Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jamie's Letter August 22, 2011

Hello my family!
I haven't tried the bug repellant yet. I need to though. I'm going to have beautiful scars on my legs from the stupid mosquitos-great reminders of my mision. The brownies were wonderful. As always, the elders loved them. You can send jerky if you want. And maybe a little bit of halloween candy, if you want. Oh, maybe a little journal. I'm about 2/3 of the way done with my journal and only 1/2 done with my misison. I don't think I need a big one-a little one should suffice for the other 1/3 that I will have. And sticky notes. Do you know how wonderful sticky notes are? They are perfect for writing people a little note when they aren't home, and they fit perfectly in my agendas. I got the letter from Canada this week. I laughed so hard about the "DOGRVR" License plate! (I haven't seen any license plates from Saskatchewan here, but I did see one from Florida about 4 months ago...) I'm excited to go back to Canada next summer. Time goes by so quickly! I also got a letter from Bro Bemis, which actually came just when I needed it. Thank him for me, if you could :)

Why did Cameron get in a car accident? Doesn't he know that car wrecks are bad for your health? And cancer too! :( Tell Aunt JaNae that she will definitely be in my prayers, and that I love her, and that I am so grateful for her wonderful example for me.

We had a baptism yesterday! Oscar was baptized! I can't remember if I've told you about him or not. His parents are members-he's about 35 though. But it was a good experience. His dad got to baptize him. I thought that was kind of cool. A lot of dads get to baptize their kids when they are 8, not when they're 35. (I would send pictures, but I don't have my adapter with me right now :( )I'm really glad that my dad could baptize me. And that he has the priesthood-it's great. Thanks dad :) I love you!

We're still working with our other investigators too. We brought 7 kids to the church yesterday (5 are over the age of 8). We're still working on their parents, trying to get them to see the beauty of the gospel, but I think if we keep working with the kids, they'll eventually come, and have an interest. We also had 5 other investigators come to church too! We're working with a young woman, Delsa. I can't remember if I've told you about her or not. I can't remember what I've written in the weeks past. Anywho, she's been coming to church religiously since we've come, she goes to seminary, and she wants to be baptized. But her mom doesn't want her too. But we challenged her to be baptized on Sep 3, and she accepted. The only thing she needs is permission. And we're gonna keep working with her to get that permission. But we put that goal, and we have faith that the Lord will help us reach our goals.

We had cambios today. Hna Machuca and I are staying in Tuman for another cambio. Yupi!! (That also means that we'll be here for General Conference! I can't believe that it's almost time for that again! It'll be awesome!) Our DL, Eld Cahuaza, is leaving :( He and his companion, Eld Infante, have helped us out so much in this cambio, as I was learning how to train, how to be the senior companion. I have so much respect for them, and we're sad to see Eld Cahuaza go (he goes home in November too, so it's not likely that we'll be in the same zone again). But as with every change, I know that there are other people that I need to know, and that I will be grateful for all of the changes that happen in my mission.

Other than that, it's life as usual as a missionary. We keep knocking doors, talking to people about the Gospel, and feeling the Spirit. I love this Gospel so much. I wouldn't change my decision to serve a misison for anything. It has been the best thing that I could have done with my life (it definitely hasn't been easy, but if it wasn't easy, I wouldn't grow). They are doing some construction on the roads here between Tuman and Pomalca. We went to Pomalca Friday for Oscar's interview. While we were on the road, we had to stop and wait for the other lane of traffic to pass (it's a 2-lane road, one lane in each direction. You know. We've played that game before). It reminded me of all of the construction in Utah, how I don't miss that at all. And then it reminded me of the analogy I made back when I was stuck in traffic. We hate all of the delays, all of the construction, all of the slowing down that we have to do. At times it is an inconvience. But when it's done, and we have a wonderful new road, we understand what all of the struggle was for. Life is like that. We struggle. We have so much inconvience, and it frustrates us sometimes. But when it's done, we are so happy for what we have become. How maravilloso is the Gospel, that it allows us to grow. I really am "under construction" here in the mission.

I know that the Gospel is true. Thank you for all of the love and support that you give me. There are elders here in the mission that don't have the kind of support that I have, and it just makes me even more grateful for you all. I love you all so much.

I'll talk to you all later!
Hna Williams

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