January 18, 2012

What a fantabulous week that I have had! It has been the best yet! We have a baptism in 2 days and we are so excited, especially Elder Morris. He is doing so well. It has been a great opportunity for him to teach someone all the way through the lessons and do all the preparations for the baptism. We have been visiting our investigator quite often so that she will be ready to go. We also have other people that are getting closer towards baptism as well...so that is good.

We also have an amazing story about a boy that the missionaries met the other day. He will be baptized in his home area with his member girlfriend and his father. He came and played basketball with us. We had a lot of fun and then we taught him afterwards. He is so ready to be baptized. He has been researching the church and learning how to live according to its teachings for quite a while. He already knows so much because of all the study he has done. It has been exciting to teach someone who is so prepared. Even though he is not our investigator, it has been very exciting to teach him and be apart of his conversion.

We are also helping a member by painting her living room and kitchen. It has been really fun to help choose the colors and help by painting. It looks really good. I will send pictures later.

We are having success teaching our investigators. Lots of them are getting close to making the committment to be baptized. They love the gospel that we teach and some have received answers to their prayers that the gospel is true. It has been a cool thing to be apart of.

Next week is transfers. I hope that I will be staying here because I have done so much work here. It would be a real bummer to go somewhere for six weeks . I have made such good friends here and we are making such progress with our investigators. People are changing before our eyes. It is pretty awesome...they are making it easy to be a missionary. The district and my companion are great. This has been a great assignment. I am almost done as a trainer. Next week, my little baby pollito (as the members call him) will be all grown up. He still has a lot to learn, but he has learned very fast. His Spanish is great and his is a good missionary. Everyone is so complimentary towards him.

It is getting colder now. It is starting to feel like Boston felt last year. We have enjoyed the unusually warm climate, but it looks like it is coming to an end. I hope that I will be staying here to the finish, but what ever happens I will continue to work until the end.

Love you all! Peace and Blessings.

Elder Phillips

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