Monday, January 18, 2016

Life in Lightspeed - 20 Weeks to Go

 Hola Familia,

Well this week was super epic and I have learned so much that I will be able to apply to my life to be able to become more like God.

Well to start off I would like to tell some funny stories.

Tuesday : 4:13 p.m. 
We were out looking for some recent converts and people to teach and decided to go to a house.  So we have not had any luck in the past teaching him but we went anyways.  We knocked on the door and waited and then knocked again, and then out of nowhere a little old grandma came to the window in a towel.  Both of us were super surprised but it was so funny and she didn’t even care.  She then told us come back the next day.

Thursday : 8:33 p.m.
Well we were visiting some less active members that we are teaching and helping come back to church.  We started talking about how I went home because I was sick and how I am still sick.  So Peruvians have some pretty interesting health views.  They said that I should start to drink some breast milk to get healed.  That was a funny conversation haha.

Now onto the more spiritual experiences. 
We have an investigator named Gunar.  He is great and loves listening to us and is more then happy to follow what he should do to have a better life.  We were teaching him on Saturday and he wanted to see a baptism.  But there were none in the Zone and so we said that if we had one we would let him know.  Then we went with him to help the Elders Quorum (Spanish version) clean the church.  Little do you know there was a baptism from another Zone and Ward in our church that day.  It was so awesome that God literally gave him what he needed to see.  I know that God listens to us if we are faithful.

Then we were lucky enough to go and eat some picarones with the Relief Society.  They are awesome and it was a great experience to be with them and to help them.  So picarones are like a donut but crunchy and delicious.  Then they make this sauce from chancaca :) it is like a chocolate caramel sauce and wow, it is good.

Family home evenings are great here.  This week we were able to have four huge ones with about 10 people at each.  We are working with the Leon family and they are great.  They came to one that we had and it was huge.  We had over 20 people and the lesson was a lot of fun.  I am glad that we can learn the gospel and have fun at the same time. 

I really like a quote from Elder Uchdorf:

This gospel is so easy, just don’t complicate it and live it how it should be lived.  I know that we will be able to do so many things that will help us only if we live this gospel.

Okay so we have this family that lives in the middle of nowhere on top of this mountain.  We are still looking for a name for it, but it is terrible to hike haha.  Well we made it from the Church to their house in 23 minutes haha.  We were just sweating when we made it to the top haha.  We were able to talk about sealing and the temple.  It was so cool to see how they really want to do this right and just need to start with the basics and everything will turn out great. 

We were also watching the restoration video (Spanish version) and I really liked a quote by Joseph Smith (Spanish version).
That they things and the way that we treat our spouse in this life, would they want to stay with us for the eternities?

Well family I know that this gospel is so true and that it helps everyone become better and better.  I hope you all have a great week.

Love you all,
Elder Cooley

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