family and friends!! I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and that
you have a happy New Year! These last couple weeks have been pretty wild.
Christmas and New Year are real crazy here in Argentina (LOTS of alcohol). It
was a combo of excitement and nostalgia to realize that it was my last
Christmas in the mission. T-minus 5 months and change until I'm home.
But, while I'm here, I’m
going to work. Elder Ecklund and I have been on a GRIND these last couple
weeks. Ecklund is an expert at getting into peoples' houses contacting. He just
kind of walks into their houses and they're normally to surprise to do
anything. So, we taught a lot of first lessons this week, and have a lot of
people that are keeping their commitments (reading the Book of Mormon, praying,
and coming to church). Highlights of the week were:
Juana: Juana is this crazy lady who was an inspired
contact. She is CRAZY! She believes she was cursed by her brother, who lives in
Mendoza (very far away). Apparently, he sent her demons, and now she believes
she has a demon possessing her HAHA. But, the awesome thing is that even though
she's crazy and doesn't understand hardly anything we teach, she reads the
BofM, prays (in her own very weird way) and she came to church on Sunday!!
She's gonna be baptized soon.
Ezequiel: A former pro basketball player in the
Argentine league. He's had contact with the missionaries before. But, this time
he's ready to accept the message. He accepted a baptismal date. Love the guy!
Our zone had a lot of
success in the month of December, and had 19 baptisms! The previous best month
of the year was June, with 13 baptism as a zone. In December we were the 2nd
most baptizing zone in the mish!! Jujuy Campo on the ups.
Elder Ecklund in these
last 2 weeks has really taught me how to be an effective missionary. We are
getting a ton of referrals from the members and are looking to meet our
goal of 5 baptisms this transfer. 1 down, 4 more to go.
This Christmas it was
a little hard for me to get the motivation to get out and work. I miss the family
and the life. But, I know I'm where I'm supposed to be, and these last 5 months
are gonna be the hardest-working ones of my mission!!
Elder Cooper Ashton
PS today we had a
water balloon fight with the zone. It was lit