Hey mom it is so good to hear from you! =) I am glad that everything sounds like it is going good at home! There are some very exotic mission calls that are happening! I love hearing about them! So the ward has how many missionaries out right now? Like 20? A lot anyways.... I am sure glad that you guys are still hanging out with the Phippens and enjoying time with them! Sounds great! Wow.. I love the spiritual thought that Nate did... I really am not the only person that has been through this and I can finish with the knowledge that I did it well too... I just have to put my shoulder to the wheel and get to work like our favorite Grandma Hall said =)
1. I am staying here in Recreo with Elder A again and I am going to be a district leader! I am happy that I am staying and that Elder A will be my comp again! But I am nervous about being a DL. I know that the Lord trusts me with the responsibility and I don’t want to let Him down... I will do my best and always pray for His help!! But overall I am really happy about the changes!
2. Man... this last week was kind of a drag... I don’t know what happened. We worked but I just don’t know if we didn’t plan very good or if no one was home or if it was just a mixture of both... but it was a tough week. Felipe, we didn’t even get to see and we actually talked to his mom. She said that Felipe feels like she obligates him and he says he doesn’t want to be part of a religion.... it made me really sad because at first he was really excited to be baptized... I am trying to see what the Lord wants me to learn from this experience... Maximiliano, we didn’t get around to his house. We tried but he was busy... he doesn’t really keep the commitments that we give to him so I don’t know if we will keep passing by him... we shall see! Renzo is back in Peru but we did visit Fiorella and her husband Claudio and their daughter Camila on Saturday! They are great! Claudio is atheist and doesn’t want to hear the messages but he likes talking to us. On Saturday we were in our house most of the day because Elder A was sick..... So we lost a whole day pretty much. It kind of stunk... but we weren’t able to teach anything to Fiorella because her husband was there but the next time we are going to teach and give her a baptismal date. But we sure did invite her to read the Book of Mormon and restoration pamphlet... we weren’t able to get around to Martin either. We did however find a new investigator. He is called Sergio. We first went into his house and I was looking around his living room and I caught a glimpse of a calendar with a pornographic picture..... I was like whoa.... and I turned my head as fast as I could. We didn’t teach him anything the first time because there is no way we could feel the Spirit with porn right there... but we did ask him to take it down for the next time we came. We went yesterday and the calendar wasn’t there!! I was really happy because he is honest to his word! So that means he could progress really well in the future. We will see. That is about it for investigators this week. It was kind of lousy but we are sure going to pick things up this week.
3. The best part of the week was probably when we got one of our less active sisters to have an interview for a calling and she will be getting a calling here soon! =) I am excited for that! and the worst part... my feet have been killing me but I just push through the pain... oh and in our house we have four beds but only two are occupied so a couple nights this week elders that live here close came over to spend the night so that was kind of fun! =)
4. I know that they have saint valentines on the 14 in the calendar but I don’t think they celebrate it... I am not sure though. I haven’t seen any decorations.
That is so nice of everyone who is saying hi and if you get the chance would you please tell them hi for me too? Thank you! =)
Alright so the thought that I am going to share this week is about Ether 12:27. The Lord shows us our weak spots so we can improve them. A lot of the times it hurts to admit we have the weak spot and that we need to fix it but when we get over our pride it really helps us in the end. Something that the mission has really helped me with is overcoming my pride. I will admit something that I need to make better as fast as I notice it. That is what has kind of happened this week. We had a bummer week but I know that the Lord did that so that we can improve and be better missionaries. I know that everything that happens has its purpose. Sometimes it is so foggy that we can’t see the purpose but the fog ALWAYS clears and we can see the purpose with time and as we follow the light in the fog which is Jesus Christ and His example. I love how the Lord helps us be better!!
Well that is it for this week. I tried sending letters to you today but we went to the wrong place and they told me it would be about 40 dollars for each letter. Ha-ha so I will try and get to the right place this next week! We had a good p-day! I will send some pics.
I love you guys so much and I am so thankful for the support that you all give me all the time. Thank you for ALL that you do for me and you always help me through the rough times! For that you guys are my INCREDIBLE family! =) love you!!!
Have a great week!
Love, Elder Tegan Hall
Sorry but I do not have time to send any pics.