HELLO, FAMILY AND FRIENDS!! First of all, shout-out to TMC (Elder Macpherson) He just got to Nicaragua. The dude is going to kill it there!
Monday: after P-day, we were able to go over to the house of Fam Trujillo and talk to them for the first time in forever, which was awesome! They love everything from America, especially football haha. They're like the only family here in Ecuador that like real football, but other than that, just knocked some doors.
Tuesday: We have been teaching this new investigator who is a Pastor in another church. We taught him about the Restoration and how we have a Prophet living today. After all this, he told us our church is the true church but that he doesn't want to get baptized or come to church, so that was pretty interesting. After doing some other things, we went to have family night with one of the families that we are teaching, along with some members, and it was unreal. Both of the families are amazing, and the Spirit was so strong. I'm hoping this will be able to help them be baptized.
Wednesday: Today we were able to teach another Pastor, and he just went off about everything, about prophets and all of this stuff. It was honestly so funny. He had no idea what he was talking about. But we just sat there and tried to make him feel good about himself. Afterwards, we were able to teach a family that we haven't taught in forever. They are doing awesome and want to be baptized. They just don't want to come to church. It's so frustrating that they want these things but just won't do them. But, I'm hoping with time, they will start coming to church!
Thursday: Today I was able to give my first District Meeting as the District Leader. Honestly, I was so nervous to do it, but I planned forever just so that I could know what to say and the Lord blessed me. The Zone Leaders were there and telling me they were really impressed. It was such a good feeling to get that out of the way. After that, one of the Elders, Elder Campbell, came with Elder Ton and me to Cayambe because his comp had to go to Quito for the day. It was honestly so good to be with him. He is such an awesome guy. But today, we had to drop an investigator that we have been teaching for a really long time because he just doesn't want to come to church. He believes in the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, but just doesn't want to come to church. It was honestly so sad to see him not be able to enjoy these blessings that the church can bring. After that, we went to teach Hermana Mischell and get her ready for her baptism, which was awesome to see how much she has progressed. I hope her example can help with her brothers so that they can, also, be baptized.
Friday: Today we got up early and just contacted for awhile because we haven't been able to find a lot of new investigators this week, and we were able to find some, which was so cool. But other than that, we had the baptism of Hna. Mischell, which was amazing! I was able to do the baptism, which was an unreal experience! Afterwards, she bore her testimony and started crying. I almost did, too! Oh, my, it was unbelievable!
Sunday: Today was the confirmation of Mischell, and it was so strong again. She's honestly so cool! We, also, had Vivianna come to church, which was awesome. Afterwards, we only had one lesson and looked for others that weren't there. That was fun (haha). Just a whole bunch of walking.
Monday: Today we were able to go to Quilotoa Lake, and it was so cool. (Pictures below) Love, Elder Copeland