Thank you for coming here this day.
This letter´s gonna be a little shorter cuz I just talked to everyone not too long ago. :) Hooray!
Okay. So, as you already know, I have a new companion! Her name is Hermana Fernandez, and she is not from Mexico, but from Salta Argentina. She served for a year in Mexico, went home for a minor sugery from which she recovered in about a week, sat around at home for four months waiting for her reassignment, and has now arrived in San Rafael! She´s great. You always learn a ton from your companion, and I guess some things that I´ve learned from her the time that we´ve been together are 1) the Mexico mission is very different, and a lot stricter on...everything. Not to say that the Argentina mission is slacking on the rules, just that things are a lot more dangerous in Mexico, so the missionaries need a little bit larger boundry lines. I´ve heard some pretty scary stories from Hna Fernandez of stuff that happened to people and missionaries in Mexico. Not to scare anyone away from Mexico, I´ve also heard lots of good things, and she really misses her mission. But, yeah. Lots of precautions.
BUT I can say I´m way excited to be working with her, because the things she learned in Mexico, the tactics they use in teaching, finding, goal making, planning, EVERYTHING are really helpful, and we´ve already seen lots of results.
And here´s the news everyone´s been waiting for! Mauricio attended church!!!!! Sunday morning, instead of doing our regular studies at 8, we walked half an hour to his house to ask if he wanted to come to church, and he did! A member found us walking to church with him and gave us a ride, so we even got there on time!
But wait, it gets better. After sacrament we went with a member to teach Mauricio a lesson, and at the end, he re-accepted a baptisimal date! January 24th. WAHOO! We´re so excited.
And I guess more than that, I´m a little more committed to doing all I can in helping him prepare to be baptised on that date. Becuase last time, although part of the problem was that we could never find a time when he was at home to teach him and help him prepare to be baptized, I feel like we didn´t really sacrifice all we could in helping him to be ready. We could have tried a lot harder in getting lessons, in bringing him to church, and explaining what it actually meant to have the goal to be baptized.
So I´m way excited to work with him and Hermana Fernandez. Thanks for all the prayers for him and for us! I can´t wait to see the changes God can help him make in his life, and so thankful for the priveledge to be teaching and working with him.
Have a great week!
p.s. The pictures. When Hna Fernandez got in we went with Hna Lopez to a Mexican retaurant to eat dinner with the president and his wife. That was fun! The tortillas were not real tortillas, and the spicy wasn´t really spicy. So, it wasn´t really Mexican, but they did the best they could. Also, we all went to the stake center with the missionaries to make Asado on Christmas, so there´s some pictures of it. Yum!