May 8th, 2017
Tuesday - Had a lesson in the morning and then in the afternoon we spent basically the whole day painting the Hermana’s house! It was pretty fun, I gave myself a white moustache and beard! Then in the night we taught Katerin (alejandros sister) (we taught her like basically everyday because her baptismal date is coming up soon, and we are gonna have Alejandro baptize her!!)
Wednesday - we had a really good interview conference, we talked about faith and how in this mission 4 years ago they were finding 750 new investigators a week and baptizing 20 a week, right now were about 400 a week and 16 a week. Which has improved a lot with this new president, when I got here it was like 20 a change. Then we talked with Camila our convert, and she doesn’t really want to follow the rules in for the strength of youth, if she had some friends in the church it would help her, but she is getting a little rebellious, but nothing that a little bit of the gospel can't help! also I had an intercambio again with Belnap, it was pretty good.
Thursday - Back to back intercambios , I went with Elder Paulson! my homie from Rocha!!! haha we had intercambios back in La Paloma, that were only good because we were together. Now today we actually had a ton of success, and found a lady that will get baptized, during the whole lesson her friends were there listening and were talking sometimes and she said Hey! be quiet and listen this stuff is important and we should all listen to it! !! haha afterwards me and Paulson said, yep she's getting baptized pretty soon. Then we also had a really good lesson with some eternal investigators, and they said that they were coming to church! which they always say “ok well see”, but this time they were pretty firm in their decision.
Friday - so we found an old investigator that said he was about to baptized but he had school and studies and stopped coming. So we’re gonna go by and start teaching him, he said he would like to start taking the lessons again! Then in the night I had to do 3 baptismal interviews for the Hermanas again! They are on fire over there, but they were super good, haha it’s cool being the one to do the interviews because everyone respects you and basically does what you say (not in a dictator style kinda way though) but even the members over there, I just recently noticed that. But it’s cool being able to interview people and be the voice for the Lord in their progression.
Saturday - had a cool lesson with an atheist and she said she wants to know what her purpose in this life is, and that she’s been looking for a while. So we told her the way to find out is through prayer, so we’ll see how that goes! Then we got to futbol a little late and were not sure if people showed up and left, or if just on one came... but no one came!
Sunday - well I gave my first baby blessing today, haha Sister Lemos wanted me to bless her baby, and haha he was screaming the whole time, but it was cool, kinda hard to think though and feel the spirit when all you here is screaming. But Enrique and Ana didn’t come because company showed up, and the other investigators didn’t come because of reasons which I am unaware of. Then we had another lesson with the lady that we found after my prayer, and it was really good, talking about the importance of church and the Book of Mormon!
So yea another great week in paradise, found like 2 or 3 people that will be getting baptized next change, and helped another that will be baptized eventually! Also I ate 1 and a half bauru´s (a burger the size of 4) at the interview conference we had, I ate all of mine then Pres came over and said hey flaquito (little skinny guy) I’m worried about your health, eat this! So I’m kinda getting my appetite back being here in Durazno. I could barely eat 1 when I got here, I was struggling. But now it’s easy, but enough about food. This week was good and on this coming Saturday Katerin is going to be baptized!!! (Alejandro’s sister and he’s gonna baptize her) Also this Sunday we were present while alejandro and his mother were fighting about her telling him to come home for 2 hours before going to a play, and he was using some strong words. So I got sick of it, stood up and said: “we’re leaving” and looked at Alejandro and told him firmly “I never want to hear you say those words again!! and respect your mother, it doesn’t matter what the rule is, follow it because she has a lot more experience than you do, and she’s your mother!!”
But yea, it was a great week!
Love Elder Grigor
Having fun painting the Hermana's home
Always keeping his sense of humour !!!
Elder Grigor looks all grown up in this picture!!!
Our friend Esteban sent these to us after Elder Grigor had lunch with their family.
The missionaries are fed so well!!!