This past week has been a very busy week. I can't believe that Wednesday is already here! We've had service projects, Zone Conferences, and all sorts of stuff.
So last Thursday we had Zone Conferences with Elder Cornish. Amazing!! We learned about the importance of the first lesson and how to teach "God is our loving Heavenly Father" first because everything leads back to that. If people don't know we have a Father in Heaven, they won't believe the Plan, Prophets, The Atonement, scriptures, the church, everything. If people don't realize we have a God who loves each one of us individually and personally, what is the point of all of this? We also learned about teaching people and not lessons. The mission has tons of investigators, but few baptisms; so Elder Cornish talked about why that's happening. We need to have the spirit in the lessons, and that only comes if we teach the people and not the lessons. President Douglas also talked about the responsibility we need to have with all the changes in the mission. We so many new missionaries in the coming months, we will again have 4 man houses, and alot of missionaries will be training, so we must prepare for that. Overall, I was very happy with Zone Conferences and I learned a ton!
Friday morning we did a service project at a school. They want to use more of the school and maybe involve us missionaries more. So we spent the morning cleaning this huge school house. It was in the downtown, old part of Santiago, so it was a really old building and pretty cool! My group was in charge of cleaning the side patio of the building. After about an hour and a half we got it all clean and then they starting dropping trees off the roof, so that all went down the tube. But we cleaned it up all again and made it look really nice! I had a really good time and got to meet alot of new missionaries. Go service!
The branch in Gurabo is really starting to take shape. Callings are being made and the leaders of the branch all want our help. They are asking for addresses of investigators, when they can do exchanges, who needs the Primary, who needs the Relief Society, who need this or that. Honestly, I love it! I don't know what to do with it all! I really have a testimony that this branch will be one of the strongest wards in Santiago in a few years.
As far as investigators go, we are really working hard with a few families. Hopefully I will have some news in the coming weeks. We've also been trying to find some more. Funny story, with the division of the ward/branch we lost 4 families to the other Elders. They were complaining that it's too far from their house and the mission president said they just received 4 really good families for free and not complain. Haha, I thought that was funny because I was really sad to tell them we couldn't teach them anymore. They really are 4 really good families.
The work continues to push forward here in Gurabo! I know this church is true and that Christ is our savior and redeemer! This Christmas let us look for Christ more in our lives. I encourage you all to read the December Ensign or Liahona, they're just absolutely loaded with amazing Christmas stories. I know that as you look for Christ in Christmas, you'll find he's already found you. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.