Happy Birthday Elder Jacobson
Justin and the 100 year old avocado tree
Some of the sites
Our handsome missionary
well another week has passed (past) by. its hard to believe how fast the weeks go by here. this week was a really good week for us. I could really see how we were blessed as we tried to be obedient and work hard. Even though we had a bunch of appointments fall through we were still able to make our goal of 10 lessons taught and we found 12 new investigators. kind of shows that even when things dont work out like you hope, Heavenly Father always has a way for us to keep his commandments.
so we only have one more week of this, my second change. when i started my mission one of the older elders told me every change goes by faster until its time to leave. and thats how i feel now, it went by super fast. when changes come, we usually find out tuesday and have to leave for the change meeting wednesday. I dont really know how long the average is of staying in one area, but im kind of hoping i get at least one more change here. i feel like some things are just picking up, and i dont want to leave right now. but i know that ill be where im supposed to be, so im not really worried too much about it. just enjoying the ride.
ha its funny, im trying to think of the highlights of this week and not a whole lot is coming to mind. i guess im just too much in the zone. i think the just in JUSTin stands for JUST too much in the zone. but there were two highlights that stick out in my mind. the first was that we found the tree (as you can see in picture 1 and 2). i dont know if you can see what im looking at in the picture, but that is a 100 year old avocado tree. just to give you an idea, there are about 50 branches, each with at least 10 avocados. ha thats over 500 avocados. unfortunately they still arent ripe, but we picked a few any way to ripen in the casa.
the other highlight was that the ward threw me a surprise birthday party. ha actually i think that they were just as surprised as i was. the truth is that they had a surprise birthday party for the bishops daughter, and after some of the festivities one of the members mentioned that it was my birthday too. ha so even far from home i had a well planned and beautiful birthday party, complete with friends food, music, and of course cake.
so other than that it was a pretty normal week. im just enjoying every day here. sometimes i take for granted how beautiful this mountain area is, but every time i take a moment to look close, im amazed by the beauty here. its incredible.
in other news the work with the ward is going along better than i could of thought. yesterday was our ward conference. and after the conference the stake leaders put on a meeting of how the ward leadership is to work, and where they should focused. everyone, including myself, learned alot. now all the leadership is committed to have ward council meetings every week, which will give elder heywood and i a way better opportunity to work with the ward.
as far as investigators goes it was kind of a tough week. we couldnt find any times to meet with some of our more promising investigators, but i think sometimes thats good because it gives them a chance to study and fulfill the commitments on their own. we have appointments to meet with them this week. the two most promising families are the monson family, and the miranda family. the miranda family is part member, the dad is a member and the mom isnt. but the mom has been coming to church, and i think they both really like it. and the monson family is related to some members, and i think they are kind of looking for religion right now. they both have said that they want to make some changes in their lives. so we are going to continue working with both.
well im low on time now. but just know that all is well here. im very well fed and taken care of. im learning so much everyday, and my spanish is coming along splendidly. i love you all, enjoy the week in work school, and whatever else you do . stay happy. ill talk to you next week. love