Hola familia,This was a really good week for us here. We had a week full of divisions to help get people ready for baptisms and to do baptismal interviews. Another busy week. Well just like every week. We are really working hard as a zone too. We broke our record of 50 investigators in church this week. We ended up having 53 as a zone. Things are really looking great and the missionaries are really pushing themselves to raise the bar.
This week was cool because when I went on divisions, I was able to see one of my converts from my last area in Alajuela. She is living here close and we went to go and visit her because she is helping a lot with the missionary work. It was great to see her progressing in the church. The crazy thing was that this Saturday, we had baptisms in the zone and because the area doesn't have a baptismal font, they had the baptisms in our chapel. I went to help them organize the baptism. The crazy part was the baptism was at the same time as the seminary graduation and a stake dance. There was about 80 people in the stake activities and it was my job to get people from the stake activity into the baptism. It was a challenge but we had so many people in the baptism that there wasn't enough seats for everyone. It was a great baptism. We filled up the church. At the baptism, came my convert and her son A from my Tropicana area. They came because their friends were getting baptized and they wanted to see me. Also, the bishop from the Tropicana was there too. He was there because he works in the seminary department of the church. It was interesting to talk to him because he told me how the ward in Alajuela has really changed since I was there. He thanked me for all the hard work that I did there in his ward. So that was nice to see that the hard work that we did in that ward is paying off.
We are working hard in the ward. We have gained the confidence of a lot of the members here. Things are looking good for us. The members are feeding us a lot and helping us a lot with the work too. Everyday we have a member with us and we really do get a lot of support from them. It makes our job a lot easier. A ton easier. There is an investigator that we have that is really close to being baptized. She is living with a less active member and they want to get married. She is studying a lot about the church and pretty much knows everything. But the amazing part is that her boyfriend has really changed. He was a little timid before and really didn't know what to think about us teaching his girlfriend. But every lesson he begins to speak more and more and more. This sunday he came to church in a white shirt and tie and offered to give the lesson in family home evening tonight. So things are really changing. The best part is that the members have been asking us about them a lot and they are willing to do anything to help them get married and baptized. Hopefully we can get them married here soon.
We are planning on having a baptism next week. His name is C. His parents are members but he wasn't baptized when he was 8. He wanted to get baptized by the missionaries because his brother is in the mission. So he is waiting to turn 9 and then get baptized. This Saturday he turns 9 and he wants to throw a huge birthday party and then have his baptism too. He wants to have a pinata and play soccer afterwards. So that is what we are going to do. C is amazing. He wants to be a missionary and he is always asking the bishop for permission to got and do visits with us. He is really good doing visits. When we do visits with him we turn into little kids. It is so much fun and crazy. We go around telling jokes and just goofing around. But when it comes time to teach, he is serious. It is a lot of fun and we are excited about this baptism this weekend.
It sounds like things are going great at home. Everyone is doing well and having fun. We are all getting ready here for Christmas. I keep telling everyone here that it is too early but they just think I am crazy. I am working out everyday now. I feel really good. This morning we went to run to San Jose from our house. We went with other missionaries and members. It is about 3 km ( I don't know what that is in miles). But it was a good run. Well I love you guys and hope that you guys have a great week!!