|Starting our tour of Colonia|
Our week started with a trip to Colonia de Sacramento which is a city about two hours away. It was the first settlement in Uruguay and has a lot of history and museums. I hope you like the photos. We spent the day with the Temple Missionaries and the Nortons from Buenos Aires. We went over and back on the bus. It was a fun day.
Next we have the results of the Sisters “using” our i-pad. They had several poses such as, “look happy”, “look sad”, “look scared”, “something tastes bad”, and “something smells bad”. I put up about 10% of the actual pictures. They are quite entertaining.
We had the Zone Leader and District Leader Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday. I like the pictures of the Elders helping and getting ready to eat. I especially like the picture of Elder Montiel and Cheney “begging” for food. This is really a good tool. With this photo, they not only get more to eat, but they also get more help with all of the missionary work. They have really got things popping in the Carasco Ward. This is the one that surrounds the Temple.
Consejo is training received each change for Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. There are a few, older, and extras in the photo. They love meeting together and renewing friendships.
Now for Elder Childs. Here is the four month story in one sentence. Elder Childs arrived in the office, received his cedula or Uruguayan documents, got his health test for a driver’s license, found out his US license had expired, started driving school, somehow got his license renewed in the states, stopped driving lessons, waited for his license from the US, received his license after three weeks, got another health test, went to the driver’s license office to get his license, found out it was closed for a strike, returned the next day, got his license and finally passed his driving test from me. You think he was happy? We sure were, if for nothing else than not to have to listen to the saga anymore. His picture actually shows how much fun it is to work with him every day. We love him.
|Elder Lockhart and Gomez enjoyed the ride|
I wish I had more time and space to talk about our weekend in Castillos. We had several good visits and we feel that each time we go we are definitely led to the people that we meet. Progress is slow, but you can see the efforts of the missionaries paying off in increased faith and work of the members. The highlight of the weekend was Renee’s talk in Sacrament Meeting. She did a real good job. She still struggles with Spanish but is making progress every week. One thing that is for sure, the people in Castillos love her. They appreciate all of her efforts to learn the language and share her testimony with them. We leave Castillos every week with a heavy heart as we love the people so much and can’t wait to go back.
Lastly was a Capilla Abierta in the Los Ceibos branch. It was very well attended by the members and they were able to give a strong message to several people interested in the Gospel. The missionaries were great and did a good job inviting people and sharing their Testimonies. Because of the Capilla Abierta it is now 10:30 P. M. and I am tired and ready for bed. Next week does not appear to be quite as hectic but it still should be fun.
We are so grateful for the chance to help in some small way. We love the mission president and his family. The missionaries are so wonderful. We hope we can rest up enough to get a few things done this week. The Gospel is true. We are grateful for it.
We love you all.
Gordon and Renee