Well, this was a great week. :) We had 4 baptisms! One of the ones that we were going to have got posponed until next week, but that´s ok! That happens sometimes. I´ll send the pictures in just a sec :) I´m so grateful for the success that the Lord has given us here these last couple of weeks. I love this little town and these people and branch so much.
So, transfer news!!!!!!!!!! Elder Reyes and I are staying here another transfer!!! Woohoo! It´s pretty crazy. I had never had a comp for longer than 2 transfers before. This new one makes 4 now. I´m just really grateful that it´s with a companion that I get along with and work together really well with. If not it would be a nightmare haha. But yeah. This month I also will have been here in Chahuites for more than 6 months. :) That´s pretty crazy too because I had never been in an area for longer than 4 months. But the crazy news is that we had to divide our area today! They´re sending hermanas here to open the area of Chahuites 2!!! That´s awesome because we know that the work is going to progress way faster and the branch is going to be super excited. Our area is now half the size that is was, but that´s ok because we know that the Lord will still give us people to meet our goals :) and we won´t even have to walk as much to do it. So, we´re pretty psyched. We´re working on finding the hermanas a nice house right now and buying them all the stuff they need before they get here (beds, fridge, table and chairs, etc).
Other than that I don´t have too much to say this week. I´m glad that you guys have two pairs of missionaries now. That´s awesome! I´m a pretty big fan of missionaries. So tell them "hi" for me and more importantly give them people to teach!!! Because knocking doors is horrible and we never find anybody that wants to listen that way. :) If you want proof you can do a comparison of how many people I had baptized in all my mission before like 3 months ago and how many we´ve baptized in the last 3 months. What´s the difference? We work to gain the confidence of the members. They trust us and let us teach the people that they love and care about. And those people get baptized. And they stay active and become the strong members. The Work progresses and the Lord is pleased and blesses us.
I testify that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace and changes lives. I´ve never lived without it, so I hadn´t realized that before my mission. Here I have seen a change in the disposition of the people who start to live it over and over again. In the MTC I understood for the first time that as I share the Gospel with people, a light comes into their lives. Some people don´t have any light in their lives beforehand. Since then I have seen that darkness replaced by light and despair replaced by hope and peace in the lives of those who have chosen to accept our invitation to come unto Christ. That´s what makes me love my mission. I am happy.
I love you all. In these busy couple of weeks starting school and ending vacations, rely on the Lord. He´ll help :)
Con mucho amor,
Elder Andrew Nickerl
This is Claudia and her 3 kids: Osvaldo, Diego, and Yovani. They´re a perfect example of a hard life made so much more happy and peaceful as it was filled with the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This is Mariana. The photo turned out kind of funny... But anyway, we had been teaching her a while back and then we stopped. Out of the blue she decided a couple weeks after that that she was going to get baptized. It´s an example of the fact that the Lord does way more to prepare people and change their hearts than we do.