Mi querida familia,
I just feel so much love for you all today. I don't know why, probably because I love you all so much! This morning I woke up and just haven't been able to stop thinking about all you and hoping you are all doing alright. I'm sorry to hear about the water heater, I never have to worry about stuff like that seeing as we don't have one haha. Tell Reagan I love her so much, I hope she enjoys herself at EFY.
Yesterday, we were in the office after church, and Pres Silva and the Young Woman's president were talking about which youth are going to the youth conference this coming month. They had a list of 11 from our branch, some members and non-members. They were doublechecking the names and mentioned that Horacio, a youth who doesn't really get along with everyone in church, wasn't going anymore because he was going somewhere else that week. He lives right at the bottom of the hill where the church is. After the meeting, we walked down and I felt the need to stop by. We asked Horacio why he wasn't going, and he told us the truth is that he doesn't have the money to go (they have to pay for it here), and its $300 pesos. I thought it was a bit dumb not to go for $300, but I talked with his mom, and we came to an agreement. Well I still have that suitcase that Dad sent me, so Horacio is going to get a key made for it, and sell it. They didn't want to accept it at first, but then I explained how I was just going to give it away or leave it in the missionaries home, they did. So thanks for the suitcase Dad! (But don't send anymore haha) Horacio is going to EFY now, too!
This week has been a bit of a bummer to be completely honest. Working working and more working. Elder Williams and I went on the buses contacting people from Tlacuilolapa to Cuichapa to see if we could find any new investigators on Saturday. It was a great experience, we taught lesson One in 5 minutes to the whole bus while standing at the front, and then went down the aisles offering cards, pamphlets, Books of Mormon, and asking if we could teach them in their homes. We counted and contacted about 150 people that day, and got 5 peoples' directions (addresses). We were talking to Elder Pack about it on the phone, and he said "Well thats not effective then, way to go!" and I got a bit bummed, but then Elder Cottrel took the phone from him and told us(well, in Spanish) "If I contact 200 people and find only one chosen person to teach, I would be content with it." So Elder Williams and I are going to go look for all 5 of these people.
It seems like its always a big fight here in Cuichapa, but I'm sure it will change. There are a lot of people who we teach who are changing, they just don't change as fast as we'd like them to. That is, they don't progress. Also, the branch is always a little tipsy. So we put some realistic goals with Pres Silva yesterday to help them out. We are now 100% willing to help the ward with whatever it may be. I've never really liked the idea of being a home-teacher on the mission, but we told the members that if they want help we are willing to help them all. Also, I told Pres that we're going to reorganize the whole office this week, he's pretty tipsy about it. But I can't wait, the disorder gets me crazy.
I really do hope you are all doing so well. I wish I could have more time to write you all and tell you how much I love you and miss you, and appreciate your influences in my life. But let this be enough please. I am trying to put everything we possibly can into helping these people. I love you all. Don't you ever forget. I am so grateful for my family, especially my parents. I have the best Dad and Mom in the world. I love you both to death and would do anything for our family.
Love, Elder Knight