I hope that you all are having a good spring back home in the States. Down here it is just becoming a winter wonderland. However we are making the best of it. I will say that I love the cold more than I would love the extreme hot. I just hate sweating and so this is nice not really ever sweating. Well, except when my companion and I do our 3366 pushups that we did this last week between the two of us. Yes, we are counting and yes because missionaries put goals we have a goal as a Zone to do 57000 push ups every month. Haha we think we are only kinda cool.
This last week we were able to have a lot of lessons and talk a lot with the people that we have been working with. One cool story is with my first companion Elder Cortes we were teaching a teenager named Luis. He is 17 and he is the only one in his family that is interested in the church. Then the first day with Elder Petersen my companion now we tried to go talk to him but found out that he was in the hospital. That was about four weeks ago. Then on Sunday we were in a lesson by the house of Luis and this lesson was well awesome i almost cried but that is not important for Luis right now. Haha we then started walking to the house of Luis and he was right behind us the whole time. We knocked on the door and he came walking up the steps. It was awesome to just see him. We had an awesome lesson and then we talked about coming to church because we havent seen him there for awhile and he usually comes every week. He would be baptized but his parents wont let him. He then told us that he is not able to go to the church because his girlfriends mom put a restraining order on him. So ya one of the members is not letting my investigator come to church. That does not make a missionary very happy. But we are going to talk with the member and see what we can do!
Anyways we also had our Zone Conference this week and we had to travel four hours by bus to 28 de Noviembre for the conference. We spent a day there and then came back to Calafate. I just learned that the best thing I can do as a missionary is to follow the promptings of the spirit and know even though I speak like I am five I can still do the will of the Lord.
The best part of the week for well the 19 year old boy I am, was going to the Glacier. We had the chance to go and look at the beauty that the Earth offers for over four hours. I was just marveled that our Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ made that for us to just enjoy. They really do love us. I know that this is the only true church on this Earth. I know we all can take the one we love to the temple and be sealed for time and eternity. I know that families are forever. We will be with our loved ones forever. Literally forever!!! The joy that that brings me is something that pushes me to share the gospel. To be honest this week was tough. We had a lot of time not teaching and just traveling. I thought about my family and my friends that I love. My thoughts turned to my future. Thinking about marriage and a family and just life. I know our Father in Heaven loves us. He helps me feel close to home when I am no where close at all. He shows me where I need to go and can show you. I the Atonement is real. I felt it a lot in my life and know Christ is there for us. Please read more and go to the temple. Please pray a lot! Involve the Savior in all you do and I know that you will be able to make the correct decisions in your life. I love you all and Heavenly Father does too!
Elder Saunders from the end of the world!