Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Casa Abierta (Open House)

fHola a todos, we've had a fair week here in Aquiles Serdan. It´s been getting pretty hot here (not really, it´ll get to about 85 sometimes) but we've been working hard. 

This week we started out with an alright Tuesday. We had a lot of appointments that fell through that day. We were out in the street all day looking for people that we could visit. That night we also had a meeting with President Christensen and stake President Quintero. It was a really good meeting, sometimes President Christensen can be direct and he was pretty direct in that meeting. Our Stake leadership is super solid however, we might have some of the best stake leaders in the mission.

On Wednesday we had the district meetings which went well. We also had interchanges with Elder Maxfield and Elder Estes. I stayed here in the area with Elder Maxfeild who is a solid new Elder. He´s from Utah, is in his second transfer, is battling to conquer Spanish and works hard. We had a good day. We found a couple new investigators, one who´s the boyfriend of a less active member. We also taught a few less active members that live here in the ward. It was a good day.

Thursday we had our weekly planning which is always just a period of 3 hours of pure excitement. After we had a baptismal interview for one of our District Leaders Elder Jarmon. Its always great to have baptismal interviews because you get to see the progress and preparation that someone has made towards making a covenant with God. Also while my companion did the interview, Elder Jarmon, Pineda and I taught one of the friends of the investigator who had the interview. Its pretty strange teaching in trio but it was fun.
"Statistics of the Church" poster for Open House
On Saturday we only had one lesson with a member who fed us and in the night we had our weekly correlation meeting. That was also a tough day, all of our appointments just fell through. Sunday was our Ward Conference which was also very powerful. We also had an investigator come to church named Ivon who is the mother of a less active member and she felt the spirit strongly. She told me after one of the classes that she wanted to be baptized and asked what she has to do. It was a really cool moment and we are working with her to help her prepare to make that covenant with God.

On Friday we had a open house for our ward because they had to rededicate the chapel because it had been remodeled. It was awesome, there was a great choir, every organization had set up a room to show what they do and there was food! It was a great activity and the spirit was there very strongly. There was also a ton of people who weren't members there too which was awesome! It really was a successful open house that we had. 

Yup, and today we had another choir practice of what we are going to sing when the President leaves. Its going to be a really powerful song. I´ll see if I can take a video of it. Everyone have a good week. Bye!

-Elder Hartvigsen

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