This week was a great one, a lot of cool things happened, one of which, a little crazy, we hit the 3 month mark! wow that went fast, one eighth of the way done, interesting...
but it was a good week.
I really am picking up the spanish now, really am thankful for this opportunity of living with 3 other missionaries that don´t speak english, it really has been a blessing, we are learning a lot together elder areas and I, both in the languages, and in the gospel, we study really well together now, better than before, for a couple reasons.
we talked more about our lives before the mission, which we never really did in depth, i guess main because i didnt speak spanish before ;) but really it has been good getting to know eachother better, we get along better than before now, i learned that he was a stud before the mission
he served as the young mens president in his ward, his counselors were two return missionaries that were pretty unhelpful, so he had a lot on his plate, then he was called as the ward mission leader at the same time, then he was assigned to be the teacher of preach my gospel class, so im telling you dad, you, Kenny Carson, and Zach Burton, have it easy with only that one calling ;) hahahaha tell them that for me please!
i also learned more about his difficulties of getting on a mission, his family had some really tough challenges, Elder areas basically kept the family active, his older brother was going to serve a mission but ended up getting married last minute, so he had to be the example for his little bro, he always told himself he would serve a mission, and i am so grateful for his faith and example, because he is here now, serving the lord with all his heart might mind and strength... and im trying to speak spanish ;) haha but really its been great!
We had a great training session from our zone leaders on how we can have a stronger impact on investigators using the SPIRIT. we made a list of things we can change to be better, fasted for our investigators, and saw results in a matter of days. we ended up having 15 investigators come to church this week, which is one of our highs I believe, a couple family member were absent that we wanted there, but we are working with them. i am really feeling like our change in the little things is helping us in the work. we found 2 new families this week as well which was awesome, we are going to start working with them right away. we have 3 baptismal dates, i believe all of them will go through, the 31st of this month should be a big day for paraiso oriental! :) yeah!
also we went shopping today, and the christmas stuff was all decked out in the ´´sirena´´ or domincan walmart, and the christmas radio was on, and i was seriously on the edge of tears... its gonna be wierd having christmas in 80 degree weather, but im looking forward to trying new things i guess ;)
all is well here in paraiso (paradise) i miss you guys tons, but honestly am starting to get lost in the work, which helps me keep the home sickness away, except for sundays and any time we sing families can be together forever... that one always gets me, but its so true, familes are eternal, and im more than happy to share that message for 2 years, its a product that no one can say no to :) i made that up on my own thanks ;) hehe
i love you all, i pray for you everyday, stay hot, it will be harder for you than it will for me ;) hehe
CON MUCHO AMOR!
learning to cook DR food during FHE on monday night
also endulged myself with some more greenie package candy :) thanks again mom
elder auger and elder areas ´´tienen flow´´ or they have swag ;) haha our zone shirts, pretty rad indeed ;) hahahaha
Picture and letter from Colton's Mission Pres:
Dear Brother and Sister Auger:
We are pleased to welcome your son to the Santo Domingo East Mission. Attached is a picture we took with him after the first day of training and an interview with President Corbitt.
We look forward to a deep and abiding association with your son. He will have many opportunities to teach, serve, lead and train as he obediently and diligently acts in the privileged capacity of a missionary in the Lord’s church.
We are grateful for the support you give to him. It is very important to his peace and emotional well being.
In our mission we strive for unity in developing the attributes of our Savior so that we may humbly represent Him and have His spirit. We look forward with an eye of faith as we follow President Nelson’s counsel to begin with the end in mind* for each missionary as well as for those they teach and serve.
President and Sister Ahmad S. Corbitt
*Church News June 24, 2014 Begin Missionary Work with the End in Mind.