Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Feliz Dia De las Madres!!

my favorite of the two dogs

me with some cute dogs
So I don't really know what else to say at this point! (We spoke on Mother's Day and it was so good to hear his voice and see him!)

I think it would probably be easier for you guys to write it for me but here we go I will give it a shot!

This week was full of success and had a ton of miracles!  We started working really hard and just decided that we were going to find some good people!  Well we started out with faith and we just started pushing through and trying to do a ton of good contacts!  Well we found four new investigators this week!  And we started to pass with some old investigators to try and find even more people!!  We ended up working all week and by the end we were kind of sad like man we aren't seeing very many fruits!  Well finally Saturday we had a guy contact us!  His name is Guillermo!  He has had a really really difficult life!  And he contacted us because he thinks that we will be able to help him better than any psychologist could help him!  He wanted to know why he was here where he was going and what is his purpose in the earth!  Well if that isn't a golden guy I don't know what is!  We taught him the Plan of Salvation which was really weird because I have never taught that first and the spirit was really strong there!  It was really awesome being able to testify to him about how he would see his wife again (she died a few years ago when she was pregnant)!  He said after that this is exactly what he has been looking for!

Hmm We also got to go see Patrick's baptism!  That was awesome!

(He found Patrick in his last area.  This is what he wrote about him... Alright so last week we had someone show up to church just by himself! Well needless to say is that if they show up they usually are super super chosen!  Well this guy is no exception! He is progressing sooooo good and he just wants to learn!  We pass with him like four or five times a week and it is awesome!!  He is soooo cool!!  He is explaining to his dad everything and he just really understands!!  IT is awesome! He is 18 and he is one of the cooolest people I have met! And I am hoping we can teach him good and then he can go on a misison! That would be cool!! )

He was sooo cool to teach and I am so lucky for that time I had to teach him!  He is awesome and he will be a great example to his family and help bring them the gospel one day!! I am hoping that they give him a really good lesson about missionary work and then he can go on a misison too!!  That would be awesome!!

Alright so now to report on the ward!  We have officially got a ward mission leader!  That is going to help us so much!  He has a lot of desire to work and it will be awesome to just put him to work!  He has tons of good ideas and he wants to help us not have to knock doors!  We are really excited to see what will happen!  I think that we are going to have a ton of success!!  

I think that should be about it for now!  I can't think of anything else and it is hard because I feel like I have already told you guys! So I will finish with the word of the week!
Feliz Dia De las Madres!!
Happy mothers day!

I love you guys have a great week!  

Elder Orchard

(I got a clarification on the water situation.  They do have pipes for running water but sometimes they turn it on and nothing happens.  The water gets delivered a few times a week and when it is gone it is gone is how I understand it.  Douglas said he had water almost the entire last week so that was good.  I guess there is a place they go to fill up buckets when it runs out.)
What the water is kept in

Elder Ybanez climbing up a ladder to get into a house
English class fun.  Douglas told us they are now teaching an English class.

Some things I remember from our conversation with Elder Orchard on Sunday:

*He said he always walks uphill, never down:)  We are still trying to figure that one out but he insists it's true!
*He encouraged Stockton to acquire some basic plumbing and electrical skills.  He's fixed a lot of toilets and has wanted to do some electrical but doesn't know how.  We didn't know he knew how to fix toilets even.
*He also encouraged Stockton to learn how to do some cooking.  I think Douglas is pretty good at that but is sounds like he wishes he knew a little bit more.
*His grey suit does not fit well at all but luckily his black one still does.
*He has a TON of fun with his companion, Elder Ybanez!
*He emails his Spanish speaking friends and the President in Spanish because it is so much easier for him than English.
*He told us he is very happy and I believe that is evident in every picture he sends home:)
*He misses Sunday dinner.  He misses dinner in general.  They eat a big meal at 2:00 each day and then there is nothing after that.
*He has learned to eat SO many things.  Before his mission he ate very little veggies and did not like oranges or peaches.  He says he eats them all now.  He's not a big fan of the vegetables but can do it.
*He told us a cute story of some kind of bet they had in English class.  If the Elder's lost, they would have to sing a song and dance.  Since that is not completely within the bounds of mission rules he said they thought of Once There Was A Snowman.  Those that attended the class absolutely loved it.  He showed us a video and it was really cute to watch the 3 American Elders singing and acting out that primary song.  Everyone in the class pulled out their cell phones to video them.
*He noticed how much Stockton's voice has changed since we spoke at Christmas.
*When the water comes out of the shower it is split.  If you stand in the middle of the stream you won't get wet!
*President Stuzznegger wants them to have another purified water container in their apartment (2 instead of 1) so they can be prepared in times of emergency.  This is a mission wide thing.)
*There are 2 churches that share the same property.  This last transfer his new ward attends "the other" church.
*We had a chance to discuss MLB and he misses baseball too.  He wants to play again when he gets home.
*Douglas said he reads this blog and knows I have made a few edits:).  I've been caught!  It seems to me if someone wanted to leave a comment he would get that as well.  I am certain it would make him happy to hear from you!

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