Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple

Cochabamba, Bolivia Temple

Monday, April 25, 2016


Unlike other weeks, I actually have an idea of what to write about. And no, it's not because I wrote out a letter before hand, but because something interesting happened this week. Or least for the first part of the week. The rest of the week was kind of dull (except for Saturday) so the begining and end will be the most exciting parts. Not that I'm entirely sure anyone actually reads the middle part anyway. It only serves to make the letter look longer and make it seem like my life is a bit more interesting. Usually. At least that's the purpose for this letter.
Anyway, last Monday we were reminded that we were going to have a super conference with the ex-mission president Elder Calderon (now area 70) on Tuesday. Because of the greatness of the conference, the missionaries stationed in the cities of Riberalta and Guayaramarin (the part super north of Bolivia) had to fly down to Trinidad to be present. I assume becaue there wasn't time for Elder Calderon to fly out another day, but not entirely sure why. Anyway, in total there were 33 missionaries that arrived in Trinidad Monday afternoon. So, we had a giant missionary activity in the little time remaining for our P-day, which basically consisted of games and food (the most important things). Then, so the visiters wern't left with nothing to do, we had to figure something out.
The answer that the ZL found was to take one missionary from Trinidad and give them a companionship from the other zones to work for the night, effectively doubling the work force in Trinidad for about 3 hours. To make it a little more clear, E' Quiroga was given 2 Elders from Riberalta and was sent off in trio to proselyte, and then I was given 2 Elders and then sent off to proselyte. 56 missionaries wandering the streets of Trinidad gives a whole new meaning to flooding the earth with missionaries. And, for those wondering, the 2 others with me were E' Gunderson (my comp from the CCM) and E' Quispe (my comp in El Dorado). We made sure to enjoy the time.
So, after the Monday night excitement, Tuesday we had the conference from 11 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon. Luckily lunch and snack breaks were included. Elder Calderon is an interesting character with a great love for the missionary work. We learned many important things from the conferenceand were excited to put them in practice. We thought that, like Monday night, after the conference we would be given new, temporary companions, but that didn't happen. Not sure what the missionaries from the other zones did, but I assume that they didn't do too much. When we return home at night, however, we found some pizzas at our doorstep from the visiting ZL, so I'd guess that it had something to do with ordering a whole bunch of pizza.
Wednesday morning the visiting Elders all went back to Riberalta and Guayaramarin, leaving us to return to normal. From Wednesday to Friday not too many exciting things happened, just us visiting and searching for visits. The good news is that I don't think I've ever been so busy as we are now with out visits. And we're seeing the results as well, as families are starting to attend church again and others are starting to start attending a church.
Also, this Saturday, we had the baptism of a youth. One of his friends from the Church baptized him, as so was something very beautiful. Even though not very many people came, the Spirit was strong, and I think helped the family of investigators that did come. It did make me a little sad that the family Gaston that was going to be baptized as well wern't able to achieve baptism just yet, but I think that the time will come soon. The wife has achieved such a strong testimony, but the husband is starting to drag along. Darned stubbern men, ¿no? (just joking; don't judge me too much)
And now that the people that always skip the middle part have started reading again, I just want to say that I love you all and wish the best for you. Never forget the love of God will always win over the hate of the devil.
With love,
Elder Yates
ps. some fotos coming; maybe...

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