|Elder Poulson and Elder Mitchell are the Dairymen|
On Tuesday we had to drive up through Florida and Durazno to sign contracts. It was very difficult to get them all signed but we did get the two that were the furthest away completed. Hopefully we can get the rest completed this week. We needed to go from Sarandi Grande to Sarandi Del Yi. We could either take the longer route and stay on the well travelled roads or take a shortcut to “save some time”. Guess which one we took? When we turned off the main road the shortcut was high quality asphalt. We soon started seeing patches of gravel in the pavement and eventually it was all gravel. We made one wrong turn and ended up on the “less traveled road” that is shown in the blog. We finally had to turn around as we came to a creek that didn’t have a good bridge. We didn’t take a picture of the creek as we were too busy trying to figure out how to turn around and get out of there. When we finally got back on track we had to go through a sheep herd. You can tell it is winter here by the heavy wool. We did make it to Sarandi Del Yi and were helped greatly by Bishop Lemos again. He is such a good man.
|No road trip in Uruguay is complete without going through some sheep.|
Thursday night was one of the highlights of our mission. You will remember our friends, Humberto and Cristina. Well the other day, Humberto called to tell us that Cristina had a stroke and was in the hospital. Thursday we took Elder Peterson and Elder Rodriguez to the hospital to give Cristina a blessing. Cristina shares a room with another women. We were able to give the blessing in front of several non-members. After the blessing we were able to explain the Priesthood and blessings to the folks in the room. It went very well. Humberto just called to let us know that Cristina has been released from the hospital and will be staying with her daughter. That is exciting. We expect to go see her this week.
|Buying lunch and "Pronto Pollo"|
We received special help from one of the members, Oreales. On our last visit she was just back to Church from an operation. We felt that we needed to stop by to see her to see how she was doing. This was more than a coincidence as she had a book that she wanted to show us. It is the history of the Castillos Branch and includes pictures and testimonies of most of the members that we had been trying to find. It showed pictures of the branch with more than 40 members in attendance and there were a lot of youth. It was wonderful. Now we can see the potential of the branch and are seeing ways that we can help. We believe that we were sent to Oreales’ home to help us catch the vision of Castillos. We also went with the missionaries to the property that the Church owns that is on the top of the hill in Castillos. We were able to see the whole town and see the potential that this little town has. We are anxious to do “real missionary work”. We love to bear our testimonies of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ . That is why we are here. We are so grateful that we can be here serving the people in Uruguay. We love you all and appreciate what you do for us.
Gordon and Renee