Monday, December 12, 2011

Letter #29 12/12/11 Baptism!

Hey everyone! I´m writing a little bit late once again. We had an incredibly long zone meeting in San Lucas this morning. The bus ride from our house to the Church in San Lucas is about an hour and a half to two hours so we just barely got back. But the meeting was great, i learned a ton and it was nice to be back in my first church building and see a few of the Elders from my old district. I´m loving San Jose, it´s a little different than my last area, but i love it. One of the biggest differences is the attendance during church. The Building is about 45 minutes on a bus from hour area, much shorter if you have a car, but the majority of our investigadors don´t have cars. This could represent a problem but it´s nothing that a little faith can´t change. There are also not nearly as many members that go to church. We have a TON of less actives. The majority of the people who give us our lunch every day our less active or completely inactive. We have a lot to do here. The good news is that we had 2 baptisms on Saturday! Its a younger couple, they got married Friday, baptised Saturday, and confirmed Sunday. They´re awesome! I was a witness in the wedding and had the priviledge of signing their papers. Getting ready for their baptism didn´t quite go as planned. We arrived at the church in the morning to prepare the font and found that it was full from the last baptism 3 weeks ago with water that looked like it had been the home to many living creatures, this wouldn´t be a problem because all we had to do was drain it, but the drainer doesn´t work. So we had to drain the entire thing with buckets! Great experience. I wasn´t mad because it was a great opportunity to do some much needen exercise. It took us a good 2 and a half hours. With this and another list of problems that we had with the water, we spent the entire day in the church building preparing for the baptism in the evening. But their baptism was amazing so it was all worth it.
Elder Garcia is a great Elder. He´s from the Cornavaca area. I don´t really know how to spell it but i know that´s it´s the mission that Brandon´s serving in. He is incredibly humble. He´s basically a perfect example of every Christ-like attribute. He also has a strong resemblance to the panda bear in Kung Fu panda. I´m really looking forward to working with him this change. We teach great together and get along great. He doesn´t talk a whole lot so i really don´t know to much about the rest of his life, but i know that he´s a great person and has a strong spirit. 

I have good news for hour Christmas day phone call. We can talk for 2 hours! Everyone was pretty shocked to hear that. I thought you´d be pretty happy too so i decided not to wait to tell you, but i´ll let you know more details later. Also, i got the packages from Aunt Melanie and Grandma today. Thanks a ton!!! You´ll be happy to know that they didn´t need to open them in the airport from Sinaloa to Cabo so it will all be a grand surprise. I hope the whole family knows how much i love them and that i pray for them. I´m greatful for the close relationship we all have and during with all the christmas lights and music  around here it brings back good memories at Grandma´s house. I be sure to work extra hard for you guys so you can get some blessings. Well love you all, especially dad because it was his birthday. Elder Mecham
Landon and Elder Garcia emptying that font!! Good Exercise!

Signing the marriage license- cool experience!

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