so to start off let me tell you a little about the weather. Here it is cold, humid and cold. All day long I can see my breath and it gets really, really cold at nights. We now sleep with electric blankets and with like 3 blankets on top. This week we need to buy a heater for the house because we haven't had one! It is not that great when you can see your breath during personal study in the mornings. I am also looking in the next few weeks to buy a coat here.
So like I promised last week I will explain the picture of the little bear dressed up like a missionary. Well his name is Elder Donoso. Elder Lazo and I made him. He is a missionary that every week after sacrament meeting we send him home with a family and a backpack full of materials. The family then has to share all the stuff in the backpack. This activity is a good way we get the ward to be more involved and to get new references.
This past Monday we were walking down the street and on a small corner store I saw one of my contacts. I decided to turn around and go talk to him. After talking to him for a bit he told us about a friend of his that needs help. We got to meet him that night and we have been working with him for the past week, his name is A. He is 36, he has some big problems with drinking and the poor guys family left him and his mom died not to long ago. He has some pretty bad depression. Almost every day this past week we have been visiting him and trying to help him. He is a really great guy who just hit rock bottom. We brought him and his friend, my other investigator to church yesterday. Throughout church he started to cry at times. I could see how hard it was for him to sit there and think about all that he has lost. I just sat there with my arm around him all of church trying to give him some comfort. He turned to me at one point and said he would love to bring his son here to the church, so we put that as our goal with him. His journey will be a hard one, and a lot of times I look at us, just 2 19 year old boys with ties. How can we help this dude? In reality we are the only ones who can really help him. We were set apart and given many gifts for this exact reason. We are the only people who can help this guy get the exact kind of help that he really needs.
It was this week that I was really able to see the potential and the good that missionaries have. I hope that I can use my full potential and be able to really help this guy the way he needs help.
Well everything else here is good! Not much to say. Changes are next week, so chances are I will be writing you from another sector. I have been here in this zone for 3 changes. It's not looking good for another change in El Monte, but you know where ever I go it will be where the Lord wants.
Love you all! Have a great week and enjoy the warmth!