Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gearin' up!

Wow. It´s been yet ANOTHER week in which the time has flown by without even realizing. I guess that comes along with being stressed out with so much to do! We´ve been working hard to protect our investigators with baptismal dates for this month of May, and gearing up with all those who we have in June. In our agenda it´s nearly impossible to find space these days.

This past week we had several baptismal interviews for Alexis, Amy and Edward, the youngsters, last Friday night. We thought it would be a good idea to get them cleared up and ready to go a week early. Yhon , Rosa, and Jhon Quintana have their interviews on Wednesday. On top of that, Yhon and Rosa are getting married on Wednesday, and all six have their baptism on Saturday! So it´s full "chamba" this week as they say in Peru.

Maria, Edward´s mom, has been a bit of a challenge to find home this past week with her job as a nurse. Lately she´s had a lot of overtime, and without very many labor laws in Peru, the jobs here are pretty exhausting. However, Maria continues to be excited for her baptism on June 8th. We´ve been teaching her son without her these past few days. Saturday, however, they had an argument and Edward slept over at Grandma´s, Regina, and didn´t want to come to church because of his frustration with his Mom. So during the second hour we zipped down to his house from the chapel to drag him out of bed and get him to sacrament meeting. After talking it out with him he expressed to us his frustration and we helped him get more excited for his baptism. He´s an incredible kid, makes us laugh with his silly comments, and despite difficult family problems, I know the Lord will bless him with peace and comfort.

Another investigator, Lucia Poma, has a baptismal date for the 8th of June. She reminds us a lot of Regina in the way she commits and demonstrates her great faith. However, she works as a caretaker for an old lady of about 92 years, and her job makes it a little difficult to find time to visit. We gave her a Book of Mormon to give to her patient with a testimony written on the front page. Lucia told us that it would be a great idea because even at 92 years old, her patient loves to read and has her marbles together. She wasn´t able to come to church yesterday because of an emergency call, but we´ll be able to focus more on her these next few days.

Lucero had her baptismal date for this Saturday, but due to some personal problems, we´ve decided to move her to June 8th, giving her time to make a greater, more profound change. She has some bad family influences that have caused her some grief and makes her feel guilty, but with patience and love, she´s slowly opening up to us and depending more on the Savior to change her heart.

Anyway, there´s always more to tell, but not enough time to say it all. However, I just wanted to wish my mom "Happy Mother´s Day!" and I can´t wait to see you all in the skype sesh tonight! Also, what exciting news it was to hear that Connor is headed to Chile and Katie to Honduras! AAAAaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Wow, we´ll all be able to speak spanish together! Lo maximo!

I love you all sooooooo much! Have an excellent week!

Elder Lundberg

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