Aquí anda (they use "andar" here sometimes instead of "estar") mi carta al presidente:
Esta semana bautizamos a la Hermana Albertina Velazquez Pereyra. Encontramos a ella mi segundo día, y hemos visto un gran cambio en ella en el último mes. Eso fue una experiencia muy especial para mí, y me dio mucho animo de trabajar con mas diligencia para que podamos llevar el gozo que trae bautismo y progresión en el Evangelio a mas gente aquí en el área San José.
Algo que hicemos muy bien esta semana fue nuestro invitaciones. Aprendimos que realmente sólo hay que hacerlas. Mediante eso, podíamos ayudar resolver muchas dudas que tenían nuestras investigadores. Algunas cosas en que nos vamos a enfocar esta semana son los siguientes:
1. Hacer hincapié en las invitaciones. Si nuestros investigadores no guardan sus compromisos, no ganan fe. Vamos a planear mejor en centrar las lecciónes en las invitaciones, y explicar mejor nuestro proposito en invitarles a venir a Cristo, y que no van a acercarse a Él sin leer, orar, y asistir a la iglesia.
2. Tener mas investigadores en la iglesia. Esta semana, vamos a pedir los numeros de todos nuestros investigadores para que podamos hablar con ellos el sabado antes. También, nuestra primera meta de hacer hincapié en invitaciones ayudará nuestros investigadores a hacer esto al reconocer la importancia de eso.
So, just a couple of things real quickly that I wanted to say last week that weren´t necessarily super important (actually a couple of them are maybe) but I just wanted to say.
1. I sent some packages in the MTC my last week. I know you got the one with they hymn books (and MTC books and stuff, right?), but I sent one with a sweater and my extra set of Spanish scriptures, and I´m not sure if that one got there too.
2. My camera charger is very MIA. Not good. I looked for it like an hour last p-day and could not find it. It leads me to believe that it is gone. So if you had some way of getting another one of those (although I´m sure it will be awhile before it gets to me) that would be awesome because I don´t have a camera until then... For now I´m using Elder Howell's. If not, I could find one to buy here if I needed to.
3. I CUT MY OWN HAIR. Two weeks ago. It was terrifying. I think it looks ok but I don't really know... It´s not really at the top of my priority list :)
Now to respond to your questions:
1. We´re close to what´s called "The Stone of Izapa", which apparently has Lehi´s Vision engraved on it. We haven´t had time to do really anything on our p-day´s though. They're really busy. I don´t think we´re close to any pyramids though... Not sure.
3. Sorry--I can´t really think of anything specific that would be nice in a package other than just a camera charger... I´ll try to think more about that and get back to you.
4. That might be a good idea. I do print out the emails every week so that I can have them when I get around to writing letters (although I have been reading them all during my hour too, it would probably be better if I started not doing that and just emailed--that way I would have more time--I just like being able to feel a little bit more connected before I respond).
So!!! It´s so good to hear from you guys each week. I really miss you (although I would rather be here at this point in my life :p) and I pray for you all each morning and night. Mom, it´s ok that you had to drop your Spanish class, the language will still be more or less the same in 6 weeks :) It´s better that you learn it well anyway so that I can talk your ear off in Spanish in a couple years :p the awesome thing about Spanish is that although in and of itself it´s a pretty tough language (just because the verbs conjugate in a thousand different ways), the pronunciation is infinitely easier to pick up than English, and there are way less idiomatic expressions, and it just makes sense in a lot more ways.
So, this week was the baptism de la Hna. Albertina (as seen in my letter to Presidente Cárdenas--how did translating that last week go?)! She got baptized Saturday and confirmed yesterday. I´m trying to send a picture from Elder Howell´s camera but I´m not sure if I´m going to have time.
So, this week changes are seen (just kidding--my English isn´t that bad yet). This week we have transfers. Elder Howell and I are staying here in San José. By the way, this week I found our chapel on LDS maps, it´s the furthest one south in Tapachula (the wards are San José y Indeco). I don´t think we have any satellite imagery in our area though. Anyway though, our district leader, Elder Townsend (who is an awesome missionary), goes home in 4 weeks (right in the middle of a transfer, which is really weird, apparently his family is moving to Peru and they need his help or something, so he´s going home two weeks early). Anyway, apparently he´s supposed to be training someone new there in Indeco, but then he´s leaving after that. So the new guy will have to know the area in 4 weeks. I feel like I know my area really well after 6 weeks, but after 4 I´m not sure if I would have, and Indeco is a lot bigger than our area. So we´re a bit confused about that. We´ll see what happens.
Update on investigators:
Cesar we found twice this week. That was awesome. We invited him to be baptized the 30th, and he agreed, but the investigators have to come twice to church before they can, and he didn´t come this Sunday because of work, and he has to work one of the next two Sundays, so we´re just praying that our lesson about the Sabbath day goes well and that we´ll animate him to ask for the day off work.
Gabriel did not come to church again. We´re really frustrated about that, because he said he would, and that means we´re going to have to move his baptismal date back from the 23rd. He still hasn´t been to church yet, so we´ll be focusing a lot on that this week.
A couple other people too, but I´m out of time on my machine so I´m just going to get on Elder Howell´s (he´s done and he has a little bit more time still) and send the picture from the baptism.