This week was great!
The highlight of this week was
being able to go and see the Mendoza family get baptized back in Lodi! I
was really happy to see the branch there again and a lot of good
friends. There were also about 10 missionaries there that had taught
the family so I got to see good friends like Elders Martinez, Stone,
Hernandez, and thought I was going to see Elder Guzman but he didn't
make it for some reason. The baptism went really great and the Spirit
was very strong there. I was very happy to see Jovita and Juan, the
Ortegas, the Cazares, and lots of great people. I also got an email
from Arturo today that made me happy. He said that he and his family
have been going to church down in Ensenada, Mexico! He says the Elders
have challenged them to be baptized and they feel like the need a little
bit more time to learn before. He says he keeps telling his parents
that they really want me to be able to see the baptism as well as his
aunt and her family so there's a possibility that they might even come
back to Lodi to get baptized! That would make me so happy. As long as
they get baptized that is the important thing but I would be very happy
if I could see it firsthand. I am very happy nonetheless.
The work has been going kind of slow here since there aren't very many
Spanish people and we don't really have a Spanish branch or ward to work
with but we are doing our best. It seems that every interested person
we find falls through the cracks either because pastors tell them things
about the church that aren't true or the husbands/wives of the people
we're teaching don't let us do so. We are trying our best to stay
positive and keep working hard so we'll see where it gets us.
We have zone conference this week and that should be really exciting!
week I met someone from Colorado Springs! She just moved in with her
boyfriend out here in Diamond Springs. She lived in Colorado Springs
for 15 years near Bijou downtown working in a factory there. It was
really cool to meet a Spanish person from Colorado Springs because it is
the only one out here that I have ever met.
That's all for this week! Hope everyone is doing well!