Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalms 46:10-11

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Pday again, what the heck ha ha. This week has seemed to go too fast. Looking through my agenda last night to see what I could share with you today I was thinking "we haven't done anything, I don't even remember this week!" But looking back we actually had a pretty busy week and a couple good things happened :)

But first, I apologize for getting after y'all for my year mark, I honestly didn't know that I had asked not to have it mentioned ha ha. From here on out don't worry about it, I have enough time that I'm more scared by how fast it's going than actually thinking "I have HOW much time left?!?!?!" ha ha.  Mom, don't worry about the living conditions, they're just fine.  I've learned to live among cockroaches, crickets (OH and there are CRICKETS), flies, mosquitoes, and we even found a rat the other night hanging out in our kitchen (now THAT was an experience not to be forgotten.  Let's just say that my comp has an extreme fear of rats and I was honestly surprised by how little it affected me ha ha) And above all, in spite of the fact that it would be easy to get
discouraged with some stuff that's going on, lack of baptisms in spite of hard work, comp troubles, branch problems, personal issues (that everyone has ha ha) I find myself more relying on the Lord for support and comfort.  A cita falls and I don't find myself discouraged or angry, someone doesn't come to church (and I do feel disappointed) but I don't find myself wanting to give up.  I find myself with a reassuring feeling that I am doing my job, I am working hard and trying to improve myself, I am trying to help others come unto Christ and I cannot take away their agency.  I find myself calm in moments of struggle, and I find myself with a desire to never give up, to try a little harder, work a little harder, love a little more, forgive a little easier, and basically just become more like the perfect example that all of us tries to follow in this life, the perfect example of Jesus Christ.  Because I have learned to listen more to the spirit, to recognize his promptings and comfort, to have him be a bigger part of
my life, I never want to give up, because I always have his help.

I didn't really plan on sharing that but it just came out, I hope it can be read in the spirit with which it was intended.  I hope it can help someone :)

Now, mom asked if talking to my comp helped... sorta?  I dunno, it's hard to give a lot of details but just pray for me ha ha.  Nicole said I should share my difficulties and right now there really are a ton, but what I wrote up there is absolutely true.  Just keep me in your prayers.  :)

As for investigators.  An appropriate nickname for San Antonio Huista would be The Land Where It Is Super Easy to Find Super Positive People That Get an Answer to Their Prayers and Then Decide to Do Nothing About It.  However, that nickname is a bit long so from here on out I will refer to this place as TLWIISETFSPPTGAATTPATDTDNAI.

Example 1: The family Marroquin.  They continue to be SUPER positive. We have great citas with them.  This week we had 2.  We had a Family Home Evening in their house with some members and we talked about The
Family.  They LOVED it :)  It was a great cita and the spirit was great. They got super excited and we went back on Saturday for the cita on Saturday and also super great. We talked almost exclusively about baptism.  How they felt, what impeded them and they say they just want more time.  But then Marvin brought up that we never know when Christ will come or when we will be called to die. He didn't mean it in the sense of baptism but we took it an ran with it.  We talked about how there isn't time to wait, how we need to act NOW on the commandments of God.  We challenged them to pray with us right there and ask for an answer as to whether the church was true and they needed to be baptized and they did it. The spirit was good and you could tell that they felt it.  We left then, so they could talk and feel and listen.  But then they didn't come to church. Marvin lost his job last week so he had to do the oficios of the house on Sunday morning because he's been working all week.  It's a rather thin excuse but we're going back tomorrow.  So we'll see what they say ha ha.  Oh, and also he talked about how he could see the that the church could bless his family that he could feel happiness and peace when they talk about the things and we're like "WELL THAT'S THE SPIRIT" but they always want more time ha ha.  So we're praying hard and working harder with them.  We still feel good about the family, we just need to help them overcome their difficulties.  :)

Now with Clemantino, we also had a great cita with him.  He tells us that he's at about 80 percent sure that he needs to be baptized.  He just lacks a little bit.  But he's still praying and reading and having good experiences so we can't really complain there :)  He's had a ton of really good experiences with the spirit so we're really counting on him to go through :)

With the families Lucas and Armas we had some bad luck as far as citas go. With the family Armas we were going to go yesterday night but at about 5:30 the power went out in ALL of TLWIISETFSPPTGAATTPATDTDNAI and we couldn't go to their house due to that (have to be inside after dark if there's no power) and plus the way to their house is a little sketchy so we didn't want to do it with zero light ha ha.  But we're going to stop by tomorrow as well and see what they say.  We had agreed that they were going to read and pray and we were going to talk.

As far as the Family Lucas.  We couldn't meet with them but we did meet with just the dad and get him excited a little more.  We told him that if they come back and he puts some stuff in order that he could baptize his family and then in a year that they could go to the temple.  So he got pretty stoked about that.  We have an FHE with them tonight so we'll see what happens.

And I'm pretty sure that's the week.  Not super exciting but SUPER fast ha ha. We have to go to Huehue this week for interviews (we have em every 3 months ha ha) so wish me luck in that travel ha ha.  

LOVE YOU ALL!!!! Have a GREAT week, I look forward to reading the NOVELS I got from everyone today :) 

-Elder Westenskow

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