Monday, December 8, 2014

Our White Christmas!!!

    Hello everybody!!! Everybody sounds so good!! Uncle Kenny, I honestly didnt recognize Porter in that picture. I thought that it had to be Keaton haha! All your kids are so grown up!! Jordy and Naes, way to go with basketball. Sounds like you are all playing really well!  Tan, good luck in your tournament! So it´s U of A and Boise State in the fiesta bowl. That will be a lot of fun since here in my zone we have Elder Ah You from Boise and went to Boise State before the mission. Mom, im sorry about the family not being there when you passed by on Sunday. It is so frustrating, and it unfortanetly happens all too often. Through my mission i have seen that the best way for somebody to realize the importance and blessing of the gospel is to have them feel the spirit through our testimonies. Our personal testimonies are the greatest tools that we have, and we must use them. That is until they are able to have their own personal experiences.
    So this past Saturday we were able to have our White Christmas!!! Darío Gomez was baptized and the process truly was a miracle. This whole time we had been teaching him, I had been a little nervous about him getting baptised because he never really showed signs of recieving a testimony and he didnt really have a real desire to get baptised. I was just hoping it would come with time and the rest of the lessons leading up to his baptism. But then a week before his baptism we taught him about the law of the fast. And this was while he was having dificulties with quiting smoking. So after teaching him about that he asked us if we could all fast together. So we fasted together that sunday and from that he told us about the extra strength he felt the week leading up to his baptism to not smoking. Also he felt impressed to read the book of mormon and pray everyday that week, which he hadnt really done before. We were able to have a good talk with him on Friday, the day before his baptism, and he told us about all the experienes that he had had that week, including recieving an answer to his prayers and finding his own personal testimony. It truly was amazing to see and be a part of that change in him. He is now working towards recieveing the priesthood and even maybe serving a mission one day!
      We also had a great week with Cristian. It has been tough these last 2 weeks to find him in the house, but on friday we felt very strongly that we needed to pass by that morning. So we headed on over and there he was in front of his house. So we got inside and had a great lesson with him. But come Saturday night we got a call from his Mom saying that Cristian had turned back to his old ways and had left that night with his friends. We were pretty sad about that and ended up not passing by for him like we had originally planned to bring him to church. Then 10 minutes before church started we got a call from Cristian saying ´´hey where are you guys, im here waiting!´´, so we drove over real quick with a member and brought him and his little brother to church with us. Lets just say he really stuck out haha, but he loved it there and felt great. That was a huge lesson learned personally for me. I was too busy judging Cristian to worry about what I could truly do to help him. It doenst matter what he has done, when Sunday arrives, he needs to be there in church with us. This is a gospel of change and thanks to our Savior and the process of repentace, there is always room to change no matte what we have done or what we are doing!!
     Vanessa is also doing well. We were able to meet with her this past week, but we have now come to a road block with her. We have passed by for her these last 2 weeks, but she hasnt been there both times. She is a great lady and has the desires to change and get baptised, she just needs to take these certain steps of preperation to get to that point! Oh, and we still havent been able to go to Quines, Familia Coco are still having some health problems, but I really hope to go this week since transfers are next week and there is a chance I could be going! But everything is great here in Pringles. Burning hot, but great! Oh one other thing. We need to set up a time to skype on Christmas day. I believe it is a 4 hours diference. So just let me know! Maybe at about 2:00 here which would be 10:00 there. But I can do later or earlier. Just let me know!!!! Love you all so much and have a great week!!

Elder Wengert-W9

1. This is Leo Montoya. I knew him  very well when I served in Alvear and then he moved here to live with his brother, so Iv gotten really close to him. But last week he left on his mission to Colombia. What a stud!
2. We got to do some service on saturday, working on the house of one the members here. Way fun!!

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