Saturday, February 25, 2012

Family Status

So this week has been more or less awesome. In the beginning of the week we were working on getting a bunch of reports and statistics ready for President. We put together a chart of baptisms by month for 2008-2011 and what we have so far in 2012, a chart of the mission's numbers by week for last year and so far in 2012 and also statistics of converts by age and gender. Soooo basically it's been a lot of information but we've come up with some pretty sick graphs in google docs. I kinda wish we had started doing this earlier because I would love to come up with correlations between the mission's numbers and baptisms etc but it looks like that will be in the next Historiador's hands.

We had a fantastic day on Thursday. In the morning we showed President all the work that we'd done and he loved it so that was cool. Then we went to his house to rearrange the board he has in his house with all the missionaries and where they are and who they're with etc. This part isn't as fun because we have to color in a box on every single one of their cards that correlates with what zone they're in. It helps President see where everyone has been and also how much time they have. We also have to write the date of the transfer, their area, position and companion on the back of every card so when you have over 200 missionaries it becomes quite the job. The super cool part was that we got to eat with Sister Avila and her family at the family table. haha. It's super cool to be able to talk to them about how it was leaving Buenos Aires and school and friends and just seeing how life is from their side of the missionary work. After that we were walking to the bus stop and some of the main roads in downtown were all blocked off because there was a bicycle race going on. It seemed pretty intense. There were dudes in yellow uniforms making sure no one crossed the street when a bicyclist was getting close and pretty much every bicyclist had a policeman accompanying them on a motorcycle. We have no idea what was going on but it seemed like it was a pretty big deal. And maybe a big tourist occasion because we passed two groups of people speaking English. That's always weird.

But the day didn't quite end there. After that we were going to go by Eduardo (I don't know if you remember him from like two months ago but we finally found him again) and on the way ended up stopping by an inactive we've been working with (finding her home was a miracle) who committed to going to church this Saturday and then Carmen who practically volunteered to go by the inactive's house and help her come so we're pretty stoked about that. I seriously feel like she's family. I know her kids, I was there when she got baptized, when her motorcycle got robbed, when she got robbed, when her mom got sick and we still always find a way to laugh and joke around and I just love it. Anyways, basically neither her nor the inactive lady were on the plans we had made but we felt like we needed to stop and it seems like we did because not only were they home but we had great lessons with them as well. I love just getting a feeling to do something and doing it even though you don't know if the feeling just came from you or from the spirit and then later being able to realize it probably wasn't from you. Sometimes you just gotta go with it even though you're not positive why you need to. Anyways, when we finally got to see Eduardo we had a great lesson with him about the word of wisdom and he's committed to stop smoking which is pretty much the only thing keeping him from baptism. I love walking out of lessons and being super stoked because of how awesome some people are here.

So yeah, I think that's just about it. Life has been pretty great. Rusbel started working though, which means we can only teach him Saturdays and Sundays, so that kinda put a damper on things but we have two baptisms today of people that we've been working with with the assistants and he's planning on coming because he wants to know what it's like, so that's pretty chill! Hopefully we can get Romina there as well.

Welp! That's about it for now folks. Tell Kyle Harris I say hi. haha

With all the love of a dinner table,

Elder Lounsbury

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