Monday, April 20, 2015

New Companion...April 13, 2015

Well hello everyone.  We are now encountering another week 6 here in the sunny (and super hot) weather of Barranquilla.  Who knows what will happen but hey.. I've always liked surprises!!! :)  This week on Tuesday my companion, Elder Mora had to go home for a break because of some problems in his knee.  He has 2 months to be able to work it all out and get some rest and then he is back at it.  I received my new companion, Elder Morales from Bolivia Tuesday night as well.  He is 21 years old and has 20 months in the mission!  It has been way cool to be with someone a little older in the mission who has been around the ropes once or twice!  We have two investigators who have progressed really well over the past 2 months but haven't been baptized yet.  One is 18 (Juliana) and the other is 16 (Nathalia).  They have awesome testimonies of the Gospel but their mother hasn't let them get baptized.  Juliana has taken the step and says that she is just going to do it.  She has had her interview and will now be baptized this week!  We had an awesome lesson on Faith and I do have to say I learned a lot too!!  It was an awesome lesson where we felt the spirit a ton and I think she was able to learn that after baptism is when the real challenge will come!  I have learned the importance of persevering more than ever and listening to the Holy Ghost.  Other than that I am doing super good!!  Nothing else is different and I can't wait to receive the Liahona to be able to re-read the conference talks again!  Hope you all are doing very well and I love each and every one of you!!!! :)
Love, Elder Slack

Prepared by God...April 6, 2015

What a great week with an excellent weekend!  I hope everyone had the opportunity to listen or will have the opportunity to soon read and re listen to the conference talks!  They were very inspired and well needed!!  I was particularly fond of the talk by Elder Bednar about facing our fears.  I find it very useful to know that it doesn't really matter how we were but it matters most about how we will become through the atonement of Jesus Christ.  I know He suffered for us and gave His life for us. He is the greatest example of humility and obedience the world has ever known.  It is amazing to see little changes every day in my life and the lives of others as I try to help them do the same!  We had a super good experience this week with a friend of a member.  She had listened to the members before but I guess it just wasn't the right time.  We visited her and just taught her the Restoration.  She was asked to give the closing prayer and started off super good.  Halfway through, she just started balling. I know we felt the spirit super strong in her house and I know that she has been prepared by our Father in Heaven.  This same member ( she is super awesome!!) also has been helping us with another family (also references).  We had a super cool experience with them on Thursday.  It was Holy week and so practically no work or school the whole week and I guess before we visited them they were with family the whole day.  We, before, had planned to share the family, temple marriage, and family history lessons.  He was shocked and asked why we were talking about it.  We told him we felt impressed to do it and he laughed.  He said he knew what we are doing is true.  It is a very awesome family that has been prepared by God.  I would like to note that both stories have much to do with a member... During conference I heard a couple times that many around us are prepared but sometimes we are short of faith to help them get started.  I hope we can all get to work and pray for missionary opportunities.  It will only strengthen your testimony and help you feel the spirit!  I know this is the Church of Jesus Christ and the Prophet and Apostles are inspired.  I know that they have the power and authority of God.  I love it here in Colombia and it is so much fun!  I am doing absolutely awesome!!  I hope you have a wonderful week and look forward to all the Lord has in store for you!!
Love, Elder Slack

Rat Infestation!!...March 30, 2015

Hello my dear family and friends!  I hope you are all doing wonderfully well and that things are going good!!  I am doing splendid here in Barranquilla, Colombia!  Eating tons, walking lots, and sleeping little!  Things are going very good and I do have to say that I am pretty much best friends with the people that live in the street that try to speak English!  Sometimes I am tempted to learn German and start speaking!  Everyone says I am not from the U.S. because I don't speak like the rest of them.. I just try to have a little fun with em!! :)  This week was a pretty good week with a  baptism and a confirmation to top it off!  First confirmation I have done in the mission and it was a very interesting feeling!  Nothing like I have ever felt!!  We also seem to have quite the constant rat infestation in our apartment.  This week we have killed 5 rats and these aren't your little household mice either!!  These things get big!!  I think I might become a pro rat killer in the future!!  We threw some poison outside on a deck thing and came home to a very amazing fragrance on Saturday night!! The stupid thing ate the poison then found it's way in the house.  It was about ready to explode so we played rock, paper, scissors to see who had to pick it up but my comp isn't that good because he always plays rock first!  So, I won and the sucker had to pick up the exploding rat hahaha :):)  I am doing super awesome and looking forward to an amazing General Conference!  Should be stellar and I hope each and every one of you will have the opportunity to listen!!  Love you all and wish the best!! 
Love, Elder Slack