Friday, September 16, 2011

4 Months Left!

So this week has gone well. The departures and arrivals stuff all went over smoothly. I've managed to get enough sleep since then, so that's good. This job is definitely strengthening my testimony of D&C 88:124 haha.

So the baptisms of last week all fell through. Darn. The one for Guillermo and his brothers and sisters was kind of an extreme situation. They had a family emergency and had to leave the city. But their baptisms are reprogrammed for this Saturday, so things should all work out ok in the end. Carlos on the other hand. I was a little nervous when we started to teach him, because he had started coming to church because his girlfriend was a member. So we wanted to make sure what his motives really were as he got interested in the gospel. We were reassured as he grew in knowlege, and once he started teaching family night lessons and stuff. He learned alot about the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, the Commandments, the importance of Baptism, and all that stuff. So anyway, I guess that he and his girlfriend got in an argument or something, and he decided that he didn't want to get baptized. It was pretty sad to see the change in him. It just goes to show that the testimony is so much more important than just knowing things.

We're currently reactivating a family named the Briceños. The dad (Jose) has been a member for a long time, his kids are all members, but his grandkids are not. His wife passed away years ago, and since then he hasn't had much desire to come to church. He kept going for a little while after the death of his wife, but he said it was just hard, because he know how much she loved the gospel, and everytime he went everything would just remind him of her, and he'd start to miss her. His son in law is up in the U.S. working right now, and I guess he just recently joined the church up there, and he's really strong and active. He comes back in December so that should be a big support for their family. Last night we went there and talked abou the Atonement of Christ, and the importance of going to the church so that we can partake of the Sacrament and show the Lord that we don't want his Sacrifice to have been done in vain. The daughter and the grandkids all committed to be in church on Sunday, and then Jose thought it over for a second, and decided that he'd be there as well. It was a spiritual lesson and it was a pretty great experience.

The companionship is doing well. Elder Olson turned twenty one on the thirteenth. We haven't really been able to do anything for him for his birthday due to lack of time and money, but I'm going to try to find time to get him a cake today. Elder Olson is what's called an extrovert, or in other words, he gains excitement and energy in large groups and big social events and stuff like that. He's really outgoing and everybody loves him after meeting him for the first time. He loves to invite TONS of members to come with us to lessons. I use to think it was overdoing it a little to have a lesson with two or three members acompanying us. The other day Elder Olson formed a group of about ten members, including a guy that's even from a different ward, to go with us to visit the Briceño family. Their house was packed full of people, and we had a little testimony meeting. It was pretty awesome. Then we split up, and I went with about five to some appointments, and he took about five to other appointments. It was a good day.

Anyway, that's about all that's been going on this week.

Mom- Let me know if you didn't get that other e mail I sent you. So on Tuesday, one of the travel people called me from Salt Lake and let me know that a missionary named Elder Young would be coming to stay the night in our offices on his way home from his mission. He was coming from the Culiacan mission, and flew here to Guadalajara first, then home to Seattle. I took advantage of the opportunity to ask him about Brennan. He said that Elder John is an awesome missionary, and that he's training right now. He said that he had got to know Elder John a little bit when they were in the same zone together or something, and that he was pretty impressed by him. You'll have to let Debbie know. Anyway, thanks for everything Mom. Love ya, Have a great week!

Den- Sounds like that U game was intense man! That stinks that they lost at the last second. Oh well. You'll have to keep me updated on how the season goes. Sweet job on getting 100 on all your tests smarty! Love ya, Have a great week!

Dig- HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY!!! Super sorry that I forgot to mention that in the last e mail Dig! Man, I'm a horrible brother. I wrote you a seperate e mail this week, let me know if you got it. Love ya, Have a great week!

Slooshbe- How are ya shash?! Sounds like your class at school is pretty awesome. That's cool that Mrs. Ford ended up being such a great teacher. Soccer's already going strong huh? Sounds fun. I heard you're going to sing a solo on Sunday or something with Mom and Nay. Awesome Shash, you're going to do great! Love ya, Have a great week!

Dad- Thanks for the info on Tanner. Could you maybe get his mission address for me? I'm not sure when he'd be arriving to the field, but I bet if I send him a letter in about a month and a week it'll be getting there right as he's starting in the field. He's going to be a killer missionary. I enjoyed your comments about the good old home teaching days. We were assigned to the best families. Those were good old days. I bet things will be pretty great if you can get yourself that new comp as well. haha. That stinks about Gram's computer. She's had a tough time with that kind of stuff. Hopefully her files can be retreaved somehow. Love ya, Have a great week!

Nay- True Aggie? Come on. I say whoever wants to be a true Aggie should throw that stool away and go do some homework. haha. Maybe you could think of a more wholesome, worth while tradition to start up there. That's cool about the musical therapy social and the swing dance invite. Sounds like it'll probably be a blast. You'll have to let me know how it goes. That and the musical number with mom and shash. I bet it'll be pretty good. Anyway. Love ya, Have a great week!

Love you all!
Elder Aguilar

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