Dear Everybody,How are you all? I hope things are great in all of your lives. =) This week was a good one, we worked hard. It is funny how the mission works, but if you just go work your hardest and stop worrying about being happy - You will be happy! This week was a good one for me. The members are struggling a lot here though, so that has been really sad for me. I am hoping that somehow I can help them see the light in this life - Christ. Because I know when we come to Him, we will be happy.
So, in the email of my dad he included four questions that lots of people are asking him, so I am going to answer them =):
1. How is Aaron's Spanish?
I feel pretty confident with my Spanish, my pronunciation is a bit off at times, but I can speak to anyone and they can understand me and I can understand them. When I get tired though, my Spanish gets a lot worse. On long days when I have rode lots of miles on the bike, my mind is usually done with Spanish at aboutÂ 10 o'clock.Â
2. What has he enjoyed most about his mission so far?
Definitely being with the other missionaries. I love the Elders and Sisters here in the Coast, each one of them is great. In the coast we are isolated from the rest of the mission, it is almost its own mission. Because of this, I have grown close with the missionaries that have been here. I love them all, they are all so fun to be around. It is fun to be with all of the elders and see a Brazillean, a Peruvian, a Mexican, an El Salvadorian, and a few white kids. It is quite a mix!
3. What has been discouraging for him?
The most discouraging thing for me has been when the members have forgotten what they know. We have had spiritual meetings with lots of tears, great activities with laughter and fun, and have been through a lot together these past few months - but the members forget their testimonies. The members forget their blessings.Â
For example, someone does or says something that offends someone else. Even though it was something small and the member can't remember why - they remember that they were offended and they won't come back. They lose a lot of blessings because they can't forgive someone for what they did. They forget that the church is something they need because someone did something they didn't like. Drama destroys a lot of unity here.
4. How is the work going for him?
The work is going good. These past few weeks we have found some new investigators and we are hoping that they can progress. Sometimes it is hard doing the same thing every day, but only in the beginning. At the end of the day I always feel good if I have worked my hardest. I always find that I can do what I need to do every day if I just square my shoulders and try. God is really great to me, He always blesses me with the capacity to get things done.
Anyways, my thought for you all this week is on families. Elder Quentin L Cook and Elder Robert D Hales spoke to all of the stakes here in South America via satellite and they both touched on the importance of families. I hope you all know and I testify to each one of you that there is nothing more important for you to do than to take care of your family. If there is a problem in your house, do not wait. Fix it. If there is something that needs to get done, do it. Love your families, serve them, and work hard. I love you all so much, I consider you all a part of my family. If there is anything I can do for you, even though I am a couple thousands miles away, let me know. I will try.Â