Date

August 1, 2016

Area

Marcos Juarez

Companion

Elder Barahona

Week 54 - Staying in Marcos Juarez

Hola Todos!

This week was a pretty good one, nothing too exciting happened though. The main news is that we had transfers yesterday and I´m staying here in Marcos Juarez with my companion, Elder Barahona. We have some big goals for this month and we are gonna work like crazy to have some baptisms this time around! We had a lot of struggles and disappointments last transfer and we know that we will be able to see the fruits of some of our work here.

Unlike before, we have a solid group of people that we are working with. Our best investigator is Alexis. He´s 25 years old and has had a super tough life and he loves the fact that he can start a new life through baptism! And even better, he wants to serve a mission and so he´s gotta get baptized soon if he wants to make that dream a reality! This week we had 2 amazingly spiritual lessons with him and he said that for sure he wants to be baptized soon, but he still won´t commit to a date.

Yesterday we had what we call a "charla franca" with our investigator Adriana. She accepted a baptismal date 3 weeks ago but still hasn´t come to church and she isn´t really progressing. Yesterday our lesson was super spiritual and honestly it was probably the best lesson my comp and I have taught together, but at the end she refused to be baptized and denied everything we had taught her. It´s so sad to see someone be sooooo close to accept the Savior and change their lives and in the end reject it. It broke my heart, but we had to drop her. Those are the worst moments as a missionary. I hate dropping investigators but it´s necessary to be an effective missionary... but yeah that´s just an example of what happens A LOT in the mission!

Since we are in a little town in the middle of the desert, our area is actually about 5 different cities and we get to travel to each of them throughout the week to visit members and try to find investigators there. This week we went to a little town called Inriville (where a recent-convert lives) and we found a few good investigators there. It´s tough to progress with them because it´s so far away and getting them to church is a struggle... but it´s fun that our area really isn´t just Marcos Juarez and we enjoy visiting these other little towns!

We had 16 people at church this week and a family that we have been working with for a while that has been inactive for a long time FINALLY came! They were super happy to see old friends and they said that they are never gonna go inactive again! So we were pretty stoked about that!

Other than that, things are good here. Marcos Juarez has a really bright future and everyone is focused on bringing people in to become a Ward instead of a Branch! The members are working more and more with us and the work is becoming much easier with their help!

Thanks for all the support and prayers! I love being a missionary so much and I have grown so much spiritually! I´m extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve a mission and help others come unto Christ! I love you all and hope that all is well! Have a great week!

Elder Bushman




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