Hola y buenas días, Yo sé que vive mi señor. Este semana fue el mejor. Cada día teníamos una lección con un investigador y también todos los lecciones que teníamos fueron perfecto. So this week was amazing. Every day was a blessing and we had wonderful lessons with all of our investigators. We had about 5 lessons with Rashid, our Muslim, who is scheduled to be baptized this upcoming Saturday. He was going to be baptized last Saturday but we had to move it because we still had a lot to teach him and not enough time to do it. Also he's having struggles with wanting to follow all of the commandments because following them means that he would have to change from a lifestyle that he's comfortable with to one that he's never lived before. But he still has a desire to be baptized and next time we see him we're going to reteach him the plan of salvation so we'll see how that goes. We're still teaching the Medinas who are a Venezuelan couple. (Just so you know Venezuelans are extremely hard to understand. Their Spanish is all over the place!) so the husband (Ronan) is a wonderful guy who is really open to the gospel and is doing everything he needs to be to gain a testimony of it. We had some amazing lessons with him and he is so close. He has a baptism date scheduled for the 27th of this month. His wife (Elba) is a staunch Catholic that doesn't want to give up her childhood beliefs. She still meets with us and will listen to the lessons but she rarely does anything else like read her scriptures, come to church, or pray. However yesterday we had an awesome lesson with them where we just read the Book of Mormon. The chapter we read was 1 Nephi 15. After we read we just talked about what it said. They both really opened up to us and we were happy to see that Elba enjoyed it. We have a lesson with them this Wednesday and hope that we can extend a date to Elba. We also picked up a new investigator yesterday named Juliana. She is a Colombian exchange student who was taught a little by the missionaries before but she moved before they could finish. She just so happened to move into the house of the second counselor of the stake presidency and he speaks perfect Spanish. So we picked her up as a new investigator yesterday and taught her the restoration. She said yes to all of the commitments we gave her which were got church, read the Book of Mormon, pray, and be baptized. However she has a lot of school and never any time so we don't know if she'll be able to do any of these. But next time we meet with her we'll extend a date for the 5th or 12th of next month. Me and my companion are getting along great! I'm at the point where I can talk to my companion all day in Spanish and we've been working really hard to learn more vocabulary and to also get rid of our accents. I'm getting pretty comfortable talking to people in Spanish. I can understand about 90% of what's being said and it's just words that I don't know yet that throw me off. With speaking my verb conjugations are the worst. Past tense is what gets me the most. People keep,telling me that English is so hard to learn but it's really not. Speaking is actually really easy it's just reading English that's really hard because none of the words sound like how they're spelled. This is the difference between English and Spanish. The verb to be in past tense: Ser (to be) past To be (English) past I fui We fuimos I was We were You (informal) fuiste You were They were You (formal) fue They fueron It's pretty insane! But I am getting better. Here are some pictures:
Elder Olson on the right who we saw at the temple.
Have a great week!