Hola familia and friends! This week was awesome. We had six confirmations in the district and one in our sector which is awesome. I can't even believe what has been happening. When I got here, there had not been an investigator progressing for 6 months and we have had 3 confirmations and we have 4 more progressing. The district had been the most unsuccessful distrcit in the history of the mission. We are now passing entire zones in baptisms and rescues. We are being blessed beyond all belief right now. We have 23 people progressing and a district that has barely 5 or 6 confirmations in a the best months. I love working among this people. Every day we walk with the Covenant the God himself made 2000 yrs ago to take this people the gospel, and it is definitely coming to pass. I'm watching in a front row seat right now. I wish you guys could see what I see everyday out here. It's incredible. The people are unbelievable the work is hastening out here unbelievably fast. This week we barely escaped a pretty scary situation as well. We had been teaching a family of investigators and they were progessing quite a bit. They hadn't attended but they were super close. We were happy. Well we get to ward council on Sunday and a sister walks in and says that we shouldn't visit that family anymore because the husband is in hiding right now for a big scheme he pulled off to not pay child support for his daughter that lives with his first wife. However she also said that the Lawyer that is trying to find his house and put him away, made it to our sector. He had heard that the members had been visiting them and there was suspition that we were helping him hide, so he started going to church waiting to find him there and take him. Had that happened everything would have fallen on the church, and it would have gotten ugly. Well we found out and we completley pulled out of the family and now they are going through with a plan to make sure the ward doesn't fall into anything. We were close to being in a horrible situation, but I think we got out in time. It was nuts when we found out though. They had a baptismal date at one point as well. Here in Compania they have what is called indigenous justice, which is that the Natives punish the accused. That could have been even worse haha. It was nuts but we got out of it all thanks to the members. I'm doing pretty good out here. I'm happy. I love my companion. Things are going well. Im learning more and more Kichwa everyday so life is good. I love you guys and I'll talk to ya next week.
Hola Familia and friends! This week was hard but it ended really well. We had a lot of failed appointments and we got our laps in this week, but at the end Blanca Casteñeda said she wanted to get baptized. So, this Tuesday we will have another baptism this month. We are happy. Tuesday is my comps birthday too, so he is pretty excited. In the district for the month of April as it stands right now we will have more success than any other zone in the mission. Not bad for the less successful district in the history of the mission. I'm pretty stoked. In March we had a great month as well. I'm just enjoying the mission. Well my trunky paper got here. That was a sick joke. I don't want to go home. I think I'm going to ask President Richardson if I can extend for about a year. I hope he says yes. We have full things lined up in April as well so it's going to fly by. I'm worried that my time is coming. I don't want to accept it, but man, that blasted letter made it hard haha. My son Elder Quispe is awesome. He and I get along super well. We are doing some great work over here as well. We are hoping for a good month in April. So, in my area we have what is called "wawki Swag." Wawki is brother in Kichwa, A wawki typically is an older guy that wears a poncho, white pants, sandals and a cool lookin hat and they are the coolest people in the world. I love the people here more than any other in the mission. Well we were at church yesterday and here in Ecuador they use the word "brother" in English as slang for like Bro or to a good friend. They say Hola Mi Brother. Well yesterday a church a wawki said Hola Nukachink Brother. Or Hello our brother. He used all three languages in one sentence haha. I about died laughing when I heard it because it was the wawki that we call Mcjagger. He's got lots of wawki swag haha. It was the coolest thing ever. I doubt you ll appreciate it like I do, but it was funny haha. The Wawki that we call the Black Mamba, he's our secret weapon. Says it a lot as well. I wish you guys could meet this people to appreciate it like I do haha. It's awesome out here. It's going to be hard to walk out of this sector. But for now the work is going forward and the idea is to keep it that way. I love you guys. I'll talk to you next week. Kayakaman!
Hola familia and friends! This week was interesting. Let's start with what you're waiting for. My last companion (unless something crazy happens my last change) is Elder Quispe from Lima Peru. He is a really good guy. We are getting a long really well. He got baptized 17 months ago so he is still a little bit of a Recent Convert. He worked with the missionaries a lot before coming, so he is very well in some things. I'm just gonna help him out a little, and he is going to be a great missionary! This week we had 2 baptisms as well! Two kids that showed up out of nowhere that didn't have records in the church. We are hoping to have another this week. Blanca is super close so we are praying that it comes to pass. I also baptized Leidy Vannesa Antamba Gualevesi. She is from a different sector, but I got asked to baptize her. That was cool haha. Jesus Ivan Castañeda castañeda and Elsa Maribel Castañeda castañeda were the two baptized in our sector. We still have 5 more that could get baptized soon, so we are gonna keep working hard. It is weird to be one week from counting on two hands what i have left but I'm 'not too worried about it. My zone bullies me haha. It's all good though. There are two other missionaries who also have the time I have in the zone and they get treated a little different haha. I'm at that point where I can say I'm happy about the way I've served. It's been incredible. I want to soak up as much as I can in these last weeks. I cant believe how fast it has gone by haha. It's been awesome. In the district we are looking at a great month in March and a great month in April up to now, so I'm happy. Life is good in Ecuador. That's the update for this week. I love you guys I'll try to send pics!
Hola familia and friends!! Well changes came in and my companion went to Quito. I'll meet my new comp Thursday. I'm going to train a new a guy. It'll be my last companion haha. . . This week was alright. We had a decent week, but we are hoping for a better week this week. The good news is this. We have two baptisms scheduled for this week. Monday night we got to a members house and they said two of their kids didn't have records. They'd been lost, so they will get baptized this coming week. We still have a lot of people with a date, but we need a miracle so they can get their answers and get in the water. They all have multiple attendances and know very well what we teach, they just haven't received a set answer yet, so that's the challenge. We are very close though. It has been raining a lot lately in the sector, so it has been a little colder, but things are all good. We are very close to pulling off something pretty awesome in the district, but I still don't want to say what until I'm more sure. For now I'll keep sending names of the people in the district that we are teaching. I'm feeling pretty good about life right now. We in the mission have a saying of missionaries in their "12 weeks." It's for missionaries in their last 2 changes. I never thought the day would get here that I'd be in those, but it got here. It's weird, but all I really want is that the people we are teaching to progress. We have so much potential right now. We just need a miracle and we will have it. We have done everything possible to have it happen, so we are expecting that very soon we see some miracles here. It's pretty awesome out here. I'm enjoying every minute. I love you guys and I'll talk to ya next week.!
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