Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Week Seventy-One: Salta

Hey fam! 
This week was pretty crazy and awesome all at the same time! 
So the Alegre family was able to get baptized this week! The father, Jorge, and his two sons, Angel and Rodrigo. We tried talking with the mom, but she wasn't interested at all. One of the reasons this week was crazy is because Jorge and his family were super against the church. He is actually very well know in the ward for causing verbal fights, throwing rocks, calling the cops, and spraying the missionaries with a hose as they pass by. The first time we talked to him, he was trying to use us to get to the bishop because he had some complaints. We talked with him in front of his house for a little. We could help him with a few problems he had and we kept passing by to teach him. No really knows why but there was a huge change in him. He went from trying to ruin the church to helping it. He goes to all the activities and helps out a lot. He is known by all the youth because he and his kids play soccer with them now. It was incredible to see someone change so much and accept the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! He has thanked us many times for helping him change his life for the better. He, like Mario, said that he has never been happier. I was able to baptize him and my comp baptized the kids. It was a great day! And the other ward had two other baptisms so we took a group white picture lol. That was pretty cool too! 
Another plus of the week is that Micaela went to the baptism. She wasn't progressing very much but when she went and saw the baptism she said she wanted to get baptized the next Saturday. And right there we planned everything. It was awesome! 
Yesterday, Mario received the priesthood and Jorge and his kids had an interview with the bishop to get the priesthood the following week! It's an amazing experience to watch these people come to know and accept the truth. There is nothing more uplifting and fulfilling so see these people change their lives, some of them a complete 180, and follow Christ and be baptized in his church! I am extremely grateful for this opportunity I have right now to be in the Lord's vineyard and watch his Atonement take hold and change these peoples lives for the better!  
Today we climbed up a mountain that's close to our house's area. It was nuts! It's just a jungle! We took like 3 hours to get to the top and it shouldn't have taken so long. The plants and bushes and everything were so overgrown that we were trail blazing and whacking the entire time! But it was pretty fun and the view from the top was awesome! We dug out some huge rocks and rolled them down the side of the mountain. That was way fun! I took some pics and videos. The videos are kinda long so I'll see if they will send.  
All in all it was a good week. We were able to see the Lord's hand for sure! I love you guys and hope all is going well back at home! I'll talk to you soon! Kiss the puppies for me!

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