We got the transfer call last night and I’m staying in Guayanilla with the same companion Elder Merrell. We will have 6 months together as companions! He is pretty cool and we are working hard. President said we are destroying here together so I think thats why we stayed. We have a possibility to have 4 or 5 baptisms this transfer so I’m pumped. Elder Morales thats from Guatemala is leaving to Salinas. I will miss him. We got to be super good friends. After the mission he is coming to Utah with me "to find snow bunnies" … he says this in his terrible english accent - its hilarious.
Alfonso came to church again last Sunday and seems like with his progress he can be baptized this transfer. We are going to teach him this week about Joseph Smith and help him gain his own testimony. When you know that he was a Prophet of God everything else just falls into place. He will know then that the Church has been Restored.
Ramon is studying the Book of Mormon like crazy. I have never seen someone here study the book like he does. He is understanding lots of things in the book and he said its easier to understand than the Bible. He said he believes the Book of Mormon is holy scripture. We just need to get him to come to church.
Daisy wasn’t really progressing at first but now she is. We gave her a Restoration pamphlet and then when we came back she had written a full page report on everything she learned for us. We didn’t ask her to do that so it shocked us. She said that she wants to keep following this path that she is learning and she doesn’t even care what her family thinks. We are going to try and set a baptismal date with her this week.
Andres - we met yesterday in the church. A member brought him with her and introduced him to us. Andres said he loved the church so much. He said he has been to a lot of churches but none of them made him feel more accepted than when he visited yesterday. He learned a lot about ordinances and covenants like baptism yesterday and he said that he wants to prepare for it. We are going to his house this Friday and he said he is going to come to church again this week.
I read this talk last week that was just awesome! Its called "Why 1820" by Hyrum W. Smith. It really explains what happened in the Apostasy with a time table of events to help us understand and to show that there really was an apostasy and that the church that Jesus established really did fall. Then it talks about how the year 1820 was the most perfect time to have the restoration of the same church Jesus established. Read this - it is pretty cool.
Hope all is good back home. Let me know whats up!
Elder Cody Anderson
Puerto Rico San Juan Mission