March 10, 2014
Thank you so much for the protein powder. I really liked the bars as well. This week has been busy as usual and spiritual as well. Our area covers three cities Dunellen, Plainfield and North Plainfield. Most of the members live in Plainfield and North Plainfield. Last week we taught our investigator Luz, she is from Colombia, I think. He husband is a member and makes an effort to bring his wife to church. They are great. When we arrived, they fed us and went right into the lesson. When we asked how was reading the Book of Mormon, she said that she read 3 Nephi 11 and watched the restoration video two times and is very impressed with Joseph Smith. This time she really opened up with us and asked us questions on why we don't do certain things in our church compared to the Catholic Church. Such as the cross and so on, and my companion gave a great response about how we focus on the resurrection. She received it very well. A senior couple in this area came with us, since they have become very good friends with Hernán and Luz. It was a great visit.
Our other investigator Santos was very busy this week and we did not have a chance to visit him, but still has his baptismal date on April 13th. We did visit our other investigator/less active Melvin who is the one that does not have any baptismal records. He has a great testimony and has really turned his life around to follow the gospel of Christ. He is a great example and he always wants to come with us to do missionary work. He has set his baptismal date for April 13th and we have been working on the lessons with him. The rest of the time we are contacting on the streets. Our goal is to get 11 contacts a day. Most days we get 7 to 9. Many Hispanics are willing to talk with us and have a couple of potential down already. Most of them are from Guatemala and have had little time in the States. They are religious humble people. It has been great. Our ward mission leader is amazing. He is a humble guy from El Salvador that has a night job. He has done great accompanying us and getting us referrals. We also visit less actives. Many have strong testimonies of the church but have a job on Sundays and so it’s hard for them to come to church. They are great people and I feel their great spirits. The other night we ate at the 1st councilor’s home and had a Salvadorian dish called Pooposas. They are the best! They are beans, cheese with seasoning put into dough and then you cook them on a griddle with oil and they are ready. Then you serve them with lettuce and veggies. Every Saturday the branch gets together and we play indoor soccer. It is fun and also a great way to get some contacts. We have had success on street contacting and have gotten many phone numbers and addresses. Many of the people we contacted are from Guatemala. They are a humble and spiritual people and listen to what we have to say. I know the Lord has blessed us. As we keep his commandments and repent he will bless us daily! I love you all so much! Thank you for your prayers and love.