Hello Family and Friends,
Yesterday was wonderful because I got to speak to my family via Skype. It was great to see everyone back in Texas. It was even better because Ouma, Oupa, Debi, Lars, and the kids were there too. Lots of you have grown up dramastically. Jasmin, Axel, and Jessie are among those I noticed the biggest difference. It was cool to see a new and improved, skinnier version of my Dad. And of course it was great to see my Mom, what a blessing.
I think you all noticed that I did not have that hard of a time speaking English with you all. I think it is because of these English classes we have been teaching lately. I have had a lot of practice leading up to the phone call Sunday afternoon.
Anyways, I hope you all had a great Mothers Day. I'm sure the BBQ dinner was excellent. I had a churrasco for lunch right before I called you all so I guess I had a BBQ meal as well.
So I bet you are wondering what is going to happen this next transfer, #6. I will be staying here in Butiá for another transfer. Elder Leal will still be my companion. He is going to be our district leader.
So what do I think about the this new transfer? I would have really liked to have been transferred to a new area as the senior companion. I feel like it is time that I be put in a greater leadership position so that I can grow and develop more quickly. Even though I will be junior companion I have decided to take on a greater responsibility. I have expressed with my companion that we can make a great difference in this area if we plan, and study together. He agreed with me and we will try and make this companionship work. I'm hoping that it is for the best that we will be companions again this next transfer. I just keep telling myself that there is still someone out here in Butiá that needs to hear my voice. Hopefully in six weeks I get to be senior so that I can start doing things the way it is supposed to be done.
In other news, we had a baptism this past Saturday. It was J's, a 13 year old girl. She is the daughter of the owner of a lucrative restaurant. It was very cool teaching her because she is really smart and fulfilled all our promises. She has been reading the BOM and going to church for about 2 months now. Her Mom would not allow her to be baptized because she is, "Too young to make a decision like baptism." During our last lesson with her I told her that I didn't want to leave Butiá without seeing her be baptized. With this motivation and a little bit of practice she was able to muster up courage and bear powerful testimony to her Mother. Her Mother quickly accepted and said that she has seen a great change in J ever since we started teaching her, so that was cool. The baptism went smoothly and after we had a Mothers Day activity accompanied with nonetheless chicken, rice, and beans... my favorite :(.
And that is about it folks. Another transfer, another baptism, and special call back home. This next transfer is going to be a good one, I can feel it. I will make you all proud