30 May 2011

Well, it's just me and Elder Paxman here in 9 de Julio running the town. With a new mission president coming in July we have some great ideas to help the branch progress in missionary work. It's been a pretty great week!

We were pretty stoked last week because we were about to have another baptism over the past weekend, but it didn´t follow through. Here's what happened. A week ago Sunday after a baptism an investigator told us that she wanted to be baptized, so we planned all week to teach her. We passed by on Tuesday but she couldn´t let us in because her parents weren´t home so we left her with a Book of Mormon with a passage to read and challenged her to pray about it. The next day we passed by again but she wasn´t home! Thursday we had a great lesson at her cousin's house next door and she definitely felt the Spirit and told us that the Book of Mormon is true and she feels tranquilo. So we ran through the pre-baptismal interview and she was ready and knew about everything. I actually made some brownies for the family and they loved them. They turned out really delicious and I think helped with the lesson, hah! So everything was working out and the only thing we needed was the signed permission from the parents. That´s when things stopped going perfect. So basically we were waiting for the parents to sign, they weren´t home all week during the day and we got a text message from her saying she didn´t know if she wanted to be baptized. So on Saturday night we were riding our bikes home feeling pretty down, but as we were riding we got a text message from her cousin who is a member saying that they are heading to the Capilla (church) right away. So we rushed over there and met them outside and she had the signature of her mother and told us she wants to be baptized!

So this week we have to set up the interview with our District Leader and we are planning to have the baptism this weekend. Hope everything works out.

Besides that, the weather is freezing and humid. The branch is doing great and I´m teaching everyone how to make brownies this Friday night for an activity. Things are going great! I´m getting along with my companion Elder Paxman, we have a lot in common.

That's about it, my hands are freezing so it´s hard to write everything hah.

Love you guys
Elder Shepherd

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