Thursday, January 9, 2014

This week was awesome!! I honestly couldn’t tell you why it was so special or great but it just was. We have been working a ful! We have had some great lessons this past week which has been a product of better planning. Elder Woods and I have been really focused on planning a more complete day with back up plans for our back up plans and everything and planning lessons for every single person, we have in our planner. We have really been hitting the ground running every day. We are getting out of the offices earlier, working more efficiently, and teaching with more unity. Now having been together for a change, we have gotten our teaching down together so we are super pumped up to get out and teach as much as we can.

We have a new office Elder!!! And it a....LATINO!!! WWHHHOOOOPPP WWWHHHOOOOPP! We are actually speaking Spanish in the office now which is helping all of us out a ton. Now we don’t really have to switch from Spanish to English because is all Spanish. His name is elder Castillo from Argentina. He is such a stud. Such a goofy kid but a great missionary. One of the best teachers I have met and always has a smile on his face and laughing about something. We love having him in the offices with us. OH IT’S MY LAST CHANGE IN THE OFFICES!!

So this week we had heard that is was going to rain, but didn’t really believe it because it was crazy hot and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky so we just headed out normal. We taught a few lessons and just as we walked out of our last lesson at about 8:50. BBOOOOOMM. Thunderstorm. Well my white shirt needed a wash anyways right? jaja. Luckily I found some plastic grocery bags on the street to put my scripture case in so not as much water would soak into them. It was a fun little walk. I ruined on of my favorite ties though but good thing that Christmas just passed and we got some more! bbblleeesssiinnggsss. 

We have been working with menos activos and this past week they have been giving us references! Its been great because they have been actually offering to go with us and teach with us. They are beginning to understand that the best converts vienen de referencias de los miembros!

We had a good lesson with Daniel yesterday. It has been a struggle to get to find him again. His business takes off in the summer and he works from the morning till about 8 or 9 at night sometimes. He will leave to pick up his daughter from school and then go back to work. Yesterday, he made some time for us and we had a great lesson about the blessings of the gospel and talked about finding his own testimony. We explained that we are here to help him come to find his answer. We had our ward mission leader there with us and it helped a lot. 

Yesterday we had an interesting experience with a Jewish man. We were walking by and said hi to him and then he started hablándonos en hebreo. We stopped and asked him what he was saying and then he invited us into his house for a glass of coke (they drink more coke down here than water). We agreed and then got a lecture on the Old Testament for about 20 min. half in Hebrew. jaja. But we learned some cool scriptures though. Even learned a few words in Hebrew.  

Today, we woke up and went and played soccer. Elder woods had to sit out because he has some pretty gnarly toes. I won’t really go into describing it just in case someone is eating right now, but lets just say that both of his big toes have really infected in grown toe nails. 

My spiritual thought today comes from un discurso de Pte. Uchtdorf in his message from this past month entitled "The best time to plant a tree"

He said:
"You don’t need an invitation before you start moving in the direction of your righteous goals. You don’t need to wait for permission to become the person you were designed to be. You don’t need to wait to be invited to serve in the Church.
 We can sometimes waste years of our lives waiting to be chosen (see D&C 121:34–36). But that is a false premise. You are already chosen!
 "An old proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
 There is something wonderful and hopeful about the word now. There is something empowering about the fact that if we choose to decide now, we can move forward at this very moment.
 Now is the best time to start becoming the person we eventually want to be—not only 20 years from now but also for all eternity."
Well all i can say is HOY ES EL DÌA!! If you made a goal, get to it. It doesn’t make any sense to wait to start. If you haven’t made any goals, pray to find them. Then start. The purpose of life is to progress. We can’t be caught waiting to take the first step. Vamos arriba! Dalè! Let’s go! Tomorrow is the enemy of today. Starters are many but Enders are few. Stick to your task till it sticks to you! 
I know that this church is true. I know that Christ lives. I know of the cleansing effect of the Atonement. There is power in prayer. There is no better feeling than sharing a testimony with a friend, family member, or even stranger. I know that as we give our best, the Lord will always provide a way. I know that spanish is hard but its so awesome! I know that i love each and every one of you! 
Let’s try a little bit harder to be a little bit better this week. 
Keep the faith and a smile on your face!!

Les quiero, 
Elder Staffieri

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