Subject: Corvallis 1st & Philomath...This work is hard...ummm I'm not in Eugene anymore...
So my companion and I cover two wards in the Corvallis Zone, Corvallis & Philomath. They are similar types of ward. I am excited to see what comes from this transfer. The greenie I am training is from Northern California. He is super excited to do the Lord's work. We are having a lot of fun. Honestly I am learning the same as he is since we both have a steep learning curve. I am not going to lie. It is hard!! Honestly I feel like I have no idea what I am doing. I feel useless sometimes. But luckily we are in the same apartment with the Zone Leaders so they can help me to know what the best thing to do is.
Our apartment is larger than the family's home I lived in Eugene. It is a two bedroom one bath apartment. I have to admit living in a foursome is quite fun! My comp and I spent 17 hours tracting in the span of 4 days. One really nice thing about my new comp is he isn't shy and not afraid to talk about the gospel.
Well, I hope you all are well & sorry I am not able to write more...short on time today!!!
Elder Christian James Delis
Mom's Note: In today's mail we recieved a letter from Elder D's Mission President informing us about his new job as a trainer. Here is a portion of it...
"...This is an opportunity that only comes to our best missionaries...To me there is no more important call than that of a Trainer. Every parent prays that their son or daughter will have the best trainer as they start their mission. I appreciate that your son is worthy to take on this important assignment. I am grateful that the Lord has sent him to the Oregon Eugene Mission."
Yes! This made my day!!!
Subject: LISTO POR BAUTISMO!
Bueno familia! Felize dia de la preparacion!
Okay. Oh Mom--favorite day: I love Saturdays. People are home and outside! It's easier to go up and talk to people, and we get to talk to more families. And then we get to talk to lots of our investigators at night to invite them to church, and less actives, we make contact with everybody. And that is fun. The people make the whole mission--seriously. I love people!
My favorite person was baptized on Saturday! I guess that is another reason to love Saturdays, ha. Bautismos. I am so excited to meet him. Ah, he is the mejor. He is 62, and my comp and I were actually the ones to knock on his door like two weeks into the area. He immediately let us in, and when we asked why he us in he was like "Because you're women of God!" Haha, he is so animated, and he's just been searching for the truth his entire life. He read the LdM in two weeks--did I tell you this? He was reading the index and asked us for a Bible so he could understand it better. Haha. Heavens. But after an incredibly hard week--he moved, he had personal trials to get through, family things, but he was baptized on Saturday.:) The Sunday before his baptism he kept saying "Listo por bautismo! Listo por bautismo!" which just means "Ready for Baptism" in cute Spanish rhyme form. :) He is just AWESOME. I've never met someone with so much faith and desire to know. Teaching him was really special--we did nothing. Seriously--I couldn't understand almost anything for the first month (one of the members was trying to tell us he has a thick accent...but I'm pretty sure I don't know Spanish well, either, ha). But I love being in lessons because we don't teach--the Spirit does everything important. We work hard every day to make sure that we are becoming better teachers--don't get me wrong, but the Spirit converts. One of my very best friends is this little Mexican man who I can barely understand, ha. After the baptism, we were talking with him, and I don't think I have ever heard nicer things come out of someone's mouth--he said such heartfelt things, and at one point he was talking specifically to me and I just started to cry. I am so grateful for him. He moved into such an AWESOME ward--there was so much love in the little baptismal room with everyone there--only we (my comp &I) knew him well, but he was so taken care of. I was so grateful for those members. I have no doubts that he'll be taken care of. I can't wait for you to meet him. :)
Oh family, the people. They are everything. I wish you could know them too. Some day soon, I hope :) Anyway, I have to get going. :) I hope everyone is doing great!
Love you lots--you're in my prayers always!!