I now have a new companion! His name is Elder Loria from Costa Rica. He has one year in the mission and is a great missionary. This week has been a bit sad just because now we're only two instead of four here in San Juan. It's a lot more quiet, and there's a lot less laughter happening, but I'm still enjoying it here. The Christmas Season has sure kicked in! Yesterday there was a big parade, and there are always people lighting fireworks. And I mean always.
The missionary manual says that holidays are great times to work and find people because more people are at home, but that's really only for the states. Here, nobody's home on holidays. If they are, they're with their whole family in a party and don't want to talk. We went to San Pedro to work yesterday, but it was basically a ghost town because everyone was in San Juan for the parade. Holidays are rough here.
This week has been up and down but Elder Loria really wants to focus on working with members, and I think once we get everything planned out well, things are gonna start falling into place. We have some really pílas (really awesome) investigators that can easily commit to baptism within the next week.
The Lord truly prepares people to accept the Gospel, and our job as missionaries, and more as members is to find them. As missionaries we can knock doors all day and maybe we'll find a few, but really it all comes down to you guys; the members. I have talked with many missionaries here, and most of them have never baptized someone who they contacted through proselytizing. The successful conversions come through the members. They are your friends, your family members, the ones that have been placed in your path so you can be an instrument in the Lord's hands to bring them into His fold. You don't have to do everything; that's where we come in. You share what you know with them, then invite them to talk with the missionaries. We can teach them exactly what they need to know, and you guys support them and help them feel welcomed and loved. The field is great, but the laborers are few. The Lord needs every single one of us out there working to prepare it for the harvest. Let's get to work. I love you all so much and I thank you all for your support.
Til next time!
Elder Benjamin Jackson