Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 1st

The sister missionaries are amazing and they can get to people that nobody else can because people feel more comfortable talking to them. 
We have a wedding to deal with too. Hermano y hermana Santa Maria need to get married and they want to get baptised so I hope that they do soon. Good luck with all the other people too youre in my prayers. We have an hermana in the ward that used to be active in the ward (she was 1st councilor in the relief society) named Norma she has a super strong testimony with amazing experiences and the story of her conversion that truely are miracles, she just has one huge problem, she has major anger problems and cant forgive people for being imperfect. The last time she was at church when she was a councilor in the relief society she got made at the relief society president who is now the young womens president who helps us a bunch and punched her in the face and pushed her to the floor....haha. Shes crazy. But other that she is super awesome and charitable. She has given us so many references that are so great she is the ultimate missionary but doesnt even go to church her self and still insists that it is the other ladys fault even though its been almost a year. we have 5 progressing investigadors from her and she has more for us this week. One of the families is a grandma and her grandson who want to be baptised named Lucia and Diego, but Diegos mom (Lucias daughter) wont let them get baptised and is pretty rude about it. Diego was crying last time we visited them and Lucia has pretty much accepted that she will never have the opportunity because she is old and her daughter pretty much controls her life. We havent met the daughter yet because shes always at work so we{re hoping to talk to her this week. The other family is a dad and his 4 kids, the mom died 2 years ago and the 2 younger kids who are the same ages as me and Elder Castillo 18 and 20, have some type of disease Im not sure what you call it but they are super little and are literally skin and bones and in wheelchairs. The dad is a math teacher and they dont have a lot of money because of how much it costs to support his kids. He is super catholic, like he goes to Mass every night that he can and before his wife died he worked in a church run program for the homeless and people with addictions, but he also trusts Norma and has a lot of faith that he will recieve an answer to his prayer if he reads the Book of Mormon and prays about it. I think that it will be soon with him hes super awesome. 
Then we are still focusing on the baptisms of Jesus, Olga, Oscar, Mauricio, and familia Santa Maria as soon as possible with dates for Esperanza and Jose Luis, Raul and Daniela, Noe, and Eduardo. Its frustrating because we have so many people that could be baptised so soon but they are the same people we had a month ago. Olga could have been bapisted a month ago if she would go to church. We need investigadors that are ready so we can baptize every week like the mission standard. 
Yesterday we had our ward conference. We had to be at the church at 7 because Elder Castillo was playing his violin with the choir....that I had to sing in. There were only 2 men, me and another hermano, and the rest were women haha. They actually started at 8 but there were only like 3 families and the stake leaders. The attendance was normal but none of our investigators we invited ended up coming and only a couple of the less active members we invited, but one of the hermanas Guadalupe Hernandez who has been to church in a really long time came and said she loved it and she wants to come back, she said she has missed the sacrament a lot. We visited her after church and her daughter and the daughters boyfriend were there and they had a lot of questions and they asked when we can come back and talk more so thats great. It really is true the only way to find investigators is through members, weve had very little success with contacts in the street no matter how cool they seem the investigators with member friends always progress more. Yesterday was the coldest day while I have been here it rained in the morning which is unusual because normally it is normally in the afternoon, it wasnt that cold but I think Im getting used to the weather because I was cold when I woke up. Everyone at church was wearing winter clothes all bundled up haha it was funny, its supposed to be starting to get colder because we{re getting more into the rainy season. 
Im excited to see the pictures of the bathroom and all the other fun stuff you have planned in the summer, tennis, the marathon, birthdays, camping and everything else. 
Love you lots...(its mucho amor haha not muy amore) Hopefully Ill have more exciting news next week. Hasta luego
Elder Inskeep

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