Monday, January 3, 2011

Patience and Diligence

Hey everyone how´s it going? Well this last week was pretty interesting to say the least. Let´s just say it was a test of patience and diligence. Daniela got confirmed yesterday which was great. She´s doing well and really starting to change her life around which is great to see. We went to her mom, Maria, and tried to take out a baptismal date with her and the less active she´s living with and let´s just say that it went pretty rough to say the least. We had a few suggetions of what they could do so that she can get baptized now instead of waiting 6 or 8 months and hoping that a bunch of other things haven´t happened to distract her and it doesn´t ever end up happening. Well they didn´t really like that idea too much and to make the long story short we just ended up dropping her cause she´s not really progressing and will not progress for a long time. We´ve already done everything we can, taught her everything, the only thing she falts is baptism. Besides her almost everyone else has fallen too. We were gonna have two baptisms this coming sunday the 26th but now it´s looking like we´re going to have to push them back cause they didn´t make it to church. Their the baptisms of 2 kids, Franklin and Tobias, who are sons of less active members. They´re going good though, they just need to make it to church and they´ll be set and at the same time we´re hoping it´ll help to activate the family and get them more involved. Besides them 2 we don´t really have many other people. We went out and started doing a bunch of contacts but it didn´t result in anything. We did 180 contacts and taught 5 lessons the entire week which is not that good of a ratio. Before we were doing about 100 contacts and teaching around 20 to 25 lessons a week if not more. We´re hoping that this week turns out better and we get back on track cause since I´ve got here we´ve started working hard with Elder Thomas and things we´re getting a lot better. Now we´ve fallen a little bit and need to lift ourselves back up. This week is the last week of the transfer too so we´re hoping to end well finding a bunch of new people to get back to where we were and see more success here in Dorrego. Today we found a really cool guy names Miguel. We had knocked his door yesterday and talked to his younger brother, then we went back this morning and Miguel was there. He let us in and we were able to teach him the Restoration and take out a baptismal date for the 9th of Jan!! Hopefully we keep going like this and keep improving. Things are good overall in Dorrego. Frustrating at times, but good. I´m gonna be calling on sat at 6 PM local time here which will be around 2 at home if I´m not mistaken. Thanks for all the love and support. Keep praying for us down here cause we need it!!! Con amor
-Elder Nicholas Gaughan

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