Dear Family and Friends,
This week was good. We had some good lessons with a few of our investigators and members. Hermana Hill and I were talking about all the people we visit and the privilege it is. Literally about 2/3 of the people we teach are special in their own way- psychological problems, depression, addictions, etc. We could easily look at it as how hard it is, but we feel honored that the Lord trusts us to take care of these children of His. Each one of them literally has a need for the gospel and the healing effects of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and we get to be the messengers of the wonderful news.
On Tuesday night we went out and visited the branch president, President Goyes, and his family who live out about and hour in the country on a farm. We had a little family home evening. After, Hermana Goyes asked if we wanted some fresh milk and eggs. We said yes, then realized a few minutes later she had left to go get it right off the farm. President Goyes invited us to go look and gave us a small tour. It was pretty cool. And I found out I like fresh milk.
This week I also had the opportunity to meet a less active member who was the first man baptized in Santiago. Him and his wife are so sweet and kind, great people. It breaks my heart when the rush of life keeps people from making it to church and enjoy all the blessings of living the gospel. He had some amazing experiences to share. It was also his simple testimony to a friend years ago that converted the biggest active family - kids/grandkids- of our branch here. We never know what the affect of sharing a simple testimony could be.
Yesterday in church we talked a lot about love. I have seen how important love in missionary work is. Two great blessings came from showing this love. Hermana Hill and I have been trying to get ahold of two members and haven't been able to for quite awhile and were sad we couldn't. We went to both of their houses about two weeks ago and left them a little nice note with our number. Yesterday one of them called us to let us know her phone had been stolen and the only way she could get ahold of us is from that note which had our number. The other has just been really busy but found the note in the back of her mailbox and just helped her remember we're here and love her and sent us a text to be able to come visit her. I know as we show little acts of kindness it really softens people's hearts.
For pday today we went to the cathedral here and visited where the apostle James is supposedly buried. Also, the Bakes went to Madrid this weekend and there's a Costco there now so they brought us some delicious treats. And I keep forgetting to mention this, but they speak Gallego here. Almost everyone speaks Spanish as well, but I'm getting to learn some Gallego - very little. All the signs are in Gallego so I learn random phrases. It's a Spanish and Portuguese mix. I think that's about it for the week. Hope you all have a great one!
Our friend Jose
My building! (Quimica=chemical) There is a university here.