January 18, 2013
Hola!! Hey thanks for the weather forecast Dad - I liked it a little better this week - you should just send me that one every week so I feel better, haha. That should be fun going to the Draper Temple and stuff. One of the kids that is in the office with me lives right by the temple, and says it is pretty sweet, so that should be cool! Landon is probably gettin to be quite the stud in hockey. That would be pretty sweet to watch too! The new office is on the street Gorbea with Republica. En Santiago Centro. Not sure the number of the building, but you should be able to find it with that! This week has been a pretty interesting week! We found 3 of the 4 apartments that we need right now, then we will get one more later on. But kinda had a cool experience with the three that we got though. Me and my comp worked super hard to find them - there is hardly anything there right now. Everything is chuck full, but we finally found a couple but the next hard part was the realtors we had to deal with. One wasn't too bad but two had had bad experiences doing business with the Church before. So they were pretty skeptical in renting to us. But we convinced them everything was good, got all the contracts ready and stuff, and in the office, money only comes Fridays and you have to ask at least 2 days before and President approves it and sends it to Salt Lake. Anyway, we sent it in but the finance guy forgot to get it approved and signed by President. And the realtors were expecting the money in cash Friday, so Thursday the finance guy told us the money didn't get approved and we weren't gonna have it tell the next Friday. We were pretty bummed out about it cause we had put so much work into it. So me and my comp decided to pray and to ask that everything would turn out alright. We called the realtors and told them what was going on and the two said we would have to drop the contracts if we did not have the money. One said if we could come up with 100,000 pesos (200 dollars) he would let us keep the apartment and we could pay him the rest the next Friday. So me and my comp went to the ATM and took out every peso we had on our debit cards from the Church - turns out we had exactly 200 dollars. I had 42 pesos left over - about 8 cents, and he had 400 pesos - about 80 cents. So we paid the guy and told the other one we were just gonna have to drop it. That was Thursday evening when that happened. And the next morning, Friday, I got a call at 8 o'clock from the finance guy, Elder Lewis, one of the senior guys. I answered the phone and he started yelling Moser! Moser!! We got the money! President never approved it but somehow the 4 thousand dollars we had asked for had come through. He had felt pretty bad about forgetting and loosing the apartments, so he was a pretty happy man that morning. So we called up the realtors and the said it was fine and we could keep that apartments and stuff. Just a pretty cool miracle that happened for us. We went back to look and President never approved the money but for some reason it had come through. God just knew we needed those apartments pretty bad I guess! Just helped me learn God is always watching out for us, and if we try our best he will do the rest! It has been different in the office cause I haven't had a lot of spiritual experiences teaching people and stuff, but I have definitely seen the Lords hand in the work. It has been fun seeing that from a different perspective. It has taught me to just trust in the Lord a lot. He knows what is going on! :)
Tonight our investigator, Abraham, is gonna have his baptism interview so we are pretty excited for that. That guy is crazy. Never even heard of an investigator that good before, haha. He calls us to plan the lessons, he is just finishing the Book of Mormon, and has read most of the Gospel Principles book, and he pretty much taught us all the commandments cause he looked them up and read about them on the church website, haha. He is a pretty cool guy - gonna be a big help for this ward I think. It has been pretty weak lately - think he can be a spark to get them going again hopefully! So hopefully everything goes good and we are planning a baptism for next week!
I like the poem about the temple thing Dad pretty good idea! This morning I was reading a book that has all the stories told by President Monson and there was one about the Guatemalan saints coming clear from Guatemala up through Mexico to make it to the Mesa Temple cause that was the closest one, and just all the sacrifice they made to get to the temple. Pretty much starving to death when they got there. But they knew the importance of it. We are gonna be pretty stinking lucky to have the temple that close to home - I hope we don't make too many excuses not to go!
Well I've got to get going, but I hope everyone is doing ok! Thanks for the letters and everything! I miss and love you all! Have a great week this week!