Monday, July 8, 2013


hi family! 
so today was a super p day!  Our President comes on Friday so today we had a last p day with the whole mission.  President Alvarado and his family took us all to the Morro is San Juan.  It reminded me a lot of the fort that we went to in Scotland!  Except a lot warmer... haha.  Same amount of rain though.  It was really pretty and fun to see more of Puerto Rico!  I felt like I was back in the states for a sec.  After we went to the chapel and had lunch and the President and his family spoke.  I'm sad I didn't get him as a president for longer, he's really great.  But I'm excited to meet our new President on Friday! This past week was another busy week!  We've been meeting with a lot of our members and less active families.  And we have another baptismal date! Our investigator is about 50 years old and he's been blind for 7 years. We've only taught him two lessons so far, but on Saturday we invited him to come to church and also set a date for his baptism in July!  It was super hard to find a ride for him to come to church because we don't have very many members in our area.  All the members live closer to the chapel.  So all Saturday we tried calling people to give him a ride and couldn't find anyone.  Sunday morning we went over to a less active family's house to have breakfast before church and we were counting on them to give him a ride as our last hope and when we got to their house they didn't really let us in.  We were determined to try and get them to church so we waited outside their house for almost 15 to twenty minutes.  Finally they came to the door and said they were going to get ready while we made them breakfast.  So my companion and I made pancakes, and at 8:15 they were still getting ready and we still didn't have a ride for our investigator.  So we tried calling to the family in the house and no one would answer.. they were probably hiding haha.. so we called one of our investigators to see if he could give our other investigator a ride and he could!  So we had to leave and show him where he lived, but the family wouldn't answer us haha so we ended up leaving the pancakes with a note on the table and leaving.  And we barely made it to church on time!  It was honestly a miracle that we were able to find him a ride.  If we have faith, the Lord will provide a way, but we have to work for it!  It was a crazy morning! haha Then last night was a conference for all the bishops and counselors and stake presidents and missionaries!  So we watched the conference at the mission office. It was all about how the members and the missionaries have to work together to do the mission work.  And how missionary work has changed so much in the past few years.  They talked about how media is now a huge part of the missionary work and they showed a slide clip of missionaries using facebook and tablets and stuff and we all laughed becuase that's definitely not how ours is haha.  President said that when the new President comes he will most likely be bringing those changes though.  So it will be really interesting to see how that all pans out. 
So Friday is our first baptism!! I am so excited.  Its the boy and girl that we've been teaching for about a month now.  I can't wait! I will send lots of pictures next week!  
Anyways its sounds like you guys are all doing really well and busy!  The birthday festivities looked so fun!  Happy birthday Grandpa and Riley and Joey!! Lake powell next week sounds like a lot of fun!  And I can't believe Lauren and Spencer bought the dog! What kind did you decide on?  When will you get it?  So exciting!! Oh thank you so much for the package!! I loved all the clothes and the pillow case.  And the book is so useful thank you!  Everything in it was great!  I think I am good on everything now.  Thank you so much!  If I need anything I will let you know!! And tell Grandma thank you for the shoes!! 
I am really looking forward to this next week!  I am so excited for all the work that has to be done!! Thank you for everthing!! Lots of love! 
xoxo hermana cole 

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