Thursday, February 18, 2016

I hope you all had a wonderful week, mine was long trying to get used to my new area!

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful week. My week seemed super long in many ways being in a new area and being disoriented for the majority of the week. It was kind of hard feeling that way because for the last six months I felt like I knew my area and I could get from one area to another without a problem. Guadalajara is a lot more complicated. The week seemed fast in other ways because we did a lot. My area touches part of the city Tonala and also part of Guadalajara itself. Our house is in a really nice residential development but the rest of the area is a bit more typical Mexico. Many people talk about assaults here, so we only carry fifty pesos (like three bucks) for buses and the other necessities. I may not be able to send many pictures because my camera is almost always at home. I think all will be well, we take care of ourselves and the Lord always watches over us. I still feel pretty reliant on my companion in the area and in getting to know people, but I know with a couple of weeks I will figure it out a bit better! Right now I still don't know many of the members or investigators but this is what I know so far: We will be having a baptism on the 20th or in two weeks. The investigators are the husband and two kids of a sister who has been a member for most of her life. Lucero is the Mom (member) and it is her husband Pedro and her daughter Maria Jose and her son Francisco (they call him Paco) who will all be baptized. They have progressed a ton from what I hear. They were seperated and he decided to listen to the missionaries as a way to fix things with her. Later on he developed a testimony of the gospel and he set his own baptismal date. I am super excited for them because they really are a great family and I see a great potential in them! It is also nice to finally have some progressing investigators to teach! Other than them we found a new investigator yesterday. He was a referral and he is an older man. He has already gone to church four times and he accepted the fifth of March to be baptized. Hopefully he does! Church was different this week because it was Stake Conference, so I didn't really get to meet many members! It was really uplifting and the Seventy, Elder Carillo Riveras, talked a lot about missionary work, so that was really awesome. Overall it was a good first week. I just want you all to know that I know that the Gospel is true in all of the world. It doesn't matter where you are or who those around you are, the Gospel never changes and is always true. I have learned that God truly loves and blesses His children in all of the world, and in all circumstances. I feel His love everyday, and I hope that all of you feel it often. I encourage all of you to ask for that love and to feel it everyday and you will all know that He loves you! He only wants the best for all of us, and He will give it to us according to our obedience. I have no doubt of this because He has made it known unto me by the power of the Holy Ghost. I love each and every one of you and hope that this week is prosperous and joyful! Take care! Love, Elder Mitchell J Condie

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