Sunday, June 8, 2014

This past week has been so awesome! We have been seeing some miracles in our area! 

We had such an awesome lesson with Jose y Mariana this past week where we talked about marriage and the family and they expressed their desire to get married. And JOSE FOUND WORK!!!! And a blessing for us, it is in this bakery that closed down a few months ago where we went every day for breakfast! haha. But we are so pumped. He has been looking for work for so long and we have been praying with him for a while so that he can find it and he finally did! aaaahhhhh I seriously felt like jumping up and screaming I was so pumped when he told us. But that would have killed the spirit so we kept it in until we left. And the best part is that he doesn’t work on Sunday. Ever since he has accepted the invitation to get baptized, everything has been falling in place. It has been such an awesome week with them.

The familia Machado is progressing again! And so is Jesus! We have been finding a ton this past week too! Ah it has just been awesome. 

This past week we talked about making the most of every moment in the mission! And making sure we are making the most of every lesson we teach. Even though I was the one giving the class, I think I might have learned the most. Sometimes I get content with giving 90 percent or even 80, I don’t know if it’s just being lazy or if it is insecurity about going a little farther or pushing a little more, idk. But this past week, I was reading and studying, and realized that I don’t have time to be content with less! That’s not what I am here for! So we redoubled or efforts this past week and have been going the extra mile in obedience, diligence, and teaching. And we have been seeing the blessings in our investigators and menos activos. Everything seems to be looking up! This has been one of the weeks where I have just been so stoked out of my mind to be a missionary! Well, I am every week but this week in especial. 

We also had a few difficulties this past week as well. My comp is having some health problems and couldn’t leave for 2 days from the house. And there was literally no one to go out with. I think I called just about every man above the age of 16 in Artigas who could go out and they all couldn’t. But there was another missionary who was sick so I went out on divisions with elder Chavez. We had a great day.

And Elder Pulsipher went on divisions in my house!! whoop whoop whoop! It was fun to get hang out with him a little more. We have such a blast together. He is such a stud. He knows so much Spanish already and is loving every minute of the mission. I feel so blessed to be here serving with him in Artigas. 

This past week we had church together with another ward because they were having elections in our building. We had probably one of the most spiritual testimony meetings I have ever had the chance to be in. many of the members here in Artigas were baptized in barrio 2, where we had meetings Sunday and they all bore their testimonies about that. It was so awesome. And the best thing ever happened Sunday.....CLARA LEAL CAME TO CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAHHHHH!!!! I WAS SO STOKED OUT OF MY MIND THAT SHE FINALLY CAME! I HAD THE BIGGEST SMILE ACROSS MY FACE THE WHOLE DAY! I WANTED TO GIVE HER A GIANT HUG I WAS SO PUMPED! We have been working with her since I got here and doing just about everything we could think of to help her to get to church and she finally went! She also bore her testimony!! It was so awesome! Few times have I ever been so happy! 

Well, sorry that is all the time I have for this past week! It’s been challenging but it has been awesome. I love the mission so much! It has been one of the biggest blessings of my entire life. I cannot thank my Heavenly Father enough for this chance I have to serve. There is no place I would rather be. 

Let’s all try a little bit harder to be a little bit better this week! 

I love you all so much! 

Con cariño, 
Elder Staffieri

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