30 April 2013

Nathan's Letter Dated April 29, 2013


Hey so this week was awesome. It went by very, very fast! It was just a week full of teaching, so I was happy! Our investigators of last week are doing well, and we found a few more this week that could be really, really good. La Serena is known as the city of churches, because there is a chapel on every street corner. Fortunately, that means that going to the church on Sunday runs in the blood, and every one of our friends that we invited came this week.

We had a really cool experience this week with our friend Esteban. He has been going to church for about 7 months and had been struggling with a few addictions until about 1 month ago. He made the decision, changed his life, and is getting baptized this Sunday. I suppose that every person has his time, and when somebody is ready, they are ready!

Abel y Elinor made us some arrepas con carne mechada, which is a typical Venezuelan dish that is made for special occasions. We took some pictures! One is Isabela, who is three. And the other is with Elinor, who made the delicious food.

This week we had 5 baptismal interviews that we had to do, in addition to the regular interview with our mission president. Needless to say, I was in my best suit all week long!

So I am going to share with you all one of my goals for the next two months. I want to contact 140 people every week! That means that in between our teaching appointments and meetings during the day, we need to contact 20 people every day. It won´t be easy, but it can be done!

This week I was studying one of my favorite parts of the New Testament, Matthew 14. Here Christ founds out that his cousin, John the Baptist, was beheaded. He went out to the desert to be alone and pray, but a huge multitude found out where he was and they went out to him. Can you imagine how rude that interruption must have been for the grieving Christ? Here comes 13,000 people to cut short your prayer and meditation. Well, Jesus demonstrates incredible compassion by taking all of the sick and afflicted and healing every one of them. He taught the multitude, providing spiritual healing. Then, to top it all off, he feeds them all with five loafs of bread and two fishes. After serving and thinking of others all day long, he finally was able to pray alone, and receive the spiritual strength that he needed.

I learned that the key to overcoming our trials is first thinking of others. As we bless others, God in turn blesses us.

I love you guys a ton!

Elder Hales

Little Isabela - so cute!

Elder Hales and Elder Hancock enjoying a Venezuelan meal

The Elders with Elinor

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