What a great week it has been. I love every week out here although some are definitely harder than others. In the end I love them all. Sounds like everyone is having fun back home! I heard about the tire problem on the deer hunt. I hope all went well with that. I also heard that Elder Easton Ollerton is killing it out there in the MTC. Way to go big guy! Zone Leader! That's awesome!
I also wanted to send a shout out to my brother Justin! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG GUY! I hope you had a good day. You are now an official adult. As well as eligible to go on a mission! That is so crazy! I hope you had a great day bro and that you are getting ready every day!
We had a member of the Seventy come to the mission this past week. His name is Elder Ellis. He spoke in conference not too long ago. He spoke a lot on the concept of faith in missionary work. It was really neat. We talked about Alma 32 a lot. It was revelatory experience listening to a servant of the Lord teach us. I know that no matter how hard life gets we need to always show our faith that we have in the Lord. When we do so we will be able to receive guidance and direction in all that we do. We will be able to taste the fruit of our faith, and reap the rewards thereof. It was inspiring. Being a zone leader, we had the opportunity to have a special meeting with Elder Ellis as leaders of the mission. Which hasn't happened here since President Bowen came here as mission president. So it was a really unique opportunity to receive instruction on how we can become better leaders. He spoke about when he was called to be a stake president. He read John 10:1-14. We related it to President Monson's comparison in the last conference when he was talking about the sheepherder and the shepherd. He asked us "Are you being a shepherd or are you being a sheepherder?" it was really inspiring and I love it!
Clara Ramoz is doing very well. We weren't able to have a sit down lesson with her this week, but we were able to talk more about her progression. She is really doing well. All the members think that she's a member already. She told us she wasn't going to make it to a Halloween activity the ward was having for the primary. But we were there and out of nowhere she comes in with her grand kids. They loved it too. Then she told us "Well, I’ll see you all at church on Sunday." and she did come. It's her sixth time coming to church. She is so close. We just need to teach her a few more things and she'll be ready for baptism. She loves telling us that she tells her friends that she's a Mormon. She is progressing really well. She even signed up to feed us this week. She said she is going to feed us something really really spicy. I’m kind of scared to be honest, but it'll be good! She’s dong well.
We still are teaching Ana, Jorge, and their family. We actually had a great lesson with them last Monday after p-day. We showed Ana the talk from conference that Elder Holland gave this last conference. She suffers a little from depression. So we thought that talk would be perfect for her. We got talking about the concept of Faith. Jorge is usually pretty quiet and doesn't say too much in the lessons. He did talk about a video he saw about when the apostles were in a boat with Jesus and He was sleeping. Then He calmed the sea and said "O ye of little faith..." we talked about how important it is for us to walk by faith rather than by sight. It was awesome. I quoted the Savior when He said, "I am the light and the life of the world." And how, like a lighthouse, He has lit the path for us that we should walk on. We talked about baptism. We invited Jorge to be baptized. He didn't say no, but it wasn't a for sure yes either. It was powerful! We are going to work with him to set a date for baptism. This family is so special and so awesome! I know that he will get baptized too.
We are seeing a lot of great things right now. Our district just had a baptism. We are seeing a lot of miracles within the zone. We are all obedient. We all have faith that the Lord will bless us. We are seeing the fruit right now. I love this work. I know that it is true. I love being a part of it. Love you all!! Have a great week.