Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Skibby sent the following email on Monday, June 12, 2017.  Our translation attempts are in italics:

Date:  June 12, 2017 at 10:55 AM
Subject:  Que susto de verle!  [What a shock to see him!] [We think Skibby is referring to Oscar, 
an investigator she was working with several weeks ago who was on the verge of getting baptized, 
but then just suddenly disappeared...]  

Hola buenas a todos! Que tal estáis?! espero que estén disfrutando el calor. Super super fuerte el calor aquí. Cuantos grados es allá?  [Hi, everyone! How are you?! I hope you are enjoying the heat. Super super strong the heat here. How many degrees is there?]

This week has been awesome! It's been a little crazy. First off, we had transfers. They tell us Saturday night who goes, and where. I knew our companionship was going to change, but I didn't know who was going or where.

Monday night we saw Luz! Nilo and Luz's husband Luis were there. They are both amazing. Luz has a baptismal date for the 24 of June. She is super excited and Luis doesn't have any problem with it. He doesn't want to be baptized because he's already been baptized, but he really likes talking to us and learning more. 

Tuesday we had a special zone conference. Elder Gay of the Seventy came and talked to us. He is a crazy guy, but he said some pretty inspired things. Then later that day we met with someone named Shirley. Her cousin is a member visiting from Bolivia. We got to talk about the restoration. She said she's felt like she keeps moving farther and farther away from God, but really wants to come closer to him like she was before. She's hoping we can help her. It's really cool because every time we teach the restoration, we are ending the personal apostasy of that person, or restoring them personally to the truth. I really hope Shirley will be able to accept the Gospel because it will bless her life and help her come closer to God. We had another lesson scheduled with a man named Usiel. But he failed us. Luckily, we got a call from a guy named Li Kai that we had a lesson set up with (but we had forgotten to put it in our calendar.) If we had been in the lesson with Usiel, we wouldn't have picked up the phone to talk to Li Kai. We just shared something small, but I'm really glad we were able to talk to him and make a good relationship. He's Chinese.

Wednesday we had a family home evening in Daisy and Gonzalo's house. We talked about the good Samaritan. That's such a great parable because it shows the true character of all the people and how the higher law (of love) is always better than the Mosaic. I gave Noelia, their daughter, a piano lesson.

Thursday. We were supposed to see Miriam. Wednesday night my heart started hurting because I was thinking about all the people who I've taught and loved who haven't accepted the Gospel. So anyway, Thursday morning we headed to Miriam's. She lives in Oporto. We were passing by a tiny park when I saw someone I knew sitting down on a concrete bench. I stopped dead in my tracks. When he saw me, he covered his face. It was Oscar. We sat down next to him. He was unshaven, and dirty, and drunk. He said he left the church because there was a woman in the way of him being able to be baptized. He felt guilty because we had called him so many times and worried so much and had always wanted the best for him. Now he doesn't have a phone or a job, and he can't remember the address of his piso. He wanted 1 euro to take the bus to his house. So we gave it to him. He promised he would come to the church Friday at 8 to see us. When we stopped at Miriam's house, she couldn't meet with us, so we ran back to Oscar. He hadn't moved, so we left him with a note to come to the church in case he forgot. I think that’s all we could have done. 2 days late, he was still there. We couldn't stop and talk to him this time though because we were on an errand for Miriam. There is a stark difference between people who have the Gospel and those who live in sin. I hope Oscar will make it to the church. Friday night I saw Elian and Obispo Jabonero from Mostoles! It was awesome. Elian is trying to become president of herbal life. Also, hna Keller came and visited b3 with her families. My first intercambio [exchange] ever was with her in b3 [barrio 3]. Weird.

Saturday. We got the call. I am now in b6. Hna Tang and Leong will take on b3 solar. They are awesome. That's all for now. Love and miss you all

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