OK really though I'll tell you all why it was so great. It was literally a week of miracles. Starting off on Wednesday.
Zone Conference: Wednesday we had a Zone Conference and it was the first Zone Conference of the new year and it was awesome! We set a baptism goal for the mission and the mission has a baptism goal of 2000 people! Man it was really awesome and I learned a lot of stuff, especially about the importance of remembering that I'm a representative of Jesus Christ and how we should act around others. Yes we are young adults and we like to goof around, but we must remember our calling.
Baptisms Guazu: There were 5 baptisms this weekend in the branch where I serve and 5 confirmations too. It was a week of miracles. I'll tell you now who they are and their names.
Eva Rodriguez: Eva is an awesome women. She is 60 years old, the one with the glasses, and I had the opportunity to baptize her. We went into the water and the first thing that she did was thank God and then me for the opportunity she had to get baptized. I remember the first day we walked to her door just a month ago and she told us how sad she was and how she was looking for happiness, and then she thanked us that day because we were smiling so much haha. I'm really grateful for her and for the opportunity I have to be a part of her life. She definitely has found happiness and I'm happy for her.
Ana Maria: Ana Maria is a girl that at first didn't want anything to do with the church, she went one Sunday and told us that our church didn't have any vigor. We kept stopping by and she decided to go one Sunday again and she told us that she loves how nice the members are in the church and she told us that members in her other church always called her bad names because she has a couple health problems. She is awesome and I love her very much and I also baptized her right after Eva. She really has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and she loves the church and she will now have the opportunity to be happy always.
Maria: This is the different Maria and she is the pregnant one in the picture. Two of us baptized her, Elder Goodell and I. I just helped bring her up really and she is awesome too. She always smiles at church when she sees us and talks to the members. She is pretty young, but she will have the chance to grow in the church and raise her child with great principles.
Mabel: Mabel is the little girl that got baptized with Eva, Ana Maria, and Maria. She does not talk Spanish, only Gaurani. I had a hard time doing her baptism interview because she didn't talk Spanish haha. I had to talk in Guarani and ask for help from a member of the church. She is an awesome girl and I'm glad she had the chance to be baptized with her sister.
Belen: Belen was the only member of her family that wasn't a member of the church. The first time we asked her if she wanted to get baptized she told us she would never get baptized, it is awesome how God changes peoples hearts. She is the one that got baptized by herself Friday instead of Saturday and Elder Evans baptized her. Belen is awesome and I have really seen the change in her as she started going to church and receiving a testimony of the church. That testimony led her to the waters of baptism, and it was an awesome day.
Torta time: Torta means cake. Elder Evans and I made a GIANT cake. We cut it into really small pieces to feed everyone and you can see by the pictures how many people were there in the room. It was great and I cut the cake with elder Goodell and we had a lot of fun doing it.
My dear family and friends that are reading this letter from Elder Jessop. I want you all to know that I love you all very much. I've been gone for about 8 months and I've had several great experiences. I gave a talk in church yesterday and I talked about what missionaries do and about the hardships of the mission and the rejection and the people who don't accept us, or throw rocks at us, or whatever else you can think of. Then I started talking about the people that do accept and how that makes it all worth it. It really does. Every second is worth it for those people who accept because if I wasn't here they might not have accepted. I love you all very much and I hope you have a great week.
Also, Elder Evans cut my hair, that's why it looks TERRIBLE.
Love you all