Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Week 34 - Miracles happen in El Milagro!

Buenos Dias!


This was another amazing week here in El Milagro. This week we have had some pretty amazing experiences with an investigator named Diana Loyaga. She is 24 years old and is a very active member of an evangelical church in Trujillo where she is the equivalent of a primary teacher and was baptized about a year ago. Her boyfriend is a strong member of her church and she is quite comfortable where she is right now. Well although she is comfortable where she is right now, one day when we came knocking at her door looking for her older sister Ruth, who was not home, she decided to let us in anyway and listen to what we have to say. She from the start has been very energetic and very active in her learning process. Although at the start there were some very respectful disagreements about doctrinal points she was very excited to invite us back. Well after her first lesson she had her experience which I shared a couple of weeks ago about finding the Book of Mormon in her house, and well she just continues to have experience after experience. This week while joking with a friend on two separate occasions she said "if I see a Mormon I know this is true" , once while scrolling through Facebook and another while walking to work, and of course immediately finishing the word Mormon she sees missionaries. She has had so many answers to her prayers and signs that at this point she is just asking for something a little simpler. This past week we went to visit her on Saturday, and she had talked with her pastor who has given her the advise to not allow us to visit and to especially not pray to know if the things we share are true. Well we kindly explained how prayer is just a conversation with our Heavenly Father and that he will never lead her down the wrong path. With tears in her eyes she expressed how she is scared because she knows what we teach is true and she knows that we are authorized representatives of Christ. She is scared because she knows now she has to make the changes that from the beginning she had promised to be willing to make. Well to make things even better yesterday we gave her a tour of the chapel here in Milagro. We did not even make it past the Sacrament room before her eyes started welling up with tears. With her heart practically beating out of her chest she expressed how she had dreamed the night before that she was in the chapel dancing for joy although really she had never before entered. She is so ready and knows that what we share about Christ and his church is true and now she just has to begin to take the difficult steps to change her life. To make it even better she shared with us that the night before we visited her for the first time she had been praying for God to put something in her path that would help her change her life for the better and that she was willing to do whatever it takes to make that change happen. Well I think it is a little hard to have more obvious answers to one's prayers then Diana has had these past 3 weeks. She has a lot of opposition to begin to make these changes in her life, but when we find the truth we will always have Christ by our side when we try to follow it. I just pray that she is able to stand up against the opposition she is going to find with some of her friends and she can continue down on this path that she has started to find the truth that will bless her life eternally. 

Well on a slightly less spiritual note this week I decided to shave my head because I was tired of having bad haircuts. I was thinking maybe it will help to start from scratch. Well I officially feel like I am 13 all over again hahahaha. In addition this week to celebrate Elder Maddock's and my birthdays we as a district all went to Chili's and ate some oh so missed "mexican food". Some other happenings this week include a new kitten that is continually trying to enter our room at all hours of the day. He has been given the name Elder Vassito. We are hoping he might soon help us with our mouse friend Remy as well. We also were able to visit the temple this week with our zone which is always an amazing experience. 
Well this was an amazing week in El Milagro and we have some really exciting things coming up here in the near future. 
Love, 
Elder Vassau

p.s. Happiest of birthdays to my dearest brother Max Vassau who is officially turning 13 this year. WOW as of tomorrow our favorite little Max will be a big time teenager.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Week 33 - Brando Baptism!!!

Buenos Dias!



Yet another awesome week here in El Milagro. This week we had the baptism of our best bud and 14 year old neighbor, Brando Gallardo.  He is the cousin of our pensionista's kids and we met him a little over a month ago. He honestly wanted to get baptized after only 2 weeks but because of a few complications with him possibly moving away we had to post pone things until this weekend. He is so awesome and is going to grow up to be a great missionary one day. To make the service even better we invited our other neighbor, 16 year old Eduardo Castillo to perform the baptism and help out his new friend Brando.

It is really so much fun working with the young men here in El Milagro. It is not a huge group of boys who are active in the church but it so rewarding helping out the young men because not only can I see myself in them (I was there age not too long ago) but I also know how much the gospel can change their lives. I know how having fun activities always helped me while I was in young men’s so recently we have been working to try and have some fun activities for the young men members and friends in this area and on this subject... Young Men Missionary Movie night was born. On Friday, with 7 young men, about half members half friends, we all climbed into one tiny public van and went to the church to watch a short video of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to have a short lesson. It was so cool to see these young guys share their beliefs with their friends, all the while enjoying themselves with a nice little movie. Well sure enough the first thing they asked afterwards was when we can do it again so it looks like Young Men Missionary Movie Night is going to be a regular thing in these coming weeks.

This past week Elder Nuñez and I went to the Plaza de Armas to pick up a package his mom sent him from Argentina, and sure enough it was filled with Mate (the name of an argentine herb/tea and the special cup/straw that you use to drink it) and it is fair to say now I am addicted to my new mate he gifted me.


Well this has been another great week here in El Milagro and I think we will see a few more baptisms this month before Elder Nuñez heads off home.

Until next week!

Elder Jack Vassau





















Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 32 - Elder Nunez from Argentina, Diana the Teacher, A boy named Brando

Buenos Dias!!










Well this has been an absolutely awesome week here in El Milagro. This past Monday I said my goodbye to Elder Bedregal after 3 transfers together and have now sent him off in the hands of another really good friend of mine from my group Elder Peterson. I am now currently with Elder Nunez who is just awesome. He is 23 and from Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is awesome. He loves Rock music (we love all the same bands although we cannot listen to them right now) and studied Advertisement and Photography before his mission and has plans to study anthropology after his mission. He also loves to Juggle, spent the past 5 transfers in the mission office, and finishes his mission this transfer. Well to say the least we have had a great week. 

One particularly special lesson we had this week was with a 25 year old kindergarten teacher named Diana. We found Diana while we were actually trying to contact her older sister Ruth who missionaries had been teaching a couple years back but sure enough I do not think it was a coincidence that we found Diana. Elder Bedregal and I taught her just once about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she understood it perfectly. She understood that Jesus taught and established his church while he was here on the earth and that this same church, exactly as he organized it, we have in these latter days. As proof of this message of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ we have something called the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ. Well just like we do with many investigators who want to know if these things are true or not we invite them to read and pray to see if the Book of Mormon is truly a testament of Jesus Christ, and therefore with it, if in these days we have the authority and organization of the church of Jesus Christ. We invited her to pray but our luck we had just gifted our only Book of Mormons and so we could not give her one at that time. Well sure enough in the days following our visit with her she prayed and asked if these things were true she received an answer. Although she did feel the spirit while praying, she did not recognize her answer until moments after her prayer when she went out back to feed her dogs. She went out back to the storage shed and crouched down to give her dogs some food. As she stood back up there it was, sitting on the corner of the table right in front of her, an old copy of the Book of Mormon! I suppose missionaries had given it to her sisters years ago but how just in these moments it was all alone on the corner of the table right in front of her, unopened in years, only God knows. Sure enough she picked up the book and began to read, and after a quick visit with her this week she, with tears in her eyes, promised that when she knows that this book that God has put in her path is true, she will change her life and get baptized.  She was so excited about what God had put in her path that she even offered us a wonderful lunch afterwards which we had to regretfully decline. God clearly had a plan for Diana and it is just testament that when we ask with faith and with real intent we can see miracles, whether they big and obvious, or small and simple feelings, God will help us to find the truth. Milagro is awesome.

Well looks like Brando is going to get baptized this coming week here in El Milagro and there are a lot of truly amazing things happening in this area. This has been a truly amazing and miraculous week with Elder Nunez. We are seeing the growth of seeds planted in these past transfers and now with new invigorated energy and ideas I am sure the best is still yet to come.
Love,
Elder Vassau


Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 31 - A New Companion from Argentina!!!

Buenas Tardes!!!!n!!!!



This week is transfers... and there are a lot of transfers. It looks like I am going to be in Milagro for quite some time because Elder Bedregal today got transferred to Porvenir with a friend from my group, Elder Peterson, and today at 6 we are going to go pick up my companion Elder Nuñez. He is from Argentina and has just one transfer remaining in his mission. For the past 7.5 months (since I arrived in the mission) he has been the President´s assistant and now for his final transfer he will be with me here in El Milagro. It is going to be awesome. About the other missionaries here in El Milagro, Elder Maddock´s companion, Elder Zavalaga, finished his mission and he is now going to be training a brand new companion that we will meet tomorrow. Lots of changes throughout the mission and here in Milagro but I am super excited to get to work with Elder Nuñez. 

This week was our ward conference and so we had a lot of special activities this week including a talent show where missionaries of Milagro put on a little skit about the life of a missionary. It was pretty hilarious stuff. 

Sadly we were not able to have our baptism this week, because of some complications with Brando maybe moving to live with his mom but we did get to go to the Temple. As a ward, and with the other missionaries we attended the temple because some of our recent converts were attending the temple for the first time, so we too got to come along in the bus. It was awesome to visit the temple and show Franklin around for his first time and share that spiritual experience with him. 

This week we have been teaching a young lady named Alejandra who just accepted a baptismal invitation. We found Alejandra about 3 weeks ago when she attended church to make sure her grandma was safe. We introduced ourselves to her and chatted for a little, then she asked ´´sooooooo what is the purpose of this church´´. It seemed like a strange question at first but the more we thought about it the more we realized it was a valid question. Well while we thought of an answer during the week we realized the purpose of church is to prepare us and help us follow Jesus Christ so that one day when we are in front of our Heavenly Father we can be proud of the way we lived our lives. Going to church helps us not only learn about our Savior and remember why he is important but it also helps us to change our habits and change ourselves to follow his example. It is pretty awesome stuff. 

Well this was another great week here in El Milagro and this will be a great new week with my new companero who we are going to pick up tonight. 

Best Wishes!


Elder Jack Vassau





Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 30 - Preparing to say goodbye to several other Missionaries

Buenos Dias!!



This was another great week here in El Milagro. Last week we worked really hard to try and find lots of new investigators and to contact new people using the guidance of the spirit. We accomplished a goal of 20 new investigators and this week we have been working really hard to follow up with a lot of these investigators to see which of them the Lord has prepared to learn about and progress in his Gospel. Sure enough we have found a couple great investigators/referrals that the Lord has prepared. One of which is Brando Gallardo. He is the cousin of our pensionista's son and was a referral that we contacted last week. Brando is 14 and to say the least our Heavenly Father has been preparing this young man for quite some time to receive the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was so excited to learn about the Gospel and to accept the baptismal invitation for this coming Saturday. He began attending church and all church activities on his own after only one visit - Some serious desire to learn about his Heavenly Father and follow the example of Jesus Christ!    We have been teaching him just about every day in his uncle's carpentry shop and it turns out he has a stepbrother on a mission in Colombia... someone who was in the CCM with me!!!! It is crazy. On top of that here in Milagro there is only one active young man in the Teachers quorum (young men ages 14-15) and they have been working hard and praying that they can find new members for the quorum or reactivate some inactive young men, and sure enough, Brando is of teacher's quorum age. He is so excited for his baptism this week and is a definite answer to many prayers here in Milagro. 

On the slightly more P-day note, today is our zone wide Peruvian Parrillada (more or less a barbeque). There are a lot of Elders who are finishing their missions this coming week and it will be a bittersweet goodbye for a lot of them . 

Well another great week here in El Milagro and chances are this coming week either Elder Bedregal or I will be moving on to a new area. We will just have to wait and see. 

Until next week,

Elder Jack Vassau

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week 29 - Julian the 82 Year-Old Construction Worker

Buenos Dias!




Well happy 4th of July. What a special holiday, the day where the greatest country on earth declared independence Yet another awesome week here in El Milagro. Well this past week was just awesome. We found so many new people to teach and serve. This week. Including an 82 year old CONSTRUCTION WORKER named Julian who we helped move some dirt and a super enthusiastic young lady named Patricia. I think one of the highlights of this week though was getting to know a 62 year old retired Police officer and his wife Elvia. He is a retired police officer and our neighbor. For those who do not know our current living quarters are just about 2 blocks west of the state penitentiary and he just happened to have worked in this prison for a couple of years of his service. Boy did he have some crazy stories to tell... Well we were visiting with him and his wife and as we were explaining a little bit about what we teach as missionaries Elder Bedregal made the comment that as missionaries we are representatives of Jesus Christ. Felipe was in awe for a couple of seconds then turned to his wife and said (in Spanish of course) "God has clearly sent these two young men here for a reason. This week we are going to church with them and we need to be listening to what they have to say". It seemed a little humorous at first but as missionaries we have this privilege to represent Jesus Christ and it a serious privilege. However not only us as missionaries can be examples, Jesus himself taught while he was giving his sermon on the mount in Mathew that 

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We can all be examples of Jesus Christ and let our light shine if we try and do what he would do in any given situation. As we choose to follow the example of Jesus Christ other people see it. We are like a city on the hill that anyone can see and as long as we do the best we can to try and be like our savior Jesus Christ people are going to see our "good works" and remember and "glorify your Father which is in Heaven". Jesus Christ was the perfect example and in this life we can be examples to the world as well to help others to come unto Christ through our service and everyday actions. It is pretty awesome stuff.

Well on a slightly less spiritual note as a district this past Monday we went to an all you can eat Chinese buffet (Chifa) in downtown Peru called Eating House. Well to say the least we ate a lot of food and the owners of the restaurant spoke a nice mixture of English, Spanish, mandarin and who knows what else because we could not understand a thing they said. 
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Things are still going great here in El Milagro.

Love,
Elder Vassau


Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 28 - Wilson Flores and Game Night

Hola,



A great week here in El Milagro!  This week we put together a super fun missionary night activity in the church this week. It was basically all games and music. We planned a full night of games and each of us four Elders was in charge of two different games. We played charades, telephone, musical chairs, blindfolded bobbing for apples, blindfolded partner eating competitions, soccer with balloons, and we even brought a piñata. To make the night even better Bishop Escobar brought his son's DJ set and I kept every nice and entertained with some wonderful Disney music that I had (Thanks Tuck for the music). Well the night was lots of fun and it was a great way for us to bring the members and investigators together along with helping us to receive lots of new references to visit. 

This week we have been working a lot with an investigator named Wilson Flores. He is the husband of a returned missionary and they have two kids. He has never talked with the missionaries in all their time together and she has been inactive since starting to live together as well but recently, thanks to the invitation by their awesome 8 year old son Victor and his Grandma, we have started visiting them. Originally we started visiting Victor because he wants to get baptized, but we found his dad and mom and they have started listening as well. Well this week we visited Wilson with a couple from the ward that comes from a very similar situation (she is a returned missionary and he is a recently baptized convert). Well the lesson went super well and near the end of the lesson while we were explaining a little bit about the Book of Mormon Wilson interrupted us and said "What can I do to believe in this book".  He has seen how his oldest son who is about 20 and many others in his life have completely changed after meeting the missionaries and beginning to read the Book of Mormon and learn about this message of Christ. Basically he wants to know if this is all true or not so that he as well can make this change for the better. We were a little shocked at first but we went on to explain how we get answers to our questions. In the book of James in the Bible it says that "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him". We explained that whenever we have a question (lack of wisdom) all we have to do is ask God (pray) and he will answer our prayer.  In whatever moment we have the privilege to ask God anything we need. We can receive help or answers to any need or questions we have if we just humble ourselves enough to prayer, ask for guidance, and afterwards get to work. We always, after asking for help, have to do all we can to help ourselves, and after all we can do is when God answers our prayers and helps us with the rest. In this case Wilson now just needs to read and pray and if he puts in the time, God will respond to his question. 

God loves us and wants us to be on the correct path. He wants to help us with our challenges because he loves us, but he loves us so much that he allows us to work to solve our problems so that we can learn. It is pretty awesome stuff. 
Well all is still well here in El Milagro. 

Sincerely,
Elder Vassau




Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 27 - English Classes



Another great week here in El Milagro. This week I had the opportunity to do an interchange of companions for a day this friday with my other gringo buddy here in El Milagro, Elder Maddocks. Two white americans proselyting here is always a funny thing to see. Almost even funnier than two white guys walking around Milagro was the spelling bee we held in our english class this saturday. Once again I think it comes down to poor teachers, but the spelling bee was sooooooo difficult. Simple english words are so hard to spell if you are not used to the sounds. 

This week we have also had the wonderful new opportunity to eat lunch Saturdays and Sundays with members which until recently was prohibited. So far it has been so much fun trying out everyones different cooking and to hear lots of stories. What has really stood out to me were the many conversion stories that we have heard in our coule of lunch appointments we have had. So many of the members here have sacrificed so much in their lives to find Christ and to serve their neighbors here in El Milagro. It just made me think about what we are personally willing to do to serve and sacrifice for our savior Jesus Christ who was the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. 

Well another great week here in El Milagro

Love,
Elder Vassau


Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 26 - The Carpenter and Shop Cleanup

Buenos Dias!




This week was another great week here in el Milagro. This week it is safe to say that I really learned part of the meaning "What would Jesus do". When Jesus was a young man growing up... he probably worked in Joseph's carpentry shop... which means every once in a while I am sure Joseph, as any earthly father would do, made Jesus clean the shop... and that is exactly what we did this week as a district service project, We cleaned up a carpentry shop. Exactly more or less maybe something that Jesus would have done when he was a young man working in Joseph's carpentry shop. Maybe. Ok, it is a little bit of a stretch but well it was a great service project. I forgot to take the before picture but just image about 2-3 feet worth of sawdust just about everywhere and piles and piles of unorganized wood, basically that is what we were dealing with. 

Well this week we have been planning our big noche blanca of baptisms for this coming week, but it looks like the investigators from our half of Milagro are not quite ready just yet so we are going to have to postpone it a little bit.  A little disappointing, but if it is not our Heavenly Father's will that they get baptized this week then it is not his will. God has a plan for every one of his children. He prepares many in their own time to receive the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, but we all still have our agency to choose. Therefore we are still super excited here in Milagro that the Lord is still preparing these people and please keep them in your prayers. WOOOOOOH MISSIONARY WORK.  

On another note, Elder Maddocks and I are still doing our English classes every Saturday night and they are so much fun. So far we have covered going to the grocery store, body parts,emotions, and many other themes. This week we taught how to give basic directions such as "go straight" or "turn right" followed by a game where participants had to guide their blindfolded companion through a very basic obstacle course. It was a ton of fun but the game was almost a complete disaster with no one being able to give directions but oh well. I guess one should blame the teachers not the students. In this case I think failure to be able to follow directions was probably because of poor teaching  but on occasions it is due to the fact that the students are not listening to their teacher. When students do not listen to a teacher they get lost because they do not know what to do... basically they missed the directions. Well in life we as heavenly father's children have the same problem. When we do not listen to the guidance of our Heavenly father through the Holy Ghost, scriptures, and latter day church leaders, it is as if we are not paying attention in class, and when we do not pay attention in class is when we get lost. We need to always pay attention to the direction and instruction of our heavenly father so that we can always know exactly what to and if we do that and follow his instructions we will never be spiritually lost. 

This week we also had our La Esperanza stake conference so it was lots of fun seeing my friends from Jordan and some of my converts including Jerrado who is still doing fantastic. 
Well this is going to be another great week here in el Milagro and until next time. 

Sincerely,

Elder Vassau


Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 25 - Belisario, car racing, and June 24th preparations!

Biuenos Dias!!!!!

(OK - I wasn't really with Tucker at his wedding but at least they were thinking of me )


Another awesome week here in el Milagro, and to make it that much better, all four of us missionaries here in El Milagro survived transfers and we will all be staying at least one more transfer here!  

This week we have been working hard to contact some of the referrals we had from our Capilla Abierta (Open House Tour) last week. We were able to contact a couple of people who are interested but one in particular was really cool. His name is Belisario. He is in his late 50s/early 60s and is basically retired. What he now devotes most of his time to is racing rally cars. He was telling us all about some of his races here in Peru and how one day he wants to make it to the U.S.A. to have the chance to test out the pavement there which apparently is "Legendary". I guess nice paved roads are something you take for granted until you are trying to race cars. Well he is super cool and he is also super excited to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was really surprised when we were explaining to him exactly what missionaries do and how we sacrifice two years of our lives to serve our Heavenly Father. What really impressed him was that two young men are taking the time in their life to slow down and focus on some things that are really important, service and our Heavenly Father. Talking in terms of racing cars and in terms of life Belisario explain that in this life, a lot of things happen at a really fast pace and often because of all the fast paced exciting distractions we do not take time to slow down and focus on the things that really matter. Things such as our families and our Heavenly Father, two areas of his life that he knows the Gospel of Jesus Christ will help him refocus on. 

When we learn of Christ we begin to remember what actually matters in this life. Although there is time for other things as well, we always need to take time to remember and focus on the things that really matter and that really bring eternal happiness to us here on Earth and in the life to come. Belisario is awesome and I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will help him focus on what really matters in this life, with maybe a little bit of extra time for him to race cars as well.  

Well big things are happening here in El Milagro. Yoland Rodriguez, Rosabel Aranda, and Paolo Carrera all have baptismal dates for the 24th of June as well as 6 other people from the missionaries in the other half of Milagro. That means we are going to have a possibility of having 9 baptisms on the 24th of June. That is a lot of people that are making the decision to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is awesome! We just need a little bit of help so please keep this date the 24th of June in your prayers so that we can help all of these people prepare for this date. It really is a privilege to help people to come unto Christ as a missionary. 

In other news my big brother Tucker got married to Caitlin this past week. Big congratulations guys! Love you both so much and I am super excited to have a sister in the family. I guess it was about time that a sister came into the picture to mix things up with these 4 brothers. You guys are awesome and meant to be!

Things are still going great here in El Milagro and looks like I am going to be here in El Milagro with Elder Bedregal for at least another 6 weeks and maybe more.  Only the Lord knows J  Well until next week. 

Also,  today I completed my goal for the past two transfers to read the Book of Mormon in Spanish. WOOOOOOOOOOH. The Book of Mormon is another set of scriptures that we use side by side with the bible. Basically it is another testament that talks of Jesus Christ but from the perspective of prophets here in the Americas instead of the Middle East. Here are two scriptures that really stood out to me this morning during my power reading. Both of which talk about what we are capable of if we have faith and come unto Christ. 

Ether 12:27
27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humblethemselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weakthings become strong unto them.

Moroni 10:23
23 And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me.

Love,
Elder Vassau



Monday, May 29, 2017

Week 24 - Franklin Villa Baptism & A Dream

Happy Memorial Day!

Franklin at his Baptism!!!

The Peruvian "workhorse"
Look what is in the window - Chickens
A funeral with people carrying the casket to a Church


Well this has been another fantastic week here in El Milagro. This week we had the grand privilege of helping Franklin Villa get baptised. We had a nice baptismal service for him this Saturday with a few members and some of his friends from the ward. He is awesome and so much fun. Being the mean people that we are we had him convinced that in order to be baptised he would have to hold his breath for 5 minutes under the water 😏😰 It was pretty funny when he realized it took about a whole 2 seconds to be immersed in the water. To get back at me for our little prank, as I was saying his name to perform the ordinance he tried to distract me by saying his name at the same time and correcting me. Well sure enough I got a little distracted and had to repeat his full name about 5 times... 😁. It was a pretty funny situation but atleast I was glad that he was excited and was enjoying his baptism and covenant he was making with our Heavenly Father.

This week we have also been teaching the sister of Gloria Rodriguez named Yolanda. She lives with Gloria and she has had so many missionaries in her life and in her house but because of her work she was never previously able to listen to the missionaries or attend church. Well that all changed this week because she recently changed work, began listening to us, and attended church for the first time yesterday! It is awesome. She also accepted a baptismal date and shared with us a dream she had. Her sister is a member of the church and her father was also before he passed away. She recently had a dream where she was talking with her father and he said, "Well Yolanda... your sister and I are baptized now but I am still waiting for you".To be completely honest I am not a big believer in dreams because most of the time they are pretty random, but for Yolanda this was an  obvious answer that she should be baptised so that she can enjoy the blessings of eternity with her family forever after this life. It truly is a wonderful privilege and opportunity we have here to live with our families for eternity.

Well this has been an awesome week here in El Milagro. Shoutout to my little brother Stewart and the Mercer Island lacrosse team for making it to the state championship. Next year you will get it. Also shoutout to Tucker and Caitlin who are going to get married in just about 12 days... aaaaaaaahhhhhhh.

Until next week.

Love,

Elder Vassau