How are you? Im fine. Things are great here. Luckily we didnt feel any shaking physically at least, emotionally, I think so, at least in the mission. There are some chileano elders that have missing family members, but thats the worst I have heard. One elder in the zone said that his family has seen lots of fallen buildings. This is probably the first time in my mission that I actually watched t.v. Its bad I know, but for about five or ten minutes at a members house we saw some footage of the actual quake and the aftermath. Very, very crazy. It turned into a really spiritual lesson about following the profet and being prepared and stuff. We have shared a lot about 2 Nephi 2:11 and alma 34:32. Opposition and being up to date on the repentance. Stuff like that. I thought that maybe we would get into some new houses with all this, but it seems like a disaster like this make people even less receptive because they cant bring themselves to believe in a God that would allow so much suffering. Im so grateful to understand just a little bit about the eternal perspective of things.
It has been a little cooler here, not so much rain, but every once in a while we have a 3 or 4 day cool streak, but the heat comes right back. Summer is on its way out. I am in the south western part of the city of Rosario. This is the biggest city Ive ever lived in.
This week has been pretty good. We found out that a law here in argentina changed. The marriage age used to be 21. You had to have both signatures from your parents to get married earlier. Just a little insight to the culture here, couples usually just move in together. Marriage used to be something really difficult, and to avoid the headache, they just got juntado. Now its getting a little easier. The age just recently changed to 18! That is incredibly good news for one couple that we are teaching. He is like 23 but she is 20. They were planning on waiting until November to get married so that he could be baptized (she is already a member) but they went and checked things out and will probably be getting married in the next four weeks! Wooo hooo! We also have another couple that is going to get married in the next few weeks. We are teaching the kids of some recent converts, but they are being kind of rebellious, so we are gonna keep workin with them. Other than that, the usual family finishing with little kids. There are so many people that are prepared, they just have to realize it! They also have to go to church! Thats the problem right now Me and my comp just keep laughing and havin a great time. We are going to focus on the YM in the ward. They are all really cool and want to go on missions, so we are going to start doing divisions and stuff like that. Its gonna be way cool. Im pretty excited.
Anyway, as always, I am praying for you. For those of you that are having a tough time right now, just ask jake to tell you the story about the little engine that could, that will animate you to overcome any difficulty in life. I often reflect upon that story and it motivates me to keep on chuggin. (that was specifically for annika).
Anyway, I do love you all a whole bunch and hope everything is going great. Ill be praying that the cascadia subduction zone doesnt slip or that yellow stone doesnt explode, because if that happens, Im pretty sure the earth will roll up like a scroll and the earth will sway back and forth like a drunken man and the stars will fall from the heavens, then you know what comes next. Maybe I should re think that.maybe I should pray for all that to happen. Ill think about that one.
Anyway, I know that this is the true church and that as we apply the prophets counsel, we will be blessed. The Lords times are different than ours and he sees a lot further into the future than we do. How blessed we are to have a Father that will always do what is best for us.