Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baptized the Gomez Family!!

April 14, 2014 - Monday
Hey everyone!! 

This week was really good and really busy. This week we spent a lot of time in the church. One day, since we are counselors to the Presidente, we had to come in and do a trimester report for the church and what has been going on and who all has been coming and all that jazz so that took awhile. And then on Friday we had to come to the church and we spent most of the day cleaning the whole church and setting up chairs and filling the font for the baptism. 

So, we ended up having all of the baptisms!!! Jorge, Patricia, Cintya, and Celeste all got baptized and now the entire Gomez family is baptized and looking forward to going to the temple!!! It was awesome and I got to baptize Jorge and Cintya and got to do the confirmation of Patricia and Celeste!!! It was all really awesome and it went great this whole week preparing with them and helping them come to follow Christ! And, they didn´t want any cold water, but the church doesn´t have hot water, so we literally filled this giant pot and put it over all 4 burners of a stove at the church and filled it 3 times and added in the boiling water and it turned out okay, it still wasn´t warm, but it was better than it was going to be! 

It rained a couple of days, but for the most part it has been really nice out and yesterday and today were perfect, but everyone here thinks it´s freezing and people are going around in their winter jackets and it´s really funny to see them, and then their reaction to us not having any jacket. 

Also, I did divisions with our zone leader, Elder Mojica, and those went really well and it was cool to be with him for a day and a half, and he bought us hamburgers haha. 

Anyways, I hit day number 200 on the mission this last saturday when we had the baptism which is kind of cool and now there is only one week until transfers! I love Sáenz Peña, but, after 6 months, I´m ready to get a change of area and to go see and experience something new, so I´m hoping that I get transfered, but we´ll see what happens. 

Wilson also keeps coming to church and wants to be baptized, but his dad still won´t give him permission so we can´t really do anything right now, but we´ll wait and hope that he changes his mind. Also, la familia Gomez has been feeding us like crazy! They love us and tell us that they now consider us part of the family and we eat with them like 2 or 3 times a week, it´s pretty awesome!!! haha 

Anyways, the last thing I wanted to put in here was a quote from Neil L Andersen that reads, “Everyone deserves our kindness and appreciation including, and many times especially, those whose ideas, beliefs, and morals are different.” I love this because it focuses on those whose ideas differ from ours. We don´t always have to agree with others, or even support the things that they do, but we do need to show them kindness and understand that they are doing what they think is best for them and the best way that we can help is to be kind and loving. So, I hope that we can all keep this in mind this week and try to go out of our way to be kind to others with whom we don´t always agree. I appreciate everyone who always writes me and keeps me up to date on what´s going on at home and I hope to hear from all of you soon!!
Les Quiero,
Elder Joshua Clarine

  Us with the Gomez family at their baptism

 Celeste and Elder Cannon

 Patricia and Elder Cannon

 Jorge and me

Cintya and I

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