So this week we saw a lot of progression in one of the less active families we are teaching and in the branch. So first off with the family we are teaching. We have been teaching the Gonzales family ever since I got to this area. They have always been really nice with us and always accept us. Right now they have a daughter that is serving in Colombia and they were able to talk with them for Christmas. I think that whatever she told her family really motivated them to start going to church again. They told us that there goal is to go to the temple with their daughter when she gets back in a year. We had a small lesson with them yesterday and the brother asked us if we could fast with him this week. We are going to work really hard with them to help them to go back to church and hopefully this fast goes well with him this next week. So yesterday we had a really good branch council too. So when we first got here we would ask people to come with us for a visit or to visit somebody specifically. It would almost always fall through. But now the leaders are starting to complete with their asignments and are starting to get excited about the work out here. We also have a family that is also going through a lot of problems, the Chuquimia family. One of them suggested that we could do a fast for them to help them. It made me really happy to see the progession this past week. The work out here in Riberalta is going well! Elder Britt To explain a little about the pictures. The first one I finally got to hold a monkey. It was really hard to get it but I finally got its trust and could hold it. The second is one of my favorite members, Mario. He always takes us places in his moto. We just have to find another mototaxi and he takes us places. Thats how we get around out here. The third is were we sang for Christmas eve. All of the zone sang. And the last few are some animals of the members here. They liked to climb up on my back and should and in one of the pictures one started biting my ear. They are really cool!
Monday, December 28, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
So time has passed by really quickly this week. On Tuesday my comp had to travel to a city in Bolivia called Trinidad. He had to go do some paper work of his passport and so that left me in a trio with the other 2 elders from my branch. It was nice because I was able to visit with some of the members from the other area. But I couldn't work in my area for about 3 days. This week was full of activities in the branch and district. We had 2 talent shows, one for the branch and one for the district. We had to perform something in the two of them. In both of them, we sang a hymn and in the district talent show we did a short skit. Both of them went pretty well and some of our less actives went. We have been working a lot with the Ribas family. We are trying really hard to reactivate the wife and set a baptism date for the husband. They both like learning about the gospel but they just need to go to church every week. We are working a lot with the branch president here. We have been visiting a lot of the less actives with him and the people we usually visit with him go to church the next week. We have also been having meetings every Tuesday night, its almost like a second branch meeting. As missionaries, we help the leaders know what they need to do, how to visit other members and help them with the questions they have. Right now the leaders are having a little bit of problems so we have decided to help the leaders and that will help us strengthen the branch and that will allow us to help more less actives and new investigators. This week should be really good. Some of the members have already invited us over to do things with them for Christmas. It always amazes me to see how little some of the members have and how much they are willing to give us. The members here are amazing. That's about all that happened this week! Elder Britt
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
So last week a huge storm came through and knocked out all of the internet in Riberalta so we weren't able to write. I was able to talk to my mom for only 5 minutes. The internet just barely got fixed today so I can finally write! But this week was really good for us in Riberalta! The biggest thing we did was an activity for everybody in the district and we did a mini MTC. We invited everybody from 16-24 to go and we tried to help them get excited to go on the mission. My comp and I taught a class on personal studies and we taught them a lot about the mission. They even did some practice contacts and they contact really well! At the end of the activity we did a small skit. It was pretty much a day as a missionary but we tried to make it funny. Everybody chose me in my zone to be an old guy as if he was remembering his mission. It was a pretty fun activity and hopefully we will see more missionaries going out from our district. We also had an activity for saturday, where each orginization was going to prepare a dance from Riberalta and was going to show it in the activity. But somehow word got around that it was canceled and nobody went. So we are going to try and do that activity again this friday. We have been doing a lot of finding and we will keep doing that because almost everybody has left Riberalta. They all went to something called la safra and it's where they go and collect almonds. I think almost all of the almonds in the world come from Riberalta becuase literally almost every person here works in some way or another with almonds. So we have lost a lot of the people we were visiting because of that. they won't be getting back until March. Love you guys, Elder Britt
Saturday, December 12, 2015
We did not receive a letter from Elder Britt today. Late in the afternoon, we received a phone call from him and was able to speak for five minutes. There was a huge storm that came through the day before and knocked out the Internet. He was not able to write. He said everything is going well and he's doing fine. It was so great to hear his voice! We are looking forward to talking with him again on Christmas.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
So this week was really good for us. We were able to start visiting with some new less activies and part member families we found. Some of them even went to church yesterday. Hopefully we will be able to see some more progess with them this week! The big thing that we did this week was we had a big service project. We were washing everybodies motos for free. I was in charge of yelling at the people that we were washing free. It was actually pretty fun. I lost my voice by the end of it. I was yelling for about 2 hours. But thanks to the service we got a total of 50 refrences for all of Riberalta and 6 refrences for our area. We havent had time to contact them this week but we are going to do it this week. We also have gotten some good refrences this past week with people who are really interested in the gospel so we are going to make sure to contact all of these people this week. But this week we planned to do an activity. On saturday, each organization is going to prepare a dance from bolivia. I have to dance in the activity. We are going to do a dance called El Torito. Pretty much, theres one person dressed up as a bull and everybody else dances around the bull and whips it lightly. Knowing the branch Im in, they are probably going to choose me to be the bull, so that should be fun. Right now there are a lot of less actives we are teaching that are going through a ton of problems, we are doing our best to help them. They are problems that a normal person would never have to go through. I really hope that I will be capable to help them with my comp. But thats about all that has happened this week! Love you guys, Elder Britt