Plugging along....

December 16, 2013

Hey family how is it going? Well here we are just plugging along. We will just say that here in the area of Centro we are doing great. We are finding lots of people to teach and we are having success, but the zone is dying. Literally Dying. We are coming up with ideas to help the zone but I am not going to lie it is pretty hard. The whole zone is working at about 50% and that does not bring success. So we have some work to do. We were going to baptize this week but the brother of our investigator died so that kind of threw a kink in the baptism. The whole funerel and everything will be this week so the next week we should be able to have the baptism. This week was awsome also we found a family of 7 that is really positive. The mom of the family has tons of friends in the church and goes to all the activities that we have. The dad has been a little bit harder to get ahold of but last night we had a lesson with him in his house and he invited us to eat dinner and everything. It was great. Its is really interesting. She told one of the sisters in the ward that they were Catholics to the core but that her opinion is changing about the Catholic church. We are praying lot for this family and for the opportunity to baptize them.
Just wanted to share a thought that I had while reading the Book of Mormon this week. I was reading in 1st Nephi, chapter 18...I think it is. This is when Nephi breaks his bow. This is a classic story but over and over in the Book of Mormon we learn the lesson of don't sit on your butt when you have problems. There are a couple of great examples: Ammon when the sheep got scattered and also with Nephi's bow. He broke his bow and all of his brothers were just sitting there crying and he decided to make another bow and a sling to go hunt for food. I love teaching this lesson to the other missionaries. If your bishop does not help you or if your comp is hard or if your area is hard or if you don't have investigators, I always ask them "What are you going to do about it? Because sitting on your butt is not going to get you anywhere." We all need to learn how to act. Also the other thing that I loved is when it is talking about the liahona and how it worked according to their faith and diligence. This is exactly like our spirituality or relation with God. The more we do, the more diligence we exercise the more direction we will receive and we will have more spiritual power. When we do not do that, we cannot expect anything.
The quote for the week is, "If in a court of law you were accused of being a Latter-day Saint, would there be enough evidence to convict you?" -Jeffrey R. Holland. I always use this when we share messages with members.  It is a great quote. I love you guys so much and look forward to talking to you in a couple of weeks.

Elder Reinhold

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