March 13, 2017
This week has been great! It has been pretty cold here, but the work has been progressing! We had another baptism this week! Argenis Camacho was baptized yesterday and will be confirmed next week! Both of his sisters are members (Destiny-11 Keina-10) and when they were baptized, he wanted to be as well, but was really disappointed when he found out that he couldn’t be until he was 8. So his birthday came in February, we came back to New Haven and taught him everything! He is a good kid and knows all of the primary answers and his parents are supportive as well. They like that the kids have a religion to ground them and, of course, to keep them out of trouble, but his sisters both know a lot about the gospel, even though they were just baptized about a year and a half ago. I am excited for Argenis and can’t wait until he can receive the Aaronic Priesthood! I might have to come back when that happens!
On Monday and Tuesday we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I went down to Bridgeport with Elder Gray, and we had a good time while he spoke Spanish and I tried to understand 🙂 Monday night was the most swamped he had ever been on a P-day and we had lots of appointments all over the place. We stopped in with a family who had been found in the area book and it said that they had an unbaptized son who was 9. When we got there, their son was 15, which means the record was from a while ago! We had a good conversation with the father, and then went over to the rich white person’s house that he maintained to have a quiter atmosphere than the one in their small home. We were able to teach the son the Restoration and Elder Gray taught very simply and complete. The spirit was there and one of the gifts of the Spirit that I love is the gift of discernment. Elder McIntyre really taught me to be aware of the way that people are acting. Their body language tells a lot about what they are feeling and what they are understanding. When we were in the lesson, I felt really aware of how he was feeling, and if it wasn’t the best, than we would add something in that would help ease his burden of thought and assist him in understanding. We extended baptism to him and he accepted, but he isn’t sure about the date we shared. Elder Gray and Elder Roughan are going to keep working with him, but he is sweet and wants to go back to church, even when his dad might not be completely on board! We got out late, and then a member had things to do, so he couldn’t come to our lesson at 7:30 that we go to half an hour late because of the drive back from the Woodbridge Chapel. Then we found out that our 8:30 appointment was actually scheduled for 7:30. We rushed over, and even though it was a tough lesson, the wife seemed very receptive, and the family was awesome. The kids were a lot of fun and couldn’t completely understand Spanish, so I talked to them in English and shared a little bit of the message, but it showed me how some hearts can be hard and others soft right in the same atmosphere. Ex. Nephi and Laman, Cain and Able. I really enjoyed the evening even though it was prety stressful!