How the heck are ya'll doin?!!!! Doing great here in San Vicente. This week I have officially been here 8 months.....that is a lot of time! I am happy and healthy and loving it though but I think I'll be transferred to another area and companion on Monday! We'll see! Part of me wants to go and part of me wants to stay! Either way I am content. This last week has been a whirlwind of preparation for going to the Temple open house in Buenos Aires! We are so excited to go and see everything inside and outside and really feel the spirit there. It is a deeply spiritual experience being there. I am so Excited! WE ARE GOING TODAY!!!!! Can't wait to write you all next week and tell you how it went.
This week it rained every single day literally all day. Actually it has been raining for three weeks non-stop! It finally stopped and the sun came out yesterday! Thank goodness! I wasn't sure how much more I could take! Today is back to overcast again though. Que bajon! Yup, I just talked with you all about the weather. That is a sure sign of no new exciting news.
We are just working hard and teaching lots and learning lots every dayy. I think one of the bigger news flashes could be that we have a huge hole in the middle of our bedroom floor that is about a foot deep. Right through the tile and concrete floor. That is a story for another day though. Ask me in a year when I get home. Don't worry. Everything is completely under control....at least that is what they tell us.
We were teaching a lesson this week to one of our favorite investigators. We call her Nona, which means basically Granny in Castellano. She is a sweet 82 year old women that has been investigating the church for 20 years and is going to get baptized this coming Sunday. She was praying and said so honestly, "Dear God, thank you for blessing me with a beautiful family that has been so patient with me and helped me arrive to this day that I can be baptized. I've been waiting a long time." It made me think about the story of the Laborers in the vineyard and the talk by Elder Holland. The story is that a Farmer hired on at the beginning of the day laborers in his vineyard. They took the work which was very difficult to find in that day and worked all the day long for a specific salary. The farmer came back at mid day and hired more workers. Then a third time a few hours later, and then at the last hour came back and hired more on to work. When the day came to a close, all were gathered in and paid the same. The laborers that had worked all the day long got angry with the master of the vineyard for having worked so much more but getting paid the same as the rest. The Elder Holland makes the point clear of this parable. It does not matter the hour at which one arrives to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. All are received and all receive their recompense which is all that the father has. What matters is not the hour or condition in which you arrive, but that you get there and you work your hardest until the end! This sweet 82 year old women matters just as much to God as the new born baby that is born into the gospel. God loves them all. They are all his children and he want all of them to arrive and live with him! Then Elder Holland makes the challenge. Those who have made covenants, keep them. Those who have made covenants and broken them, repent and fix them. And those who have not yet made covenants with God, dig deep, humble yourselves and make them. It does not matter the hour in which you arrive, but it does matter that you arrive in the end! Arrive, and then be firm from that moment on!
I love you all and pray for you and work hard to arrive and be firm. I'm not perfect but I sure do my best and I know that if I stay firm, God will make up the rest.
Elder Cam Anderson