Monday, April 28, 2014

Success in our area. Lots of Spanish.

Sounds like the business is doing awesome, getting a lot of stuff in and having fun. You are right, the business is a way that the family can be together. It's not what I miss the most but I  do miss working there. How is Robbie doing on the website? How are sales? En general what is the next step for the business? Just keep me informed because that business is my baby, nuestra (our) baby. What did dad have this week that he was gone so much? Biking? That's awesome that he gets to do all this biking this year. I really miss biking. But walking is healthy, just slow.
So my companion is Elder Carvajal, he is from Chile. He is the youngest of his family, his brothers are menos activo (less active) and his padres (parents) are active (active in church). El tiene 5 meses aqui in Ecuador. (He's been in Ecuador 5 months).  He loves futbol and movies. He talks a lot which means I don't get to talk. (That's a hard thing for a Luke.) That's mainly the part that I don't like. Pero tenemos exito en nuestro sector. (But we are having success in our area). This last week we had the confirmation de Julia Jara. It was so awesome. Tambien had an investigator qien tiene 2 asistencias y fecha bautizmal for 10 de mayo. (We also had an investigator who has been to church twice and has a baptism date for the 10th of May.)  All of our investigators necesitan 3 asistencias in iglesia. (All our investigators have to attend church three times for baptism).  So she is on her way to entering into the Celestial Kingdom. Tambien tuvimos an old couple in iglesia. (We also had an older couple attend church.) They were a referencia (referral) that we contacted the day before. So that was awesome. Then this week we are going to pay for the papers so that the padres (parents) of the familia Jara can be married and ser bautizado manana (and be baptized later). 
So back to our exito (success). Then otra hermana nesacita casarse tambien, our meta con ella is for 24 de mayo. (Then another sister has to get married also, our goal with her is the 24th of May.)We also have a feche for 24 de mayo (date for the 24th of May) with an investigators who is gay. It is very interesting. If he has the desire to change his life we can help him do that. We know the manera que el puede hacer eso. (We know the way to do that.)  If we can get all of our investigators  to baptism, we could get mas de (more than) 6 baptisms this next month. But our meta (goal) is to hit 6 baptisms. Other than that nothing has been happening. (Sounds like a lot of activity for "nothing happening.") 
I have been reading the Book of Mormon and its awesome. Read it. It has so much that we can learn from it. I am in 3 Nephi when Christ is teaching. He teaches in chapter 14 verses15-20 that in our days there will be false prophets, but that we can know the real prophet from his fruits. Its awesome to compartir eso (share this) because el libro de Mormon (the Book of Mormon) is the fruto de jose smith (fruit of Joseph Smith). That is why the Book of Mormon is the clave or key stone de esta iglesia (of the church). Tambien me gusta eso (I also like this) scripture because we can know that Thomas S Monson is un profeta por medio de sus (a prophet through his) teaching or frutas. It's awesome. Julia had a problem with that before her baptism. She didn't have a testimony of Thomas S Monson. She knew he was a good dude but not a profeta (prophet). It wasn't until we explained that if the Book of Mormon is the word of God, means that Jose Smith (Joseph Smith) was a profeta(prophet), which means Thomas S Monson is also a profeta (prophet). Tambien she read a lot and listened to conferencia (General Conference) and she gained that testimony. It's awesome to see that scripture in actions, and that we can apply it in our lives. Read the Book of Mormon. Its so awesome and the stories and everything. Even if we weren't Mormon it would be a sick book. The war stories and teachings are awesome. I love it. When I finish it I am going to read it again in Spanish and then read d y c(Doctrine and Covenants) in English.
Did you know that people think that Jehovah is God? This other man said that God doesn't have a body. Its just so weird. They say here that God is Jehovah because it says that Jehovah created the world. But I found a scripture. Hebrews 1:1-2 that shows that Jesus Christ is Jehovah. It's just interesting. The guy that said that God doesn't have a body didn't even know the bible. When I questioned where he found all of it out he just said the Bible and couldn't show us. But Christ says that he follows the example of the father. Then that means that Christ has a body. It's just crazy what people think of.
Its been very hot, wait its always hot. I am always sweating, and I got sun burnt.
I love you mom
I love you dad
I love you family.
Elder Luke

(I think the Luke family is going to have to learn some Spanish just to be able to read Brian's emails soon.  More and more Spanish mingled with misspelled English.  Hopefully I've cleaned it up a little for you to read.)

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