Monday, April 8, 2013

First week in Victoria

My office replacement, Elder Allen. He is awesome.

Elder Martinez! He is the new missionary that I am training.

The most comfortable form of transportation I have had in a long time.

A spider waiting to welcome us when we got home one night.


¿Còmo andan mi querida familia? Things are are going well, it is really crazy going to an area with a new missionary and neither of you know the area or the members. We have had a lot of blessings though and a 20 year old member preparing for his mission has accompanied us almost every day to help us find people and teach. The people here are AWESOME. I mentioned that people seem to have a little more success in Victoria because the baptisimal numbers on average are pretty high here compared to the other zones. And I can see why, we didnt have many days to work this week due to getting here tuesday and going to general conference, but we were able to recieve 10 referrals and teach 12 lessons as well as get to know many of the members. We also placed 4 baptisimal dates within our first 3 days here which was pretty cool. we only cover one ward.

My companion Elder Martinez is awesome, he is a new missionary so I still need to teach him alot of stuff but he wants to be obedient and be a good missionary. He doesn`t ever complain and is doing really well. He also played guitar in a band before the mission. He is from a branch in Nayarit. We get along pretty well, especially becasue he is willing to go running with me in the mornings.

We are teaching some pretty awesome people. Rosario, Jorge and Mari are 3 of the people that we put a baptisimal date with. Rosario and Jorge are going to be getting married soon, we are just waiting for some document to arrive in the mail. There are a ton of people that live in this house, I still dont know how they are all related but it is alot of fun to go there and teach becasue they always listen really well and do the stuff we teach them. And they usually make some delicious dinner for us haha.

We are also teaching vincent, the boyfriend of a member in our ward. He isnt really taking what we are teaching him very seriously, and he hasnt showed much true intent, but he accepted a baptisimal date. We are working with him and we will see where it goes.

We had an awesome lesson with another investigator that the Elders were teaching before we got here, but we just found out that she doesnt live in our area, so she can´t get baptized in our ward. I dont know why the other Elders havent already passed the referall but I really wish she lived in our area because she is really prepared to get baptized. The reason the elders have been teaching her here is becasue she works in the salon that is owned by a member.

Conference was pretty awesome, I really enjoyed getting to see it in English. I really enjoyed the talk aboutobedience that President Monson gave.

Thats cool that you guys all got to go to some of the sessions! I probably saw you guys when it showed everyone singing. 

I dont think Easter is very big here because I almost didnt even notice that it passed.

It was really aweome to see everything just kinds fall into place this week, to see that everything turned out fine and we were always able to find our way to where we needed to go and that we were able to do well even though we dont know the area, members, or investigators. I know that the Lord is helping us and will continue to do so as we serve him with all of our might mind and strength. I love being here and being able to do this work.

Have a great week!

Con amor,

Elder Johns

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