This has been a terrific week so so many little miracles and blessings in my life. I truly love being a missionary and seeing the change that the gospel brings on peoples lives.
7/27 So while out wandering to try and find a bowling alley Elder Chacin and I ran into a Rudy's barbecue! (One of Steve's favorite places to eat when he travels to Texas) I had no idea there was one in Laredo so he and I of course had to stop in! Boy the brisket there and peach cobbler was super good. It was totally worth it. I totally felt like we were led there by Grandpa Don as he loved barbecue so much and he knows how much I love good food. We were seriously way out of the way in an area we shouldn't have even been in. So that's just one of the great little tender mercies of the lord we experienced this week. This kid seriously gets excited about food! :)
So we have been working with a wonderful family called the Riveras. Eliseo the son has been working forever with Elders to get off his probation and has wanted to be baptized for ever. He is such a cool guy that has an extremely big heart. This last thursday he was baptized! He was so extremely happy and so excited all week leading up to the baptism. He is going to be an extremely strong member and priesthood holder here that Laredo needs so badly. It's been a real privilege serving him. I love this family to death and they are progressing so much. We have also been working with his sister Ana who has come a long way and I would expect her to follow the example of her brother very soon.
This week has been so wonderful and full of so much great little blessings. I feel our Father in Heaven's and our Saviors love so powerfully more than ever. I love being a missionary and hope that all are looking for opportunities to share the gospel and serve others. It is the most gratifying experience you can have in this life, I am convinced.
Love everyone so much and will hopefully have more time next week to update on how everything is going. Transfers are next week so we will see how that goes. This transfer has flown by and Elder Chacin and I have been having a blast.
And here's mine this week...
Things are going great this week. We have seen some great little miracles almost every day and I am feeling great. Time is going so fast! It will be six months on the 25th which is crazy to me. I feel like I just left yesterday. The weather is nasty hot here. Hottest days of the year are right now (100+ degrees this week plus humidity) and the locals say it will get even hotter here in mid August. Glad to hear that you are getting rain. It's quite a bit drier here in Laredo than the Rio Grande Valley so I keep hoping for rain. I have only seen it sprinkle for ten minutes here once.
I hope Em does well too. (at high school soccer try outs) I have been praying for her and I know that whatever happens, it's for the best.
Yeah I read in Em's email that Officer Ashley was retiring which is a bummer for Em. (the Riverton High police officer who was a great mentor for Austin and has become a family friend) I bet working security for the church is a great job for him though. Who knows maybe you will see him at the next conference guarding one of the apostles, or something cool like that. All the cops I've met that work in the Riverton area are super cool so if they hire any of them, I'm sure they will be great. ...not sure why he has met lots of Riverton police officers ;) Hopefully they hire the one officer I did the ride along with that one time (Can't remember his name). He was a great guy and said he was jealous that officer Ashley had such a cool job working there.
Glad to hear that Grandma is doing a bit better. I've been praying for her in every prayer and I know that she is being cared for.
Yeah I wish that I could help Dad out, but you know duty calls, haha. (at our property in Missouri) It's too bad you couldn't go out and give him a hand, but I don't think you would have liked the heat this time of year. It's beautiful, but really hot.
Yeah for sure get to know the Elders better. Ask them how many meal appointments they get there. I've heard Utah missions are tough because you get fed multiple dinners a night. So don't over feed them and they will be extremely appreciative if that's the case, haha. It's painful down here when we have 2 and sometimes 3 dinners in a night. Of course the Mexican ladys here give huge portions and expect you to take at least seconds as well. I don't think he hates it too much ;)
Well have a great week! love you so much!
Riviera family. The little girl named Zabrina is so stinking cute. (Ana's daughter, she has the pink hair) She always wants to play peek-a-boo with me when we are at their house.
Carne cook out at the Banda family.
Sister Gonzalez cross stitched the Moroni burying the plates picture all by hand. She had others as well that were incredible. She said this one was a two year project.
A little closer to show the detail (this is Moroni's ear and side of head) Pictures don't do it justice at all.
Really cool ranch house of the Gonzalez family. Has a super tall ceiling design like they use in Mexico so they don't have to use as much air conditioning.
Rudy's brisket is the bomb! :)