Monday, January 12, 2015

El Vos de Canas

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

(Note to Friends)
I have learned a lot this Christmas season. We really can and should have the Christmas Spirit ALL YEAR. The best way to do so is really look in at yourself like the scriptures have taught, and the prophets repeated many a time, look not to cast the splinter out of another's eye, but look to cast the beam out of your own first. It´s amazing what you learn when you quit judging others and look inward to see what you can do to become better first. It really does bring us closer to Christ. Hope all is well with those who have all been so good to me, my examples, my friends, mis amigos. May we all strive to "conocer" the words of Christ and act to follow Him, not just "saber" His words and have a belief. Let us be filled with the light and life of Faith this new year and Continually strenghten the Christmas Spirit and Always Remember Him! Con Amor- Elder Terrance Farnsworth

I guess you have to trust the people here when they say nobody will be here on the First of the Year (we went through the streets looking for restaurants to eat at, because our cook was unavailable, and it really looked like a ghost town. We could cross the streets without worrying about any, and I mean any, cars; with the strong winds here and the trash in the street, someone could´ve made a pretty good movie shoot). Anyways no one was to be seen and almost all the restaurants were closed. However during the night of new years (after having a meal with some members and tres leches, and after retiring to bed) I woke up at 12:00 en punto to the sound of war. The real south was rising again. Fireworks were going off all over the place. Back on the subject of our lunch, we found a fruit stand open and bought WATERMELON! Piñas, y Fresas or strawberries, we then went home and made some great smoothies, One of my companion´s specialties. I am converted to fruit smoothies and milkshakes!
To trust the word of the people once more, they all told us that the first Sunday of the year a ton of people come and we saw it happen! Hardly any room to put people. We had 90 people assist church this Sunday! Lately it has been 54 to 60 in attendance. If we can keep 'em coming for a period of time and keep bringing more in, we´ll be needing a ward and a new chapel! That´s the goal!

The story of H., well she woke up very late we did all we could to wake someone up y nada. She´s a tough case to get to church. L. had "mucho trabajo" y didn´t end up coming. With C, well we found out that some "mormon misioneras" hurt his families feelings a long time back calling a picture of the Virgin Maria a Maldito, very very bad to do. Yet he likes talking with us, and apparently doesn´t know that we are mormons as well. We both felt it better to share a very brief message that our purpose is to help others come unto Christ, to which he agreed and thanked us and we left. We have yet to see what happens with him. We felt it better to give some space to let him think and return when he would be willing to hear us out. HQ refferals, we still have yet to contact face to face, but contacted one by phone (who was too busy in the moment) and believe we have found the house of the other.
The two friend requests are of members, G. our convert and the daughter of the president of the other branch, a very good family.
Yesterday for P-day we made P-izza! It turned out very good and I think it was a good activity to have as a district. I also bought ice cream with some of the money I pulled out for the belt. It is good ice cream. We have started to see many miracles as far as members are starting to give more refferals ans we are going to have our first ward council meeting! In which we hope to gain ground in getting a Mission Leader (which we haven´t had for most of my time here). We´re excited for the progress we´re making. The winds of opposition are blowing hard here in Cañas but we´re continuing forward.
It is good to hear about Clint (a cousin that just got married) Kind of strange but really good. I´m glad all is still well back home. Kind of strange, we see rainbows just about every day, eat watermelon, and back home you see your breath everyday. Love yall lots, hope you´re all having fun,  Adios hasta el proximo!

A few more pictures from his previous outing to the rainforest:

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