Monday, January 11, 2016

``The church is very beautiful, like it should be.``

I am sooooo sorry to tell you this, but all of the pictures took at the baptism have been infected with a computer virus so we are trying to fix that this week to send you the pictures of their marriage and baptism next week. 

But, it was a great week! We contacted a man named Josè Luis a few weeks ago and have been visiting him this last week. Josè Luis drives motorcycle taxi for work but his eyes started to stop working for some reason and he ended up loosing a lot of vision. He used all of the money that he had to fly to Lima, have an opporation, and come back. He has been without work for a month or so now, waiting until the doctor tells him he can work in his taxi. He drove in his taxi to Samuel`s baptism! My companion baptized Samuel and as he was going down I guess they weren`t far enough back in the font because Samuel came down and smacked his head on the corner of the font. I was scared he was hurt! But he went under the water and came back up victorious! Jannely was teasing Elder Salazar saying that he was trying to drowned her husband haha It was pretty funny. But, as he left the water my companion said that he started weeping saying that he just wants his mom and family to come to know the truth of these things. The missionaries have come to visit her but she always rejects us. She lives in a different sector than the one we work in. So, little by little I hope by his efforts she can also come to know of the Gospel. 

After the baptism, we went outside with Josè Luis. He tried to turn his motorcycle taxi on, but couldn`t. He then realized that someone had stole his car battery! We knew that he had absolutly no money, and his only hope of work was in his taxi. We decided to pitch in money and buy him a car battery. The branch president helped us out too. Josè Luis came to church yesterday earlier than anyone else. He sat by me and said, ``the church is very beautiful, like it should be.`` We`re reading the book of Mormon with him and he`s praying to know if Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. 

In Sacrament Meeting they assigned me to give a talk. When it was my turn, I had five minutes to give my talk. I had planned to give a talk on Family History. Well, I have given a five minute talk once in my life on Family History, so I decided to repeat. I stood there in silence for three minutes. It was so funny!! The Branch President`s wife was staring at me like I was insane trying to give me signs to start my talk. I just kept looking around. At the end I gave my frase and stated that I think our ancestors stare at us the same way. They look at us like we`re crazy because we still don`t start searching their names to do their work. It was great. After Sacrament Meeting me and my companion had to rush to the bus terminal to head to Cusco. We`re here until Wednesday with a meeting with President. I`m happy to know that I will NOT have to sit in a bus for 11 hours to go back to Puerto, but we`re now and I think from here on out will be flying in a one hour flight to the jungle of Puerto Maldonado. 

I LOVE YOU MOM and thank you for always  writing and helping me be the best I can be! I have learned a lot from you over the years and still learn! I hope to make you proud along with DAD and my Heavenly Father. 

Have a great week FAMILY and FRIENDS!
Elder Jeffery  

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