Friday, January 18, 2013

January 16, 2013

This week was Elder Valenzuela's birthday - Happy Birthday!!
Parties are an excuse to act crazy!

Dear Family,

Not much has happened, except that this past week was super AWESOME!!!!!! We had a total of 14 lessons, and that´s the highest amount that we´ve had since I´ve been here!!! Super cool!!! I´m glad that you guys had a good week, and that the stress is almost gone, but aside from that, it sounds all good!! Well, now on to my really AWESOME week!!!

Thursday was the usual, Weekly Planning, but then we had 100% of the lessons that we had planned!!! I also took my Medio-Dia [lunch break] organizing the area book and making a sheet so that we could use it to pass by some former investigators. We then visited Jose and he´s doing great!! He´s doing his part to get married and to eventually get baptized! Super cool guy!! We taught him about the Word of Wisdom and it went pretty well. He was a bit confused about if he could go into bars and stuff, but we cleared things up for him. Here in Spain, a bar isn´t what you would think a bar is. Here it´s like a café, a place where you could eat a little something, like churros or whatever. We then had a lesson with Oscar about the law of chastity and it went well. Then we saw Maria, the recent convert and it was great to see her still strong. She was a little sick, but doing better. I don´t remember what we taught her, but it was a pretty cool day!!

Friday we had Cristian in the morning, a less active, and we had the lesson on the Armor of God! Super cool, especially since he invited his mom to join us in the lesson and she really liked it!! I´m sure that his mom could get baptized soon if she listens to the lessons. We then went back to the piso [apartment] and I finished organizing the area book!! YAHOOO!!!!!! I was really excited to start using the sheet that I made.  I made a sheet, with the names of the former investigators, the address, and phone numbers.  I also organized it for where the street name comes up on the street map and put the square of the map on it. It´s really cool and handy to use!! We then started using it after Medio-Dia [lunch break] and went to the port since we had a lesson with Fausto, who lives down there. We met quite a few people, but not any of the former investigators. None of them were home, but we knocked the building to see if anyone would accept the message, but no one did. We did meet a really cool old guy though!! He was really nice and loved talking to us!! We stood there listening to him for about 30 minutes until we had to go. I want to go back and listen to him again! Really nice guy!! We then had the lesson with Fausto about Noche de Hogar [home evening]. We then went home.

Saturday was by far the best day EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we went to Escaleritas [stairs] to a building next door to the place where we were going to eat and decided to pass by a former investigator there. They weren´t there so we went to the top of the building, which was floor 12. We knocked doors all the way down to the 6th floor and no one answered. We got to the 5th floor, knocked on the first door, and no one answered. Then we moved on to the next door and we heard a vacuum cleaner, and thought that they wouldn´t accept since they were busy, but knocked anyway. This girl answered, about 5 - 8 years old, and got her mom. The vacuum turned off and her mom, called Adriana, came and listened to us a bit. She then said that she was catholic and that she was good where she was at. We then kept talking and she gave us her number and told us that we could call her later to talk to her at a different time. We talked a bit more, then she said, "You know, I have about 20 minutes, you guys could come in and I´ll listen to you guys." We were both shocked, but delighted to be able to do that!! We then taught her the whole restoration and she asked a lot of questions and it was amazing!!! She pretty much told us, "Wow, it all makes sense!!! I love talking to you guys!" We were super happy and she told us to call her later and that we could meet again the next Saturday!! SUPER AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We then ate at the member´s house and it was really good food!!! We then had the lesson with Oscar about following the prophet and it went really well!!! I liked the lesson at least!! I´m sure that he understood too which is the most important part. Then we went to visit Fani. We talked to her about reading, praying, and going to church and why it was so important to do the three things. Good lesson, but we learned that she won’t be able to get baptized until March or April, because she has to get married first. She´s planning to go to her country to get the papers she needs, but that won’t be until the 11 of March. So until then, we will continue to pass by and teach her, but the baptism will have to wait.

Sunday was a pretty good day!! Oscar finally came to church!!!!!!! I was really happy to see him there at church and I´m sure that he was happy to be there too!!! We then ate with a member family from Argentina and the food was really good!!! We then went to see if Jose would be there, but he wasn´t. He was working in the Taxi, so that meant that he wouldn´t be available for a while. We decided that we would go see Oscar and see what he thought of church. He liked it and learned more about the Trinity! I love the progress that we´re seeing in him! It´s slow, but it´s going!! We then had correlation with Franklyn and then we went with him, Raquel his wife, and Nenad to a member´s house. We ran into the hermanas [sisters] there and it was pretty fun!!! Dominican members are the best!!! That´s all I can say from that visit!!

Monday we saw Jose and talked about following the prophet. He understands and still wants to be baptized. He went on his normal routine of that we wants - to get baptized so yeah. We then tried to set something up with Jonatan, but in the end, it didn´t work out, so we went to Noche de Hogar [home evening] at Jesus´ house. It was a pretty good message/lesson, but it was a bit too long. I was glad that we were sitting next to Yanira, because if not, I would have gotten bored. Not much else happened Monday, oh, but we did see a huge cockroach while waiting for the bus to go home from the Noche de Hogar [home evening]. Super nasty, but at least I can say that I´ve seen a cockroach big enough to lift a refrigerator too, hahahaa!!!!

A BYU shirt as a birthday present?  Oh, I get it, there are gag gifts!

Tuesday was Elder Valenzuela´s Birthday!!!! He´s now 26 years old!!! He´s pretty happy and had a blast yesterday with some members!! We had an eating appointment and the members, as well as their non member mom, gave him a gift. Super cool and fun as well!!! We didn´t have anything else really. Pretty bad day, but good at the same time. I had to teach English Classes at the JAS [young single adult] Center too, but it wasn´t too bad. It was pretty fun, even though I don´t like teaching English too much, but it was still fun! Not much more.

A birthday lemon cream pie!
 Today is P-Day. I bought my companion a lemon cream pie for his birthday and it´s really good!!! He likes it too so yeah. Not much more, but we´ll see if we could see Oscar and Fani. Not much else so yeah. I hope that all of you guys have a good week!!! Take care and I´ll talk to you guys soon!!! Love you all!!!

Elder Bauer

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