Hola everyone, Did the subject of the email get your attention? I hope so. There actually was an earthquake here yesterday. It´s a long story though...basically, it was really strong, about a 7.1 people say...but the only problem, I DIDN´T FEEL IT! I´m so angry. This is the second earthquake I haven´t felt. We were walking while it happened, we arrived in this little neighborhood area and EVERYONE was outside their houses...and they all said there was an earthquake that was really strong and it shook their houses really good...I don´t even know...I have a disability to miss cool experiences. Oh yeah, *HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM*!!! And HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!!! 2011! WOW! Yesterday, we confirmed Jose Daniel a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love watching people find the truth for themselves. There´s some more good news too, We have two more baptisms this coming Sunday! Barbara is one of them, she is 12, and has been waiting for quite a while now to be baptized. She´s been waiting for her older brother Alvaro, who is 15, to get baptized too. He might get baptized this week, but it´s not likely. He is ready...but he´s just nervous or scared or something. Barbara finally said that she doesn´t want to wait for him anymore, she just wants to be baptized. I think her baptism is going to help him though. Also, Camila! She is 15. Me and Elder Chavez found her while knocking doors a little over a month ago. We started out teaching her mom, and then eventually found that she was the most interested out of her family. From the very start, she kept her commitments to read in the Book of Mormon. She ready 3 Nephi 11 first and really liked it. After that we helped her family move to a different part of Labranza. (aka, her dad throwing mattresses out of the upstairs window hoping that me and Elder Chavez would just...catch? them) It was fun :) Ha ha. After that, in their new house, we started teaching them about the church of Jesus Christ, and the restoration, and Camila really liked it and understood it. She loves the Book of Mormon. She has marked a lot of verses that she likes and has written questions that she has about it. We went to teach her once with a member, Tamara, who has been a member for just a year, and they became friends right then, and Camila came to church with her the first time and loved it. The next week she came to church on her own, early! It really is a miracle when an investigator from our sector, Labranza, comes to church on time or early, because it´s more than 20 minutes away by bus and people have all sorts of excuses. But she came, and loved it again. We finally invited her to be baptized and she was excited and accepted right away (another rare thing!) She asked if I would baptize her. Of course I will. It´s incredible what the gospel can do to people´s lives. Before we started teaching her, she was pretty worldly, and wasn´t very religious, but the gospel has become precious to her. That is my favorite thing ever! When the gospel changes people and becomes precious to them. Now I have to tell you about Beto! Beto is awesome. He´s about 40, and his wife and two kids are members. Me and Elder Chavez taught him and worked with him a lot, and he knew that getting baptized was the right thing, but he didn´t want to put a date on it. He had a little bit of fear or nervousness or something. He´s really honest, and doesn´t commit to anything that he´s not going to do. For a long time he wouldn´t commit to pray because he wasn´t going to do it. Eventually we commited them to start praying as a family every night. They actually did it, and have been praying every night since! Well, we visited him again last night, and taught him more, the spirit was there, and he finally commited to be baptized on the 22nd! Some of the scriptures we read with him were Alma 7:11-16, 3 Nephi 27:19-20, 1 Nephi 3:7. Since the spirit was there last night, he was able to really understand it. When the spirit is with you, you can learn so much more than you think you´re learning without it. I´m so excited for him. The best part was afterward, his wife, Daniela, started crying and thanked us for all of the work that we´ve done with him, and then bore her testimony. It was awesome! I love experiences like that. Speaking of experiences, I had a really really cool experience this week. I was on divisions with Elder Gomez, from Paraguay. He usually works in an area about 45 minutes away from us. So we finished teaching one lesson with some awesome investigators who I would tell you about if I had more time, and we started walking back towards our house to meet up with Elder Reeves and Elder Phillips eventually, but we still had some time, and we were thinking about who we should go visit, and in the middle of a street, with tons of houses, I stopped randomly and turned and went up to a random door and I said to him we should just knock on the last 7 or 8 doors of this street. So we knocked on the door and Carolina opened it and let us in right away! She is 22 and has ALL sorts of problems. She is searching seriously for a change in her life. She kept asking us, "what can I do?" We read with her some scriptures of comfort and invited her to read the Book of Mormon and promised her that it will help solve her problems and give her guidance in life. I also asked her why she let us in her door, and she said she doesn´t really know because she doesn´t let other missionaries in ever. She just had a feeling to let us in. :) We still haven´t found her home again yet, but I think she´s going to be home now that the New Year´s parties are over. She is a person who is prepared to hear the gospel, just like it says in the scriptures. There are people who are kept from the true because they know not where to find it. Tender Mercy- The Book of Mormon. If the Book of Mormon was a person, it would definitely be a missionary. We have us two missionaries who try to do our best teaching people about the gospel, but we can never do it by ourselves. When our investigators read the Book of Mormon, that is when they start knowing the church is true. No crazy bad man would write such an amazingly good book about Jesus Christ. OH YEAH, I almost forgot a major awesome thing that happened this week, Jose Daniel read the Book of Mormon in 3 days!!!!!!!!! Whooh. That´s all for now, hope to hear from you soon. I love you all. Elder Gomez ps- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.
-Pictures: Me and Jose Daniel just after his baptism and just after his confirmation
-The picture with a family is Iris (recent convert), Alvaro, who will be baptized soon we hope, Barbara, who will be baptized this weekend, Leo, their 5 year old son, and me and Elder Sanchez, from Nicaragua. -Me and the necklace that Camila gave me. She wants me to wear it to her baptism. -Me, right before I killed my companion, Elder Reeves, with a pig roaster. -Me and Elder Reeves eating with the Obreques, a really nice family who has fed us like 5 or six times over the last couple weeks. They are awesome and love the missionaries! -Me and Elder Reeves pointing at a possible baptismal spot to show to investigators.