Wednesday, August 24, 2016
E-mail 5: August 16, 2016. Week five in the Bogota Columbia CCM (Missionary Training Center)
So this week has flown by. Thank you so much for all your love and support, I definitely feel it throughout the week.
Some cool experiences to share...
I can't remember if I talked about a man named Raul outside the fence or not, but we have been continuing to talk to him about the gospel. He has been reading the Book of Mormon, which has been fantastic! He really seems to like it and the Church's emphasis on families. It is amazing what the gospel can do. I really hope the missionaries can find him, but unfortunately in Bogota, the directions for addresses are really confusing. In one single block of neighborhoods there are about a thousand people that live there. It is incredible that so many people are near and haven't heard the gospel. But I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the gospel with these people.
Today we had the awesome opportunity to hear from Elder Whitney L. Clayton from the Presidency of the Seventy. It was so awesome to hear him speak. I had the opportunity to play the piano and accompany the chorus as we sang "Hark All Ye Nations" which was a testament to me as missionaries go out into the world to share this wonderful news of the gospel. I was able to meet both him and his wife, and his wife asked me "Have you thanked your mom and you dad for making you practice?" In case I haven't, thank you so much mom and dad. You have helped me so much and I feel the influence of your guidance every day.
I also had the opportunity to meet my Mission President, Presidente Baquerizo (I think that is how you spell his name). He is an incredible man, and I cannot wait to serve with him.
Some highlights of the week...
Last night we had banana bread, and unfortunately that is one of my favorite things my mom makes. I stuffed my face full of bannana bread, and had thirds, it was amazing!
I finally learned how to roll my "rrrssss". OHHHHH what a blessing. It is so nice, and I hope it will continue to improve.
Me and some Elders in my district finally beat the maestros in soccer, a first in our history. It was so awesome!!
Thank you guys so much for your influence, you guys are amazing. Good luck with everyone starting college soon, I will make sure to pray for you.
One thing in the devotional Hermana Baquirizo talked about enduring to the end means with joy. I have noticed that Spanish comes easier, the day goes faster, when we look for joy in our lives, which mostly comes from living the gospel and serving others. I am trying to apply this in my life.
Anyway, I love you guys.
and all things will work together for your good.