Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Transfers are tonight...December 15, 2014

Hello everyone!!  This week was very different with Zone Conferences, some interviews with the President, and some divisions with the Zone Leaders!!  I am learning tons here in the mission but mostly just that I need to open my mouth and talk because people are ready to listen!  We have set aside most of the investigators we were teaching because of their lack of progression and have a whole new page of people to talk to!  One of the ladies we are teaching is in a wheelchair.  Her name is Carmen Pajaro.  She is 43 years old and knows the Bible like the back of her hand but it is amazing how confused she is about some of the principles!  She isn't married but has plans to get married this month to her partner of more than 15 years!  They are super attentive to what we teach.  I am amazed at the faith she shows under her circumstances!!!  One of the little blessings I have received to show the hand of the Lord in all things!  We are also teaching a man named Hever PariƱan who isn't married either.  He has two little kids and is super good friends with the Bishop.  We had an appointment with him and the Bishop that went super well!  I know he felt the spirit.  The only thing is, that doesn't deny the fact that he has his agency!  I guess we will see!  Everyone is getting ready for Christmas here!  I don't feel too bad because I know you don't have snow either so MERRY CHRISTMAS!! :)  Transfers are tonight and I am anxious to see what will happen!  I guess no matter what happens I am still in the mission so it isn't that big of a deal!  I am excited to spend Christmas here under the palm trees!  Oh and today we were going to a Zone activity and got stuck behind some cars because a 4 ft. long iguana was crossing the street!!  It was massive!!  Haha!  I am doing absolutely awesome and hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!!
Love, Elder Slack

***We received word tonight that Brady will be transferred to Barranquilla tomorrow to be a Trainer.  His sweet Relief Society President, Hermana Ledys, contacted us and said it was her privilege to serve him and that he was a strong missionary and very friendly to all of the people.  We are so grateful to her and all the people in the Alto Bosque area that took such good care of him and made his experience as a missionary a memorable one.

District of Alto Bosque
Victor Sanchez and Elder Slack
Elder Wooden and Elder Slack
Elder ?, Elder Slack, Elder ?, Elder Wooden and Elder ?
The Gringos from the CCM...Elder Wooden, Elder Slack and Elder Balle
Last view from his apartment in Alto Bosque area in Cartagena

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We just need to open our mouths and share...December 8, 2014

This week flew by so fast, it was incredible!!  On Tuesday we were in a trio with our Zone Leader, Elder Barreto from Brazil, and it was awesome!  The rest of our week we contacted and it felt awesome because we were able to talk to so many people and I realized how open the people are here about the things we teach!!  My testimony really grew because so many people are ready to hear the Gospel and have been prepared by our Father in Heaven to hear it.  We just need to open our mouths and share the gospel!  I love all the scriptures that talk about putting our faith in Christ and opening our mouths to share the gospel, when we do He will be right there with us!!!!  I have been reading Doctrine and Covenants and read section 87.  I have never before realized the the prophet Joseph Smith foretold the civil war AND both world wars, 29 years before it happened.  I know he truely was a Prophet of God and that we have a living Prophet who receives revelation specifically for us in these latter days!  I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ lives!!  I know that according to our obedience to the things we have been taught, we will be able to live with our families again.  Thanks for all the love and support and prayers!!  I wish you all the best of luck in your endeavours and the merriest of holidays!!
Love, Elder Slack

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

He Is the Gift...December 1, 2014

Another week has come and gone!  I am amazed at the time that has past and the little time I have ahead!  I feel like the climb is over after this next transfer and then it is open waters from here on out!!  I love the area I am in.  I feel like it is the best in our zone!  I am hoping that I stay in this area over Christmas because I have a lot of super awesome people in this area that are always offering food!! :)  We had another baptism this week and it was one of our investigators, Hermana Alba.  She has 3 sons, and besides her son who is 8 years old, was the only non-member in her entire family!  She was super hard but I was very shocked to see her just break down in tears as she bore her testimony after she was baptized.  The Gospel and Holy Ghost really do amazing things!!  She is progressing way faster after than she ever did before her baptism!!  Other than that, things are going good here in Colombia!
Thanksgiving day passed quickly which made things a ton easier!!  We went bowling today as a zone.  Had a great time doing something a little different.  I am so glad to be a missionary and I would challenge all of you to see the new video "He Is the Gift" on mormon.org and share it with all your neighbors, friends, friends on Facebook, and family!!  Love you all and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!
Love, Elder Slack

Bowling with the Zone
Elder Slack is the only American in his Zone
Elder Aguirre, ?, Elder Slack, ?,?, Hermana Alba, ?
Happy Holidays!!  Love, Elder Slack