I'm short on time this week so this is going to be quick. I'm going to try to hit the main points from this week. We found a lot! For the past few months the mission has been really focusing on finding families, so that's been what we have been trying to do here. This past week we were able to find a really cool family. We were looking for a former investigator and an older guy answered the door and said that his son, the former, wasn't home. We talked to him for a little bit and he invited us in and we met the whole family. They were really nice. We started teaching a little bit and they all really opened up. They're a family of four, a mom, dad, and two sons. The two sons, Jerry (21) and Israel (15), are both great kids, but have gotten into some bad stuff in the past few years. The mom has a lot of stress over the welfare of her two sons. She tries to take them to church and keep them on the right path, but they give her a lot of resistance. It is obviously something that gives her a lot of heartbreak. It was really cool to see as the lesson went on that Israel had a lot of questions. We talked about church and the youth groups and he was really interested. His mom was really excited because she said she had never seen her son so excited for things related to God and church. We are really excited for the Campos family. The mother really just wants the best for her sons. She loves them and is so supportive. It is really cool to see because a lot of the people we talk to live in families where the kids don't get a lot of support. It's sad some kids don't really get a lot of help and guidance. It makes me really grateful for my own family.
This week at church was really cool because we had some investigators show up who we weren't expecting to come! It was sweet. One person who came was Rosario. She is someone we have been teaching for a while, but it has been really hard for her to come to church because she works all night and only gets a few hours to sleep during the day. On top of that, she has two little girls to take care of. This Sunday she totally surprised us by taking her family to church. She is really doing great and progressing really well.
The rest of the week is great. We are having such an awesome time. I am in the best possible situation to end my mission. I have two awesome companions and a great area and ward. I am really loving it. Elder Hettinger, my trainee, is doing awesome. His Spanish is coming along so fast! He has it down way better than I ever had it at his point in the mission. He is really easy to train and an awesome companion. Elder Edwards is a great missionary who is hilarious. Things really are going great! The weather is getting cold, but I know I'll have much colder in store in just a few weeks.......
I hope you all have a great week! Take good care.
Elder Chad Thompson