Everything is Just Dandy

Written by admin on June 21st, 2010

¡Hola familia!

So how’s the world? My world is just dandy. Hey that reminds me of a story. The other day I had to call Elder Bartholomei for something and he asked me how I was. I said, “I’m just dandy” and he said, “what, dude did you really just use that word? Nobody says that.” And I said, “Um…I do.” And he asked me why, to which I could not respond. I just do. So then there was an awkward pause and then we continued with what we were doing. Once again I was led to reflect on the very strange nature of the English language, or at least the way I speak it.

Hey good news! Manuel is getting baptized! Yep, I’m sure that I never before mentioned Manuel and I try to avoid talking about upcoming baptismal dates, but this guy is a powerhouse so I’m willing to risk it. It has been an interesting experience to work with him over the last 3 weeks because I remember that the first time we tried to put a baptismal date with him he started to shake his head violently and repeat, “No no no no no.” He is kind of a goofy guy, thus the violent head shaking and not just a simple, “no” like most people would do. It was interesting because every lesson we had with him I could almost see his heart softening; it was a very cool experience. Also, even though he said no, I could see in his eyes that he knew it was true. It was interesting because, even though every time we talked about baptism he was adamantly apposed, there was never any doubt in my mind that he knew it was true and that he would get baptized soon. Then we had a lesson teaching some family members of his (which just happens to be a part member family) and even though we were not teaching Manuel, the lesson was really meant for him, and I had an impression that at the next appointment he was going to say yes. The lesson we taught was just a simple lesson about the restoration and even though it wasn’t the first or the second or even the third time the guy has heard it, I knew that that was it and the next lesson he would accept a baptismal date. So we went to that next lesson and in about 10 minutes the opportunity presented itself and we invited him to be baptized this Saturday and he said yes–and it was awesome!

Oh hey speaking of good news, guess what I learned this week! The Cuenca family got baptized! I was very pleased when I heard that. It made me miss Portoviejo big time. I think that Portoviejo will go down as my all time favorite sector. On a pretty regular basis I find myself wondering how certain elders or families in Portoviejo are doing.

I feel the need to apologize to mom this week for not sending pictures. I was totally going to do it. I have the pictures with me and everything but the internet we normally go to was full and the one I am in now won’t accept my pictures. It’s a conspiracy to keep mom from seeing my pictures I think. I will at least answer your question though:  the elders in my house are Elder Dayton with his companion Elder Torres, and Elder Hasvold with his companion/son Elder Pintos.

Ok that’s all the info this week. Wednesday we have interviews with President Gamboa. Should be interesting. Ok well, time for me to sign off. Mostly because I’m hungry and we are going to McD´s for lunch (we have a McDonalds close to our house). Hurray for greasy American food!

Te quiero,
Elder Walke

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