Wednesday, February 20, 2013

     Many things have been happening here in the District of Villarrica.  We have seen many people choosing to follow more closely in our Savior´s footsteps.  On Saturday I went to Villarrica and Sandra and Odaliz had their baptismal interviews.  They are prepared and will be baptized this upcoming Saturday.  We are inviting all of our investigators, and I know that this will make great progress for the district for the month of March.  We will be discussing baptismal goals and in March we will see miracles.  There is no district meeting on Tuesday because on Friday we will have Zone Conference.  
     As of now we have many people who have accepted the invitation to be baptized and we are working very hard with our new branch mission leader.  We are receiving more and more help from the members each day.  Tomorrow we will have a three-way companionship exchange with the zone leaders and the sector Ancahual.  I am realy short on time so I must apologize for the shortness of this letter.  Today we went to "Los Ojos de Caburgua" as a district and took a lot of pictures.  It was really amazing.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

   This is Elder Bosse, Elder Jolley, President Rappleye, and Elder Barker. 
These three missionaries were in the same MTC group.
  The district is doing absolutely amazing.  We started a game of sorts to increase the efforts in the zone.  Every time we extend a baptismal invitation, we are to "pinch" (call and let ring once and then hang up) our corresponding leader.  We set a goal as a zone to reach 18 baptismal invitations, and we reached 36 in all of last week.  Of those 36 there were 18 that accepted baptism.  I feel great about the progress that we are seeing.  This week as a district we will be focusing on how to get our investigators to attend church.  I woke up this morning in such a great mood and my personal study was incredibly effective.  The meeting tomorrow will be great with participation from all.
     On Saturday night we were assigned to speak in church with two topics.  One being fasting and fast offerings, and the other being family unity and exaltation.  I wanted to speak on both of them, so I let my companion decide which one he wanted to speak on.  I ended up delivering a message on Family Unity and Exaltation.  I felt really inspired when I was preparing the talk, and it greatly strengthened my testimony of families, however when I was speaking I was prompted to remove several scriptural references from the discourse.  I feel as though what I found edifying for myself was too harsh for the members to handle.  Family issues are very common here and I was prompted to  tone down the message so that the Spirit could testify to them of the basic principles that aid a family in its progress to salvation.