Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sorry so slow posting Elder Aguilar's email this week!  I was out of town.  He's doing great!  Enjoy...

Hey fam! How is everyone? I'm running a little low on time this week so the e mail might end up kind of short.

This week was rough in our area. We had a really hard time seeing success, and it was tough to stay excited and happy in front of the rest of the zone so that they wouldn't get discouraged, but it was worth it because the missionaries here are doing super jobs, and our zone is actually leading the mission. So that's cool.

I don't remember if I ever mentioned this, but a few weeks ago we were walking down the street when a man yelled over to us. We went over to talk with him and it turned out that he's the director of a rehab center. He invited us to come talk to his group about the gospel, and we accepted the invitation. When we got there we were surprised to find that it's a pretty intense rehab center. It's a sixth month program where the patients are kept in their rooms 24-7, for six months! They all live in the same big room in the basement of the guy's house, were they recieve various treatments to help them get over addictions. There's a huge variety of people there, from guys that have had serious problems and are no longer able to socially function, to guys that had mild alcoholic problems and just want to be the best they can be for their families and stuff. There's also a seperate room upstairs for the girls who need treatment, and one of them is a mother of four kids. It's kind of sad to think of the things these people have had to go through, but it's great to see them making the changes. There's about five or six out of the group who have absolutely loved the message of the restoration of the gospel. In our lessons they've even stood up in front of the rest to bare their testimonies of how Heavenly Father answered their prayers, and blessed them with testimonies of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. They also love the story of Joseph Smith, so we promised them we'd bring the movie of "Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration" for them to see. That's the one that's like an hour long. We didn't really have a way to watch it with them, so we asked the assistants if they could lend us the mission's projector. When they were in town they brought it to us, and they actually came to the lesson, with President Jepsersen. So that was kind of cool. President was impressed with the group, and told me of a similar experience he had in Ecuador when he taught in a prison.

Anyway, that's part of what's been going on lately. haha. Love you all!

Shash- Sounds like that thanks lesson was super! Gratitude is very important. Love ya! Have a great week!

Nay- That BFF thing would have been sweet! haha. Too bad it didn't work out. Love ya! Have a great week!

Den- Sweet job making comp soccer man! cool. Love ya! Have a great week!

Dig- Have a blast in Lava man! The quest trips are the bomb! Love ya! Have a great week!

Dad- Thanks for that advice on the burrying the weapons thing. I'm thankful for a wise worthy priesthood holding father that can always give me advice in the time I need it. If only all fathers were that way this world would be a different place! Love ya! Have a great week!

Mom- Thanks for the updates on Tanner. Thanks for your dear elders too. I love getting them everytime, and just like you often mention, it feels like you're just talkin to me in real life when I read them, which helps me alot. The picture attached is of us with a few of the members of the Rehab clinic I mentioned in the e mail. Love ya! Have a great week!

Love you all!
Elder Aguilar

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