Friday, February 7, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO HENRY!!! Moscow, Russia!! That is so awesome bud! I am so excited for you. You are going to have so much fun out there. You are going to bless the lives of so many people. I am so proud of you!

So this week has been awesome! Full of thunderstorms but so much fun. We have been seeing a lot of success in our area by following the direction of our bishop. 

But first off, we had an interesting start to this week. Elder Woods has some pretty gnarly ingrown toe nails. it took him to the point of infections in both of his big toes to go to the hospital. They saw him, cleaned out all the nasty stuff that was in there, and then scheduled him for surgery this coming Thursday. Until then, he can’t walk or do anything that requires him to be on his feet for a while because this will start the infection again or something like that. So I have been going on divisions a whole lot with the other office elders trying to get time in our area. It’s been really awesome actually. It really makes us focus on having shorter lessons and be more focused during planning. I feel like I just adopted the other half of our ward as well working with elder Castillo and elder lamb.

This past week we have had some awesome lessons. We had two lessons with the girl and dad who we found a few weeks ago who stopped us on their moto in the street. Ursula went to Brazil so we hadn’t had that many lessons with her but she is such an amazing person to teach. When she was in Brazil, she was reading the book of Mormon and said that she telling us all about what she was reading. At the end of the first lesson we had with her this week, she accepted the invitation to be baptized. Yesterday we had another lesson with her and her family and she had invited her friend over to listen to us as well because she wanted him to know what she was learning. Her father is traveling in his ship so we will start teaching him when he gets back. They are an awesome family! 

Fernando is still progressing super well. It was a little harder to find him this week but they are all doing great. 

We have been praying a lot this week to find people to teach. We have been really struggling to find people to teach in our area just through tracting alone. One day this week we felt like we should go visit one of the members in our ward. As we get to her house, we just start talking about how everything is going and what has happened recently, just start visiting. And then she just cuts us off and goes, "I bet you don’t remember this but I have been praying for what you asked me. You two came to me a few months ago and asked me to pray to find someone to share the gospel with. well, I got my answer" she goes on to tell us about her friend who had come to her to talk about how she feels that she is lacking something in her life and that she feels it is spirituality. Her friend had asked her if she could come to learn more about the "mormonas." Maria Luisa, the member, got so excited. Her face lit up when she was talking about her friend. She wanted us to come the next day to teach her. We have a lesson set up with her later tonight. ¡¡LA OBRA VA BIEN!!

This week, all of the new missionaries and their trainers came down to Montevideo to receive more training and get all of their medical stuff done. It was really cool for them and a marathon day for us. We spent about 6 hours in the car taking missionaries different places, picking up different things, getting stuff for president, etc. 

Today was an awesome day! We woke up, went and did a few hours of service for the same guy we have been working with for the past few weeks. We have been cleaning all of the dirt and rubble out of his house so he can start the actual construction. Well it has been raining a lot this week so everything in the house was just saturated with water and way heavier. We got a solid work out though which was good. So we were wheeling out wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow down these makeshift ramps into this giant trash bin. Well we got a little fan club. There was about 6 drunks sitting outside the house on the other side of the street and when they saw us running down the ramps from inside the house across the sidewalk and up the other ramp they all started yelling and shouting at us. it was funny because when someone was struggling they were all like "come on man! You got it! You are almost there!" and when we finally dumped it in they all just started celebrating and jumping up and down. haha. After service, we went and got a haircut and then we went to a member’s house to have a p-day asado. We started up the fire, threw the meat on there, and ate for about an hour and a half. Honestly one of the best asados I have ever had. 

Well I am just about out of time for this week. Sorry. It kinda sneeks up on you. But I love you all so much. I hope that you all have a great week. 

Try a little bit harder to be a little bit better. 

Elder Staffieri

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