Well, it has already been two weeks since I came to Chascomus. Time is
Mom, Dad, and Gene, thank you for your advice and love. I will be taking it
all into account in the coming weeks and months. As for bribing, I already
did that one on a suggestion from one of the Sisters in my district. We had
a goal to each challenge two people to be baptized during the week and to
take out a baptismal date. She circumspectly mentioned that a previous
District Leader had offered ice cream as a prize. I told them I would buy
them a Kilo of ice cream if they hit the goal. I focused on the real purpose
of the goal, and they understood that the ice cream was just an added push
to do what they knew was right anyway. It helped, in the end, and they
challenged 4 people between the two companionships.
I have attached a few pictures. The first is of Elder Lopez, and Sister Rios
playing ping pong after District Meeting. The next is a picture of the buses
we take down to Dolores to have District Meeting. It takes about and hour
and fifteen minutes. They are really comfortable. The next is of a family in
our branch. The dad is the first counselor. They are great! The one of the
little girl is of their daughter, Maitena. She is already my little friend.
The other day when we were at her house, she told me "Mañana te voy a
comprar un nuevo ojo para que no te quemes más." "Tomorrow I'm going to buy
you another eye so it's not burned anymore". I just about died. Little kids
are so kind and think of the nicest things to say. The other picture is of
the little Halloween toys I got. I had already eaten all the candy! oops!
I love being here in Chascomus. The members are great, the city is great
and the other missionaries in my district are great. I am enjoying the work,
even though we don't have very many investigators. The ones that we do have are strong
though, and almost all have baptismal dates.
The other day, we were with a part member family. Both of the parents are less active, and
their daughter Luzmila has not been baptized. She is 9. We were talking to her about being
baptized, and she said she wanted to.
Whenever anyone we talk to agrees to be baptized, I like to ask them why, so that they
have to think in that moment why they are going to get baptized.
She was a little shy, and didn't want to say it out loud, she whispered
first to my companion, and then to me "Por que creo en Dios" "Because I
believe in God". I realized that as a base, that is the only reason she
needs. The first principle of the Gospel is Faith. As long as she has faith,
she will understand the rest and really understand why she should be baptized.
I love you, and everyone!