Sunday, October 18, 2009
I conducted the sacrament meeting today. Our landlord Pedro attended the meeting along with his wife Beatrice. It was great to see them and they seem like they're enjoying the meeting. Afterward Pedro agreed to let the missionaries come over and visit him later in the week.
The missionaries received a text message from the assistants to the president's asking if anyone had any housing available for sister missionaries. They immediately answered back that they had housing available and would love to have them in the area. It looks like we might get the sister missionaries after all.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Today we made a lunch for the missionaries today. In the evening we went to a discussion with Elizabeth. We pretty much don't know what's going on during the discussion until at the end Elder Walbeck asks us to bear testimony of what ever he's been teaching that day.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Today is our grandson Gavin's birthday! We tried to call him to wish and a happy birthday but there was no one home.
We rented bicycles to see if we would be able to ride them and if our bodies would agree with riding them. We rode them out to visit Leonardo and Leticia. We also went to visit President Picardo and went to another discussion with Elizabeth.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
On Wednesday we returned the bicycles that we had rented on Tuesday and discover that our bodies didn't mind riding bicycles except for the sore bottom.
We asked our landlord Pedro if he knew of any place and we can rent or buy bicycles and he said no just use mine. He said he had two very nice bicycles that were never been used that he would let us use. He just needed get them out of storage and filled the tires up with air.
We met with Pedro and Beatrice and they told the Missionaries that they were not religious people and were not interested in the Church.
Friday, October 23, 2009
This afternoon while we was eating lunch with the missionaries we found out that one of our Branch members Ruben Bica does not have any food in his house. The song “Because I have been given much I too must give” kept running through our minds. We had just enough time before our appointment with Leonardo and Leticia to go to the store and buy some food for Ruben. We decided to do a knock and run. So we left the bags of groceries at his door and went to our appointment.
It was great to visit with Leticia and Leonardo, they speak English and have a little baby for Janice to hold. Leticia really wants to go to the temple and be sealed to her husband and boys. About a week ago Leticia sister-in-laws sister's husband was killed in an airplane crash. He was a member of the Carrasco ward in Montevideo. This has really emphasize the importance of being sealed together with her family. They have a good spirit in their home and it's fun to visit with them.
Later that evening we went to a discussion with the missionaries at Elizabeth's. Elder Walbeck told me before the discussion that he was going to ask Elizabeth if it was OK if I baptized her. This would be a great honor but the missionaries have done all the work in teaching her and should be the ones to baptize her. I told Elder Walbeck that she should be able to choose whom she wanted to have baptized her. So when he asked her the question he phrased it in such a way that she would automatically choose me. So I went home and immediately started to learn how to say the baptism prayer in Spanish.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We awoke early because the assistants to the president's Elders Parraga and Zanutini are coming to town. They're delivering a new stove and refrigerator to us along with two garment racks. We had invited them for breakfast of waffles, pancakes and scrambled eggs. When they arrived we had breakfast ready. We quickly unloaded the items and had a wonderful breakfast. Elder Walbeck and Espinola joined us also. After everyone had left we started to organize our back bedroom for the sister missionaries that would be coming.