This week was a roller coaster of emotions. From watching others wind down on their missions, to new gringos struggling to still learn Spanish! Picking up on the conversations in the bus is fun! Especially when I play it off like I have no idea what I’m doing, so they feel that they can talk about me right next to me, or right in front of me! But I’ve learned to pick up a lot more of the slang now, especially with the teens, so it’s all starting to come together! I can pick up on the conversations people are having on the bus, and almost every time I hear something about two gringos, and I know who and what they are asking about!

This last P-day we got to play soccer against another zone, and I was playing goalie again! It turned out to be fun, but blocking a soccer ball compared to a puck are two very different sports! Diving and guessing is how you play soccer, but precise and relatively short stretches is how you play hockey! Overall, I consider us the winners of that game!

This week we also had a musical performance with the same zone! We performed a musical missionary show where we got all dressed up nice, and sang a bunch of church songs in front of an audience. The Spirit was really strong, and it was great to have our investigator there!

Our zone after the missionary musical performance.

Our zone after the missionary musical performance.

Our main investigator, Judith, is a very bright 16 year old who knows a little bit of English! She wears braces and knows the lyrics to a lot of the popular songs in English. We had this experience with her a few weeks back where we felt impressed to finish our lesson with a prayer on our knees. As we got down to our knees, we felt the impression to have our own personal prayer right after we said amen to the first prayer. So we followed the Spirit, and as we finished the first out loud prayer, we sat there all with our arms folded and our heads bowed we waited for a confirmation from the Spirit. It was so strong for all of us, and especially to Judith! (She even tried just praying on her knees at home to see if she received the same impression, but she didn’t. I feel she thought it could be explained because she was on her knees so that’s why she felt that way, but as we all know, it was the Spirit!) She has a baptism date for the end of this week! Her biggest concern was her father, who doesn’t support any religions outside of the Catholic church. She faced many trials as the time came to speak with her father, but we promised her and she kept the promises! So her dad said yes, and as we speak we are planning the baptismal service! Cool fact! Her birthday is the same as Joseph Smith!

Even though she doesn’t live in the zone that we live in, she comes to her friend’s home just so we can teach her! She will count for a baptism in another ward, but due to the circumstances, she is attending, and will continue to attend our branch. Not a baptism for us, but definitely a baptism for God!

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean from here in Ilo.

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean from here in Ilo.

Hope all is well at home, and God speed.

Elder McPherson

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