Hello family and friends!
Looks like the seasons are changing here and we have had several days of rain this week with much cooler temperatures. A less than ideal welcome to the coast for my new companion. In a week or two all the tourists will be gone and school will be starting here again on March 1. When the people are gone we will be able to spend our Pdays on the beach, so we are all looking forward to playing some futbol and frisbee on the beach as a zone! Apparently the church has been working with Google to set up a new myldsmail system, just a heads up because my address may change in the next week or two.
Things are going really well with my new companion Elder Adair. He is from Kamas, Utah and has about 16 months in the mission. Speaking english in the pension has been nice and we always have lots to talk about. Its always interesting to me seeing how each of my companions have different approaches to missionary work and there is always a lot to learn. He did have a bit of an argument with our Ward Mission Leader in our Missionary Correlation meeting, (he is pretty difficult to work with), but things are better now after some good council from Pres. Asay.
We are looking forward to having the baptism this Saturday for a 68 year old lady named Natividad! We found her several weeks ago and it turns out she had met with the missionaries several years ago and was going to be baptized until her "angel missionary" got transferred to another area. Its sad to see people that are converted to the missionaries rather than the church, so we have been trying very hard to help her gain a testimony and to make friends in the branch! The members have been a great support in welcoming her at church and accompanying us to lessons. She understands the gospel really well and is excited to be baptized. She is a bigger lady and is worried that we wont be able to get her back up out of the water, but we reassured her that there is nothing to worry about. We have several other people that are progressing really well and we hope to see several more baptisms in the next couple weeks!
That’s all for now! I hope you all have a great week and a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to KRISTINE! :)
Elder Ian Wheelhouse