Sunday, October 4, 2015

Turriabla, Cartago, Costa Rica 9.28.15

Dear Family,

This week has been pretty tough for me. Just a lot of learning and eternal progression stuff. We have a great month of baptisms coming up and this Sunday we had a big scare that people weren't going to come to church. Others haven't been answering their phones or returning calls. So we have been a little on edge. But, everything seems to be ok now that we have been able to contact them all again.
Well, this is going to be an interesting conference don't ya think? 3 Apostles are going to be called. I'm placing my money on Elder Tad R Calister, Chad Wilkenson, and Michael A Neider. But who knows? Anything can happen. Btw, what has Uncle Mike been doing since his release as a Mission President? It just dawned on me that I have no idea what he has done for a living. haha oops.
Tomorrow we will be going to the temple as a zone. I love the temple with all my heart. I'll have the opportunity to go regularly as I'm finishing my last 2 transfers here with sealings, zone trips, and the last visit in December. It's crazy how fast this is coming to an end. I don't like it haha but there is a time and a season for everything right?
I don't have much to report on other than that. It's been a pretty normal week. I'll end with a quick experience.
This is a man here named Hector. He is 66 years old and is originally from Limon Costa Rica. This is the zone where everyone is black and speaks a pigeon english called Patwah. But he is a small white Costa Rican... so imagine how he talks. When we came to his house the first time, he had his walls lined with pornagraphic material and photos of Jesus as a baby. haha it was kinda of a weird like, "I guess you can serve God and Mammon" thing.
We have been teaching him for a little bit and we invited him to church. The next visit we decided to invite him to remove the porn and replace them with pictures of Christ. He said he used the magazines to cover holes in his walls. So we left him a bunch of pamphlets with photos. When we came back, he had gotten rid of most of the porn and his walls are literally lined with the words and photos of the pamphlets. He said, " I couldn't get rid of all the girls I have because you didn't leave me with enough photos to cover up those walls. Sorry elders. I tried though." We laughed together and gave him a pat on the back. He really likes the changes that he is making in his life.
Yesterday he left his house at 8 to come to church. But forgot the way to the church. He eventually showed up at 9:47. "Listen gringo. I didn't break my promise. I left at 8 to get here on time but I couldn't find it. Not my fault" haha he is very sincere about coming unto Christ.
Anyways that's my experience for today. I hope you all enjoyed. I'll talk to ya next week.

Sigamos Adelante
-Elder Neider

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