Sunday, July 19, 2009

Working Hard

I perhaps expected my shoes to wear out near the end of my mission, but not after just a few months. Thanks to the Missionary Mall's guarantee, I should have a new pair soon (or at last as soon as I get packages here which isn't very often).
The baptism of Vanessa and Yosselin Tiznado took place on July 10, 2009. Vanessa is on the left, then Rufy (joven [youth] in the ward who baptized them), Yosselin on the right.
(Left to right): Here are Yosselin, Hna Artero (my companion) , Karen (who we never did get permission for, but who still comes to church and loves listening to us), and Vanessa.
And now, the whole group. Sorry the picture is blurry but my camera is not the best. I'm hoping to buy a new one when I perhaps get back together with Hermana Pasi since it not only doesn't always take clear pictures, but also the flash broke. It's difficult to buy one with a native companion since only the very rich are able to afford cameras down here

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Life in General

Baptisms are probably one of my very favorite things out here in the "mission field." This is Maximiliano Marinero, an 86-year-old ex-evangelical preacher, who has really had a miracle unfold in his heart and in his life as he has embraced the Gospel. The key to his change of heart was the Book of Mormon. It was truly wonderful when he received the Gift of the Holy Ghost and expressed the peace and joy that came over him when hands were laid upon his head so he could receive this gift.
Another thing I really love about life here are the pupusas. I'm not sure how many I've eaten so far, but suffice it to say, I've quit counting!
Our bishop (obispo) is a wonderful man. He is so excited about the work that Hermana Pasi and I are accomplishing here that he has entreated our mission president to leave us together for awhile yet.
These two jovenes (youth) posed with us the day before they left for the CCM in Guatemala to begin their missions. Erick Moreno is on the left and Victor is on the right.

A Service Opportunity

Hermana Pasi and I were able to do some service for a school for handicapped children early in June.
This picture is of the schoolyard where the children play.
Because the school was down near the coast, I was finally able to actually see the ocean. It is beautiful! This may be my only opportunity to get near the water, so I'm enjoying the beauty and serenity of being here.
Hard to believe that I took this with my little camera from Walmart--it's so pretty here that it's hard not to take a great picture.
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