Monday, September 10, 2012

Letter 61

September 4, 2012

Hey Y'all!
It sounds like the home projects are getting just about finished up! I hope y'all like it and more importantly I hope I can recognize the place when I get back! Time just keeps on flying out here and it just makes me want to work harder to help all the great people here in Texas!

I did get the package that you sent me and I am grateful for the effort haha! It wasn’t lame at all. I WAS expecting some pictures though... maybe I'll send you some pictures when you send ME some pictures! hahaha oh how the tables have turned! Haha I don’t know if I'll actually need that sketch book either... maybe I'll send that home with my next package... but I have no idea when that will be haha. I'll send my memory card with that package though ok. Maybe next week. I just need a box that will fit everything.

Oh last Monday I just bought some soccer cleats so I don’t have to ruin my Vans... They're pretty tight. Elder Aguilar got the same ones as me so we could be twinners. CUTE..... I love all the Elders in my apartment. Elder Aguilar and Elder Eggli have been out for about 9 months and Elder Wilding is brand spankin’ new with about 2 months. Elder Aguilar is from Maryland, Elder Eggli is from a little town in Northern Utah called Garland, and Elder Wilding is from the Pocatello Idaho where the potatoes flow like wine! They're all great. And Edinburg is a  little city like Orem or Provo. I like it.

But everything is going great here in Edinburg West! Elder Eggli and I are working hard trying to find new investigators and striving to help the investigators we do have to progress! It’s truly amazing to be a missionary at this time!

Our investigator Sam is doing so well! We only started her teaching her last week but she is basically ready to get baptized right now! She is really driven to find answers and to follow Jesus Christ. She keeps all of her appointments, she goes to institute and FHE, and she is very sensitive to the Spirit and knows that everything that we've taught her is true. I don’t see any obstacles stopping her from being baptized in the next few weeks. She is definitely a prepared daughter of God and we are very thankful for the opportunity to teach her. She even came to play soccer with all the missionaries yesterday at the Church and she brought a friend! She's amazing. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to help Elena that much because she is holding back a bit, but its ok because once Sam is baptized she can help us baptize some other people!

Thomas didn’t come to church and he has been flaking out on a lot of other appointments so we're going to have to drop him. Sorry....We also received a really great referral for a Part Member family that lives in our area, the Harkrider Family. The mom was baptized a while ago in Brownsville but was only active for about 6 months and then her life got really hectic and she fell way. But she told the missionaries that she wants to go back to church with her family. Her husband isn’t a member but is really cool! He was raised Methodist but likes the Mormon church. They have a 10 year old son that can also be baptized. They came to church on Sunday and loved it! The mom found some friends at church and the dad really loved the messages that were shared about strengthening our homes and families. We have another appointment with them tomorrow and hopefully we'll set a baptismal date for the dad and son.

I'm growing a lot here. I'm learning to look at people differently ever since I was in Rio Grande. Really, everyone around us are our brothers and sisters, and unfortunately we don’t treat them like that all the time. We really need to. When we do we learn to understand each other, we know what to say, and we feel the Spirit. It is key in missionary work to be able to see with "Spiritual Eyes" and hear with "Spiritual Ears" like Elder Bednar tells us, so that we can discern exactly how to help someone. I love all of these great lessons that I'm learning.

I hope that y'all have a great week and remember to pray to charity!

-Elder Jordan Stewart

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