Hola Familia and friends! This week was busy but it was good. We are hoping for four baptisms this coming week. The Ascanta family is finally turning the corner. We are super happy. My comp is going to baptize for the first time as a missionary as well so I'm pretty excited. He is as well. The update on the earthquake, you guys probably know more than I do. All I know is the death count is up around 700 right now. The coast is devastated. Pedernales, Portoviejo and Manta don't even exist anymore. We heard the other day that the stink of the dead bodies is super strong so everyone is trying to get out. It's a pretty sad situation of here. What is surprising me a lot though is that the country is bouncing back pretty well. All over the country there are programs to get food and water and supplies out there and the country is really rallying right now to get aid out there as fast as possible. With the wounded the casualties are up around 10,000, so it was a serious deal, but they are trying to bounce back,. It's inspiring! I'm feeling pretty good. The district is looking super well for May. It appears that I may go out with a bang. It's weird to think it's almost gone but man I can't complain. I don't have words to explain how grateful I am for the experience I've had here. Very few can say they've seen and experienced what I have. I love this country so much. It's super cool. I have seen some pretty awesome miracles in my time here as well. It's been a great blessing. It truly has been the best two years both of my life and for my life. Without a mission I don't know what I'd do nor where I'd be. It wouldn't be as good though. Two weeks ago, I forgot to tell you guys, I did a baptismal interview. I had to have a translator because the sister only spoke Kichwa. Throughout the interview she had a Book of Mormon in her hands and she wouldn't let it go. I asked her through the translator if she had read some of the Book of Mormon. I was confused because very few can read in my sector. They've never had education. She replied saying she couldn't read, then an inspired question just popped into my mind. I asked "How do you feel to have the Book of Mormon in your hands?" She replied "Every time I pick this book up I feel an emotion that almost moves me to tears." It was a powerful moment for me, an older Panigo that couldn't read a word wouldn't let the book go just because of what she felt to have it her hands. I couldn't help but think that the book was written for her. It is the very people that the Book of Mormon prophets saw two thousand years ago, and it truly is changing their lives today, Even those who can't read it. It's amazing to see the power that this book really has. That book has made it from New York in 1830 to houses of stacked blocks with dirt floors where chickens and people live together as if they were family in our day.! It's truly amazing to think of all God has done in a short amount of time! I love you guys,
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