Monday, May 16, 2016

Locking down baps

Elder Merrill's Birthday
Familia y Amigos,

I hope that all of you were able to have a good week, celebrating a lot of birthdays at home and having a good time!  This week was nothing too special.  We lost a lot of time in the area because me and Elder Merrill were trying to get to know all of the possibilities that the zone has for baptism for the rest of the month.  We are working hard to get as many people as we can in the last 5 week month of President Russell, we could win the BBQ :)

Tuesday Elder Merrill and I went to Loma Linda to work with the sisters there.  We worked all day long, got to find a couple people, as well as get to know the people they have for baptism. We were able to help them to fix a couple things and they had a LOT of success in church on Sunday, which was great to see!

Wednesday we went to help some Elders out in the morning to try and get out a birth certificate so this lady can get baptized.  We had to go all the way up to the Crucero (the farthest south part of the zone) and see what we could do.  Anyway everything here is in books, they have like no computer system.  So when we got there, they told us that they only had the books from 2000 on, and the lady was born in the 70s.  Luckily the workers there knew her somehow (everyone knows everyone) and tuns out she isn’t inscrito. So she is like 40 years old and it is like she doesn’t even exist.  We lost a lot of time and the process to inscribe someone is really long and takes forever so its going to be a while before she can get married and baptized.  We had a little bit of time in the afternoon to teach some investigators.

On Thursday It was the day we had to work the most in the area, but there was also an activity at the church so we tried to bring some people there.  We also went and got to know some more of the sisters possibilities here in Altagracia that are doing great.

Friday we went around the whole zone and got to know some more people, but it was a bad day (probably because it was Friday the 13th hahah). I had this baptismal interview that was really really bad, a kid that was supposed to get baptized didn’t want to commit to stop drinking coffee, and another person told us that her mom told her that she couldn’t go to church anymore while I was getting to know people during divisions.  That kind of stunk, but to end out the night we met a cool family that is doing great for their baptism in another area.  Its crazy how we get to know so many people, their doubts, needs, and try to do everything we can to help them.  I know that I am not capable of doing it alone and the Lord is definitely here helping us.

On Saturday we had a baptism, of this kid I met the first day in the area.  It is a sealed family that went inactive a year ago and didn’t baptize their son.  We were able to reactivate the family and they are doing super awesome! We didn’t have any baptismal pants because there were also 2 other people that got baptized.  I had to squeeze into some super tiny ones hahah.

Sunday was Elder Merrill’s Birthday, and the only thing he really wanted was investigators at church and it happened :)  We bought him a cake to celebrate. They broke eggs and it was a great time.  That night we went and did some baptismal interviews and got some more people ready for this week. Super crazy week but it flew through.

This morning we played some basketball and then we ate some Mcdonalds, that was fun.  This week we have Consejo and preparing for the last week of this month which will be really stressful but I know we can break 40 baptisms in the zone!!! It would be awesome.  I love you all lots, have a great week!

Elder Hanson


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