This week started out pretty uneventful as we did our part in the office. I have thought many times that now that I am retired I really don’t want to do all the stuff that I used to do while I was working. Well, after 38 years in the business world I now get to do it in Spanish. And let me tell you, my Spanish isn’t good enough to keep things going. So far, I don’t think I have bought or sold anything that I shouldn’t have. We got things pretty much under control on Tuesday so we could go see some missionaries.
|We stayed in a hotel in Treinte Y Tres. Here Vanna is|
showing off the fancy TV.
|Elders Ruiz and Perez picking lemons from their back yard tree|
So, Saturday is supposed to be our P-day or the day we rest up and prepare for the week. This lasted until about 11:00 A. M. as we got up and cleaned the house, ironed shirts and got ready to do our weekend Capilla Abierta program. We took off for Sarandi del Yi about 11:30 A. M. and met the missionaries in Durazno at 3:00 P.M. It was after 4:00 P.M. when we arrived at the chapel. We were really looking forward to this Capilla Abierta as the Ward was really enthusiastic a couple of weeks ago when we did our presentation. We were not disappointed. They were just finishing up with a convert baptism when we arrived so there was a real good crowd. After we set up the displays we had a little prayer meeting to start the open house. The Chapel was pretty much filled and the people were really excited to help. We had eight sisters and four elders to help with the tours. They did a good job but for the most part just sat back and assisted the ward members. All of the ward auxiliaries had displays of their various organizations. We have not seen it done better. The members were front and center in helping with everything. The food was incredible as we learned of two of three new ways to prepare treats. So we had a sell-out crowd and a great time. There were 19 investigators that attended. We were scheduled to finish at 8:00 P. M. but there were more people that wanted to do the tour. And then all of the ward members wanted a picture in front of the Christus statue so we were quite a bit later than expected. The picture with me and the Bishopric is a prized possession and one that I will treasure as one of highlights of our mission. We still had at least two hours of driving to get to our hotel but instead of getting in too much of a hurry we realized that this was exactly why we came to Uruguay. To help share the Gospel with the people of Uruguay. So after we loaded up the stuff we had a one hour trip to Durazno to drop off the Elders and then another hour round trip to take four Sisters out to Trinidad. It was a wonderful day and one that we will always remember. We got to bed about midnight.
Which was fine except we had to be up at 6:00 A.M. to make our appointment to do the Capilla Abierta presentation in La Paz at 9:30 A. M. So we slept fast and had a real pleasant early morning drive. We were looking forward to the visit to La Paz as they have had some baptisms lately and were pretty enthusiastic. We were not disappointed. They had over 100 people attending including a man that was baptized last night and confirmed in Sacrament meeting. A recent convert gave a talk in Sacrament meeting and there were several investigators in Church. You could feel the enthusiasm. We expect another good Capilla Abierta in two weeks.
We finished off the week with a great Argentine/Uruguayan tradition: the siesta. And I have to mention that the Lemon bars were excellent.
|The end of a perfect day|
We love you all.
Gordon and Renee