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Otra Semana Mas

This week was interesting. We gave a lot of blessings (strangers asked us for blessings without even knowing what they were doing) and we did the preparations for a baptism, our first for someone we found together (as opposed to the people that the other missionaries found before us). He´s 22 and a law student, a great guy.

A young single mother attended church for the second time, this time with her four kids. I think they´ll be baptized soon as well. Things are looking up.
I´ll start looking for a suit, I guess. I´d rather not bother, but I think you´re right. I ought to do it now in Colombia while it´s not as costly.

I guess a don´t have much more to say. If I´m going to buy a suit here in Colombia, I´ll be using almost all of the cash on the card, so it´d be nice if you can put a little more on there. I want to buy a few items here before leaving. I haven´t seen many nativities still, but I guess there ought to be some, since the Christmas lights are all out already. I´ll look around.

Okay, ya. Les escribo luego.
Elder Belú

Not Writing

I´m sorry. It looks like I won´t be able to write this week. We´ve got a meeting with an Area Seventy in half an hour and we´re pretty far from ready. I´ll let you know in a week how it turns out.
Elder Belú

Companions!

Elder Pastran and Elder Belyeu

P Day

Defrosting The Fridge

Planning

I know exactly which plant is Queen Ann´s lace. I´ve tried it before, a few times. Sassafras grows on the bank of dirt behind the fig trees and a little closer to the road, beside the mailbox at the trailer, and in the trail in the woods about midway between the house the the pipeline.

I feel so clever.

Well, my comp´s a Latin. I´ve heard that the difference can be really shocking, to go from a gringo companion to a Latin, but that really hasn´t been a problem, maybe because Elder Ward was basically a Latin when he left. Elder Ochoa is great. He teaches so well that he´s improving the English class a lot, even though he only speaks Spanish.

He´s also got a lot of time here. He has been in the Colombian coast for 19 months and is in his most effective time, with plenty of experience, but thoughts of home still in the distance.

It´s been tough planning the area. I´m still drowning in all the things we need to do. Elder Jenson was doing almost all of the planning and I don´t really know how, but Elder Ochoa doesn´t know the area, so it´s up to me. A baptism fell through this weekend because I hadn´t gotten permission from the dad and he was working, We can´t do it this week either because there´s another stake conference, so hopefully we´ll have a lot of baptisms in two weeks. We´ll see.

Anyway, I´m still here. Mission life changes, but it´s still the same thing. We learn. Aprendemos.

Elder Belú

Baptisms and Finding My Way Around

 Hi, peoples,
This week has been good and bad. First, a couple of notes: I still haven`t tried to use my card yet, hopefully sometime today I`ll have time (there aren`t a lot of ATMs close). We´ll be calling at eight or nine at night, the weekend of Mother`s Day, either Saturday or Sunday. Still don`t know that part.

We had baptisms this week. A family that`s been preparing for a long time finally took the plunge. One of the sons in the family decided that he`s ready for baptism and pushed almost the whole family into deciding, too. The dad had decided to be baptised. With the support of the family, he went ahead and committed. The mom is waiting about baptism, but she told us it`s just a matter of time.

What has me especially excited is that the son who decided first about baptism also wants to serve a mission. He went teaching with us yesterday, directly after his confirmation, and I gave him an extra copy of PMG. If he does go on a mission, he could be in the field around the midway mark of my mission, and his younger brother could leave a few months after I get home. That`s how the dominoes do it, anyway. I feel successful.

However, in an exchange this Friday I had to stay in my area with another elder from my district while Elder Jensen did an interview in the other area. We wandered for an hour searching for a house in a maze of other identical houses. I can speak Spanish more or less, share gospel principles that change lives for eternity, and live in a country where nobody speaks English, thousands of miles from home, but I can`t find anything in my area. My biggest weakness may well be my inability to navigate in the mission. The time I use searching for houses isn`t mine.

Things are improving, though. I can find our house and the church and the houses of some investigators. Maybe Elder Jensen will be here for another transfer before I have to navigate with a new comp.

Sin embargo, that´s life. Have fun in strange places, like the USA and Italy. I can almost understand Italian, now. Someone we visited yesterday was watching TC in Italian and I almost didn`t notice it wasn`t Spanish. I still don`t understand Spanish perfectly either, but Italian will be a piece of cake, after Spanish. Russian, maybe not.

Pues, chao, see you later.

Elder Belù

Scheduling Conflict

Elder J Belyeu will write his usual letters on April 25 and May 1, but due to a scheduling conflict, there will be a delay before they’re posted. The letters will be posted in early May.

Intense Spanish Classes

We’ve got a new district in the zone (which is the same as our branch) so my district is no longer the newest. Two more districts are leaving soon, and there are only five in the zone, so we’ll be the old ones soon.

Starting today, our district is only supposed to use Spanish in the classroom, unless absolutely necessary for understanding. We’re starting the portion of our MTC time when we are supposed to learn the most Spanish. We’ll see how that goes.

I ran into an old co-worker from my one of my BYU jobs this week. She’s going to the Dominican Republic, like Thatcher Pinkston, but she couldn’t go to that MTC because she didn’t have another sister to be her companion there, so she’s here for her whole nine weeks. In related news, the sister who processed my immunizations my first weeks was Elder Wallaby (Willoughby)’s aunt.

Not much has changed here the last few days. We spend our days in the classroom and our nights in our dorms. We went to the temple today again, since it’s now open again (It had closed for cleaning).

I wonder if it would be possible for you to find “The Pancake Collector” online and dearelder it to me. Would you try? Por favor? it’s been running through my head for several days.

I found where I could get copies of a list of hymns with the numbers for English and Spanish hymnbooks and bought them for the whole district (15 cents each). Maybe now we’ll be able to sing more hymns than just those we can translate the names of.

Estoy animado por la oportunidad a servir en Colombia, y yo sé que este es la verdad Iglesia de Dios. Estoy agradecido por el evangelio y por las escrituras. Yo se que José Smith fue un profeta de Dios y a travez de él Dios restauró Su Evangelio, y el Sacerdocio. No puedo recuerdo más que necesito escribir, pero ustedes estan en mis oraziones.

I look forward to learning verb tenses as well.

I love you all and appreciate your prayers. Mom, I don´t think I´m capable of getting too many Dearelder letters. Just saying, sabe?

Elder Belyeu