Monday, January 16, 2012


January 17, 2012 - Luis's baptism!

All is well in Zion. We had Luis' baptism on Sunday, which was great. A ton of his family came, and his wife gave a talk about how the Gospel blesses families. On Sunday, Luis received the Aaronic Priesthood and his 17-year-old son ordained him to the office of priest. Awesome? Indeed. They look so much happier than when we first met their family. They have changed so much, and now they really do have a light in their eyes.


January 10, 2012

Just yesterday we were on one end of our area and we felt impressed to go visit a certain apartment complex to visit a super-less-active and her neighbors (who are former investigators), so we did. As we were walking into the apartment complex, we saw a man going up the stairs, carrying his daughter, and we contacted him. Almost immediately he said, "Do you guys want to come in and talk some more?" He and his wife have been having marriage problems, so he said that he was very grateful that he let us in to teach him....

This has definitely been an interesting week. Elder Zarate and I were both super sick with the flu this last week (we're better now), and I developed an ear infection which culminated in me bleeding out of my ear on Saturday night. As the intelligent person that I am, I came to the conclusion that the inner ear should not be bleeding, and decided to notify Sister Cook, and she had a doctor call me to get medicine to me. So it's all good now, I just thought my mother would enjoy that story.







January 3, 2012

Jose baptizing his four sons!!!
January 3, 2012

Happy New Year! Everything is going great. On Friday, José Concepción baptized his four oldest sons (the youngest turns eight in May), and on Sunday, he ordained the two oldest to the Aaronic Priesthood. It was definitely the coolest thing, ever (cooler than BYU's winning play? Oh yeah). We are working to help José and his sons go to the temple and get prepared for the Melchizedek Priesthood. He already has a home teaching companion and families to visit. His oldest son (21) is praying about going on a mission in a year! That would be awesome. . . .

I can't believe that is already 2012. I still remember talking with Elder Driaza about how we were both going to spend the entire year of 2011 as missionaries. This last year has been the best, and the quickest, I have ever had.