Another crazy week here in Costa Rica. It has been pouring a ton here and the streets are turning into rivers. The buses here look like jet skis with the waves they are making in the streets. It makes walking in the streets really fun. Besides the amount of water it was a really fun week.
This week we had the baptism of R. R is super good. He was a reference we received from a member. He quickly received his answer and was ready to get baptized. So everything was perfect for his baptism until friday night. Friday night we called him and found out that he was staying with his mom in San Jose because he was super sick and had gone to the hospital. His mom was taking care of him and it didn't look like he was able to be baptized this weekend. We kept praying and trying to find a way for him to attend church and have his baptism after the meetings on Sunday. We called Sunday morning and he wanted to go to church but he was still sick in San Jose and didn't know if he could make it to church. He really wanted to go. We decided to call up one of our investigators, R to help us out. R came pick us up in his car and took us to San Jose to pick up R and bring him to church. We got him to church and he was beginning to feel a little better. He got nervous about the water being really cold and him being sick. He got baptized and in that moment he said that he felt 100 times better. So that was a really cool experience. It was a great baptism yesterday.
Next week will be another great week for us. We have 4 baptisms lined up and they are all references. We only work with references here and it makes our job a lot easier. One of the baptisms next week is R, who helped us out with R. R is 25 yrs old and was a reference from a recent convert. He was always making fun of his friend for being mormon and so one day his friend invited him to get to know us. We met R and that night we had him watch a movie about Joseph Smith and the Restoration. R was quiet throughout the whole movie and at the end, we asked him if he had any questions. He had a shocked look on his face and then said no but he was exactly like Joseph Smith and said that he needed to pray to know where is the true church. So in this moment R started to listen to us. He still makes jokes about the church but he really respects it and now wants to be a part of it. He told us in the beginning that he would die being catholic but it was amazing because yesterday he went to visit people with us. In one of the lessons he said that when he wasn't mormon, it was difficult to find time for God. He is already telling everyone that he is a mormon. He also took us to go visit his family and it was an amazing lesson. He bore his testimony and said that he wants to change things in the family and help them be more united. And so he is taking the first step by being baptized in the mormon church and wants his whole family to be at his side. He bore his testimony so strong that his family asked him at what time he was going to get baptized and said that they would go to support him. It was amazing to see how his family, who are super catholic, were touched by his testimony and are going to support him in his baptism. So next week is going to be a really cool week for us.
So right now things are great. I am having a lot of fun and there are a lot of cool experiences everyday. I have been writing in my journal everyday. I haven't missed a day so don't worry mom. I love how in my mission, I have seen so many people change their lives because of the gospel. There is no greater feeling to see someone enter the water and make a covenant with God. That is why the mission is so much fun. Plus when I can help other people experience the same feeling. Like last week, when I went to go to the goodbye lunch of K and D from my first area. That was really fun to see people from my first area and see how the gospel has changed their lives. And now with people like R, who is willing to pick us up wherever we are and take us where we need to go. It is amazing to see how the gospel can bring so much happiness and really change lives.
It seems like everything is going well at home. Everyone is happy and having fun. Don't worry about messing up in Spanish class Kendal. You are talking to a ton of gringos in spanish. Nobody there is a native speaker. So don't worry about it. Kylie keep practicing soccer. Have you been watching Costa Rica play? They are playing really good right now. Everyone is going crazy here because they qualified for the world cup in Brazil next year. Dad make sure to get all the house projects done as fast as you can. Mom don't worry about Kendal in high school. She will be fine. Just look at me, I survived high school.
I love you guys and have a great week. Don't do anything stupid.