Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Week Eighty-Two: Miracles

This week we had interviews with President Marler. He talked about miracles and I was able to just have a little discussion with him about miracles; what they are and why they happen. Then in the next couple days, we saw some HUGE miracles. Weird right?

Miracle 1: We rescued a father and baptized his wife and son about two months ago but the 15 year old daughter didn't want to be baptized.  Our bishop felt that we should go with a member of the ward and with the sister missionaries in the ward. It was a super spiritual lesson. After the sisters invited her to baptism, she said that she felt like bad thoughts and voices kept telling her that she shouldn't be baptized. My companion and I gave her a comfort blessing and then she said that she felt like there were angels there and accepted to be baptized the 30th. Yesterday in church she was telling everyone. Her family is so happy for her.

Miracle 2: We commited a super awesome family to marriage and baptism for this week. It was looking like he was going to have to move to Chile which would have been super lame because they just had a baby about a week ago but we fasted for him and now he has a couple of job offers here. If everyone could pray that he (José Chozo) finds a way to stay here in Chimbote, that would be super appreciated.

Miracle 3: We are working with another wedding for this week as well, and even though we were planning on baptizing the father here in a month or so, he asked us to get baptized sooner. His name is Hilder and he is super cool. He called us the other day and asked us to bring him a CD of the hymns because his friends at work listen to music that he doesn't think is very uplifting. What an example.

I love it here in Chimbote. Here, families can progress together and everyone is happier that way.

Love all you people out there all over the world. Have a great week.

Elder González

Monday, April 13, 2015

Week Eighty-One: Zone Training with Elder Bernuy

Hello folks. Elder Bernuy and I had a really great week. We've been companions for a really long time now but we seem to get along better each day. He's got a really goofy personality but he gets into a really funny mood sometimes.  He loves the pictures that I show him of Seattle and he has a goal to come visit me. That would be way fun.

This week, we gave our zone training which turned out really well. We talked about the difference between telling a story and teaching a lesson and the missionaries really seemed to like it. We also talked about how we can accept the invitation to come unto Christ and everyone could feel the Spirit really strong.

In Trujillo last week, I ran into E McClellan, E Meaker and E Farnsworth from my district in Chao and we took a pretty sweet selfie.

Well, I'm going to go hang out at a members house and they are going to teach us how to cook a Peruvian dish called anticuchos.

Love you all,
Elder Gonzalez

Week Eighty: Making Ships in a Bottle and Reading to School Children

Last Monday, I had a pretty great p-day. We went to the house of an investigator that we are teaching named José Chozo. He is like the coolest man that I've ever met in the whole world. I can't explain all of the reasons why he is so cool but some of them are that: he knows martial arts, he can cook Mexican food, he has incredible fashion sense, he is a great dad, and he knows how to make ships in a bottle.

I told him that I've always wanted to make a ship in a bottle and he invited us over to learn. He taught me how to carve the helm and my companion how to make the masts and sails. We are supposed to teach each other and come back with all of the pieces and he is going to teach us how to put it all together.

So that will probably be a pretty big hobby of mine when I get home.

Aside from that, we had a great week. We went to concilio and afterwards stopped by a school and read some books to the children.

Then we got to enjoy the General Conference the whole weekend. I have learned a ton of things this week and feel like I have a fresh perspective on things.

Love you all,
Elder Gonzalez