It's a cloudy day here in Buenos Aires, considerably cooler than the last time I wrote, and life is good! It has seriously been an amazing week since day one. When I wrote, I was getting ready to head out to central Buenos Aires to do that little singing thing, and it was so fun! We went to the hospital to suprise the wife of another mission president who is sick, and she was SO happy. She just cried and cried as we sang our songs and a bunch of Argentine nurses and patients watched our little program. Then we went to the mission home and had the most delicious, healthiest meal I have had in a longgg time, and President Carter showed us his "Cuaderno de Recuerdos" or "Memory Book" from his mission. It was incredible, and so good to spend time with President who is always so busy. (I'm used to living 5 minutes from the mission home in Washington and being best friends with President!). The BEST moment came when we were saying goodbye and President shook my hand and whispered to Hna. Castillo and me, "No cambian," meaning that we wouldn't be getting the dreaded news on Tuesday night that one of us needed to report to the offices on Wednesday for transfers! We are together for another transfer!! Our excitement was kind of uncontainable as we jumped up and down and hugged eachother, and President's red jolly face had the look of a very pleased father.
I can't describe how very blessed I feel at this moment, first of all to be a missionary for Jesus Christ in Buenos Aires, to have the most incredible investigators and companion in the world, to be in San Justo where the members are so loving and supportive, and to see little miracles every day. P.S. Hermana Castillo is beyond excited to talk with you guys on Skype, she's been practicing her English. :)
Jesus is doing amazing after his baptism, and he's already being an incredible missionary. As we left a lesson with him and Rosi on Tuesday night, he went to see us out and said, "Okay guys, where are we going? Who are we going to go visit?" We were so pleased with his enthusiasm and the next day, Jesus came out teaching with us. And boy did we teach him well. ;) JK JK he is amazing all on his own, and he taught about principles of the Gospel with so much clarity and maturity and testimony that I wanted to cry. He is going to institute with other kids in the stake and is going to start going to Mission Prep on top of that! On Sunday, his first Sunday as a member, he gave the opening prayer (praying in public for people who haven't been doing it their whole lives is incredibly scary) and then Bishop asked him to bear his testimony. He was so nervous, but testified straight from the heart that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that he's happier than he's ever been. As Hna. Castillo and I like to say, it was "chiquitito pero poderoso," little but powerful, just like him. :) I seriously can't believe how lucky we are to get to teach people like Jesus.
We're super happy about Rosi, his little sis, as well. For a while, she seemed to lose a little bit of her interest, I think because she couldn't get baptized and Jesus got all the attention from members and such. But we've refocused in on her, and she is doing so well. She is reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church, and seems so happy. Now the only thing is to talk with her mom and help HER see the blessings of the Gospel. The good news is that even though she couldn't come to Jesus' baptism, mom was super supportive of it and I think she sees how happy he is, so I have faith that it's only a matter of time before she lets Rosi get baptized.
Berta, our dear sweet investigator who is missing a leg is doing so well and is going to be baptized this Sunday. This past Sunday her daughter (who is a member) was going to be out of town so she couldn't help her get to church. Very few people have cars and colectivo is out of the question for Berta so we made careful plans all week to help her come to church yesterday. But everything fell through the floor when we waited 45 minutes for colectivo to go help her get ready for church and the hermano who went to go pick her up couldn't wait anymore and had to go give a talk in a different ward. We were so sad and so desperate, so we ran to the church, found one of the only hermanos who has a car, and he saved the day for us. We drove with him and a girl in the ward to go get Berta, helped her finish getting ready, and made it back in time for a little bit of Gospel Principles and Sacrament Meeting. Phew, being a missionary is hard work! :) But it was all worth it. Berta doesn't have a very good memory, so she never remembers what day her baptism is, but she is just like a little kid who asks his parents every day, "How many days til Christmas?" asking us every time that we visit, "When's the day? When's my baptism?"
I love teaching investigators who are all so different but have one thing in common. They are all so wonderful and all so very LOVED by their Heavenly Father. I feel the love that He has for them and love to see the smiles and tears that come to their faces when they come to feel it too.
Thank you so much for your prayers and love. I love you all so much, and I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ because it has changed my life and is changing lives here in San Justo, Buenos Aires!