Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Year 2 - Letter 16 - Baton Rouge, LA

2 Nephi 31:17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.

Hey everyone!

This week was probably one of the longest/awesome weeks ever!  For starters, me and Elder Drollinger are both staying here, which is nice.  No hay cambios para nosotros.  I am so grateful for the time that we still have to work together. 
Well, this week started out with an awesome meal from the Martinez family.  We had helped a neighbor of theirs move, and so they made us some jambalaya, which was really good.  If you go and get Zatarain's jambalaya mix, and for the meat use some sausage or chicken or both, it pretty much tastes the same as any jambalaya I have had here.  
Next, we had an awesome district meeting where we talked about unity and the spirit.  the object lesson was a huge maze that our companion had to lead us through while we where blindfolded. It was fun.  President Wall has really been talking a lot about unity lately.  Unity in companionships, in districts, in zones and in the entire mission.  If we are unified, we will receive the blessings that are predicated. 

Thursday we went and translated for the Murillos  That was super cool.  I still find it crazy that I can speak Spanish sometimes. Anyways, that went well.  After that, we went to LSU and free speech alley, where the Zone Leaders and Prairieville sisters had set up a booth.  We were going on exchanges so they just had us meet them there and help them out with that.  That was super cool.  The whole theme of the table was "Ask a Mormon".  If they asked a question, they got a free tie.  It was super fun, and we gave out a few copies of the Book of Mormon, and got a few names numbers and addresses.  Super cool.  After that, I was out with Elder Ajeda, who is from Gihanna, in South America.  That is one of the only countries in South America that doesn't speak Spanish.  Therefore, he didn't speak Spanish much.  He could pray and that was pretty much it.  So, we went and saw Blas, who doesn't really get the purpose of the Book of Mormon, so we are going to have to help him with that.

Friday, Elder Ajeda and I went everywhere, and wasn't finding much to do.  We ended up knocking on this guys Peter's door.  I have been knocking on that door for my entire stay in Baton Rouge.  This time,he answered, and turns out he is from Belize, the other country in Central/South America that doesn't speak Spanish, but speak English.  They are both basically like caribbean countries that are not islands, but still have that "Islander" feel.  They speak in a broken English, and it was cool to hear Peter and Elder Ajeda talk.  We taught Peter the Restoration, and he really understood it.  he is awesome!  He said that he has had a problem with drinking, but had been only drinking on the weekends, but that he didn't like it.  He said that whenever he was in the slums, the missionaries always knocked on his door.  He said it was a sign from God.  We told him that that was exactly what it was.  We stopped by to see him again Sunday, and read in Alma 32 with him, because he had finished reading Ether 12 that we gave him the last time.  We then committed him to be baptized and he said yes.  That was so sick!  The only sad thing is that we are going to have to give him over to the English south elders.  We don't go to the English ward, so it will be for the best.   We also went by the Wilkersons, and talked with Roberto, and he really opened up to us, which was cool. 

Monday was awesome!  Usually I don't like proselyting Mondays, because it just doesn't feel right the hole time, but this time it was awesome!   We went and met with the Murillos, who are going to move but stay in our area, and we talked with them about putting church first and God will help us with the rest.  We used 4 Nephi 1-5 to do it.  It was pretty cool.  I hope that they are coming to understand, that by going to church and living the commandments, you really are solving all your problems.  If you focus on the spiritually important things, we will receive help with the physical.

We then went to see David.  We finished the Plan of Salvation, and then committed him to be baptized on the 12 of October.  He said yes and said that he shouldn't have any problems getting permission from his dad.  That would be awesome!  Anyways, we are so excited for him!

Well, this week has been awesome!  A lot of hard work and a lot more to do!  I love you all!  Thanks for everything!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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