Monday, February 17, 2014

Spanish, Tagalog - Where is the Gift of Tongues when you need it!

This week was another great week here in Thousand Oaks. Not just us, but all of the missionaries in our district have been having or will be having success. There were two baptisms this week, that I had the opportunity to go to, because Elder Atkin is the district leader. One of them was of a nine year old boy who has less-active parents who are now being activated. A lot of work has gone into that family and it was a great baptism with the whole family there. The Hermanas (spanish speaking sisters) also had a baptism which was on Sunday, his name is Josea Tun and that was really great. It was a really special baptism for Elder Atkin, because while he was in West lake he gave Josea a card while they were passing in the street. Elder Atkin doesn't speak hardly any Spanish, but Josea said he had prayed to find a church that day and Elder Atkin, in broken Spanish, gave him a card and invited him to learn more. We also were able to invite our investigator Willyam to the baptism. He speaks both English and Spanish, so he could understand everything just fine. I on the other hand could not understand a thing. I could pick up on words like missionaries and Jesus Christ, but that's about it. Willyam also brought his girlfriend Bernadette, which is a different issue we will address later, who has been to a few of our lessons, but works a lot. It was great to see them both there and the spirit was really strong. It was really interesting to go to a baptism and really focus on what the spirit is telling me, because even though I couldn't understand what they were saying I still learned a lot. We were also able to find a Tagalog Book of Mormon in like two days to give to Bernadette at the baptism, which is a miracle in and of itself. The bishop of another ward happened to have ordered one last month "just in case". She doesn't read very well in English and was glad to have a Book of Mormon in her native language. Overall it has been a great month for our whole district.
We have a couple other up and coming investigators who hopefully in time will set a baptismal date. One of them, David Hanzy we have been trying to meet with for a long time finally kept our appointment and we had a fantastic lesson at the church with his friend who is a member. She is really the driving force behind him meeting with us, but he is beginning to learn and is now interested for himself. We had a great Plan of Salvation lesson and although he didn't come to church this week he assured us that he would be there next week. Speaking of next week we are now in week 6 of this transfer and so next week I will know if I am staying or going. Me and Elder Atkin have been companions for 3 transfers which is almost unheard of. He won't be my companion next transfer for sure, so I am a little nervous. We will definitely be friends after the mission. It will be exciting to find out what the Lord has in store for me next transfer.
I love you all thank you for the package. Keep up the good work whatever it is that you are doing.

Elder Hamson

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