October 5, 2009 (Luis Julio, an amazing young man.)
How's everyone doing? Life has been super great here in the mission. We've been working hard, and I can see all the fruits of our labors starting to bloom. It is awesome!
A week ago, we had a baptismal service for one of our investigators, Luis Julio. He is an amazing young man and will be a great missionary and member. I don't know why, but here in Antofagasta Centro we've been having a ton of success with boyfriends and girlfriends. Thought it was funny because I just remembered the phrases we'd use before the mission, things like "flirt to convert" and all that. :) However, these converts are amazing. We make sure that they have a strong testimony on their own and they aren't being baptized for their boyfriend or girlfriend. Luis has had a huge change of heart, and I just love seeing and hearing his testimony of the gospel!
This coming Saturday, we'll be having another baptism. And guess what? It's the girlfriend of a member in our ward! Her name is Leciram, and she is really awesome. She has one of the strongest testimonies and desires to learn that I have seen here in Chile. She always has tons of questions about her reading in the Book of Mormon, and she is even starting to understand Isaiah! I would call that progress, wouldn't you?
I really do love being here in the mission. Can you believe that the time is flying so fast? Before you know it, I'll be coming home, getting married, having a bunch of little bouncing babies, and our family will be huge! :)
This week, we're going to see lots of changes in our mission. There are lots of special transfers, and our threesome will disappear! I will still be companions with Elder Rivas, but Elder Brandau will start training a new Secretary for the mission and will be serving separately from us. So, we now have 2 companionships in our area. Yay!
Well, I really do love being here in the mission. Thank you for always writing and for your wonderful spirits and testimonies! I love my amazing family. Keep on being so awesome, and see you in a year.