Monday, August 25, 2014

Another Incredible Week . . .

August 25, 2014

Dear Family,

Wow, what a great exciting week you guys have had this last week!!  Lots of changes, lots of new things going on for you!!  I loved all of the pictures that you sent me!!  Parker and Dylan have grown up so much!!  I barely even recognize them!!  Dylan is almost as tall as the door frame, and Parker, as always, has his "flow violento"  going on!!  

So Sean did tell me that he was transferred, but not to be a Zone Leader!! What a great opportunity for him!! I know he will be a great zone leader!! Also, that is cool that you guys were able to go to Haley Baum´s mission farewell. She was in my Medical Anatomy Class my senior year, so it is cool to hear that she is headed out on the mission!!

So Dylan, I am glad that you are so happy to be starting school and such again!! It seems like you are pretty prepared to be going back!! I am glad that you like your body conditioning class as well!!  You gotta take advantage of that!!! Nice Jersey by the way!!  ;)

Parker, dude, I can not believe that you are a Junior in High School!!  It seems like yesterday that I was just starting MY Junior Year!!  I hope you love it!!  Junior Year is by far the toughest and most stressful, so the best advice that I could give you is to just always do your homework, never get behind, and take good notes!! It will make all the difference for you!!  Also, the car stickers look sweet, you have probably got one of the sweetest rides in school, huh?  That is pretty cool!! And, last but not least, congrats on the job at the Junior High!!  I knew that you would get it!!  What a great opportunity for you to be able to work and gain more experience!!  It will pay off for you in the future, I promise!!

Mom, I am happy to hear that you are still loving your job out there at the Junior High!!  It really is a blessing to be able to wake up every day and love what you do for a living!!  It is a blessing for me as well to have such hard working parents to be able to learn from you guys!!  Thank you for your example!!

Dad, congrats on the progress at work!!  I am so happy for you!! Also, I am glad that you are going to be able to start up the FHE again with your ward!!  That will be so fun!!  This calling is preparing you to be a bishop in the future!!  ;)  Don´t worry, Sean and I will teach you how it all works  :)

So this week was pretty great!!  We were able to report 13 baptismal projections from my companion and I, as well as 4 from the other companionship in the house for the mega baptism that we are going to have!!  We have been working super hard with all of these people!!  I am just going to describe a little bit of their progress to you real quick!!

So with Feyo, we finally asked him if that was his real name, and he told us no, but that every had just called him that for so long that it was basically his name!!  He told us the his real name is Andrés, but we still call him Feyo along with the rest of the world!!  We have officially finished the lessons with him, and have really been focusing on the Book of Mormon. He is right now in 1 Nephi 4.  He loves the Book of Mormon!!  Also, we were a little bit nervous about his level of understanding with the lessons because he is a really simple man, but he did amazing when we did a small practice of the baptismal questions!!  He is super excited for his baptism, and we are also preparing him to be able to receive the priesthood after being baptized!!

Deysi is also doing great!!  She went a little loose there for two weeks and didn´t come to church, but we had a really frank discussion with her and she told us that she wants to be a member of this church so badly!!!  She is progressing well, and is really changing her life, leaving behind coffee to be able to complete with the word of wisdom!!

Mery is also doing really well, and is a dry member!!  She is so cool!!  We have been working with her about punctuality in her church attendance, and she now is usually one of the first people to arrive, beating the majority of the members there!!  She is a great example of faith and perseverance!! She is someone that I have learned a lot from, that even with great trials we can prosper through the help of our Savior!!

Alexis, finally, will be baptized!!  He has more knowledge than most people I know in the church!!  We have been talking with him lately just about the questions that he has because he has had all of the lessons memorized for like 2 months, and we have gone into some pretty deep doctrinal stuff!! Stuff about the temple, sealings, and stuff like that!!  It is a lot of fun to go teach him, because he just gets super excited like a little school boy to have his questions answered!!  Some times before we have even answered his question, he is throwing another one out at us in a completely different direction!!  But he is great, and is also being prepared to receive the priesthood after his baptism!!

Ice cream and Dominoes with the "brothers"
on P-day!
Mercedes, Abigail, Elianni, and Darilennis are doing amazing!!  I am so excited to see their baptism!! They have made a 180 degree turn in their lives, and are doing so great!!  Mercedes, who has been legally blind for the last 3 years, was able to buy some new glasses, and the first book that she read?... THE BOOK OF MORMON!!  She has not been able to read for a long time, and she picked up the Book Of Mormon and read a chapter!! What a blessing!!  She is also helping her grand daughters, who have the lessons memorized!! They study the pamphlets more than their school work!!  

Nayeli and Carmen are also doing really well, just slamming out the Book of Mormon!!  Carmen has also officially gone a month with out smoking or using Tabacco!!

Edailyn and Guario are doing well, just really busy with school right now!!

Wilton is doing amazing, and he is getting married this thursday!!  They turned in their paper work today and are going to be married on thursday!!  I even get to be one of the witnesses!!

Well, I hope you all have a great week!!  I love you all!!


Elder Garrett McEwan

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