Monday, February 1, 2016

Two Months in the Field

Today means I have 2 months in the field! It's crazy that time goes by so fast, but I still have a lot of time left.

This last saturday was super great for our district because we met our goal for our district for enero, 11, and the whole zone too, 25! This is super super good because in the past year the zone hasn't been super awesome, but just when I got here a lot of things changed. We're in a really good time now, we're seeing some really great success. I don't think it's just coincidence either.

We tried so hard to make the baptism happen with Arturo y Estefania last saturday, but they didn't pass their interviews, and they're a little frustrated about it, and directing that frustration at us. So we're going to try a different approach to teach them this week, but we're aren't going to leave them just quite yet. But we've been teaching a super great family, familia Vilca, that really likes the Church.

We've been trying really hard this past week to meet new people, and we contacted a lot but didn't teach very much. But Sunday night, I felt like we should go try teaching this one family that we might like 3 or 4 weeks ago but didn't have time or not everyone was home for us to teach. Turns out, a family of 7 brothers lives there, with all their wives and children for the older ones too. Not everyone was there still, but we taught 18 people! It was so crazy! All of us were crowded around in their small family room sweating bullets, but we taught a condensed lesson 1 and left a book of mormon. We're hoping things will work out with this family!

So I don't think I've explained a lot about my companion, but he's from Santiago, Chile and is 21 years old right now. But when he was like 15-18 years old, he started playing table tennis. He really like it and was really really good. Like he started playing for Chile in competitions to send people to the Olympics. He almost went, but decided to redirect his life to get ready for his mission so he started coaching people to earn money. Anyways, he hasn't played for a while but we played today for p-day with our whole district, and he is super good. He can spin the ball so that it comes at you normally but the moment it hits your paddle it spins off way out of control, or my favorite is when it hits your paddle and spins down like dead weight.

The influence of the Holy Ghost is so real. Sometimes I get a distinct feeling we should go visit someone, and maybe we don't even get to meet with them but we find someone in our path that is ready to hear us. That's why it's so important to plan and stick to your plans so the Lord can put people in our paths.

Love you guys!
Elder Evan Smith

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