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Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017 – Wow

So this week as usual we had some awesome lessons with Jose and saw some amazing faith from him. Also we taught Jorge a couple times and he is doing super well. 

We taught Jose 3 times this week and each one was super
Elder Cannon and Elder Miles
cool. We have started teaching him some of the commandments and each time we have taught one he's just like "okay I'll do it." We taught him the 10 Commandments, Keep the Sabbath Day Holy, and the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom lesson with him was especially cool. We were a little nervous about what he would think of the Word of Wisdom because he had told us several times that he drinks a lot of coffee. Well we started to teach him and he was a little surprised. He told us " I had never known that God asked us not to drink coffee but that won't be a problem. I can give that up in a day." He went on to tell us that he had given up smoking so coffee shouldn't even be difficult. That was on Saturday. I thought this was so cool. It showed so much faith on his part. As soon as he learned that God commanded us to not drink coffee he was willing to do it in an instant. In the same lesson Jose told us that he has been working late recently so that way he can come to church on Sunday. #SabbathDayHoly

Then on Sunday his biggest fellowship, Hno Martinez, invited him and us over for dinner with his family. It was probably the most perfect dinner/lesson that we could have had with Jose. Hno Martinez had invited some other of his family over and so it was a full house and the spirit in the house was so cool. We spent like 35 minutes during dinner talking about different types of bananas. The Martinez family is from Ecuador and that's where most of the bananas are grown. We also ate this cool food called seco do pollo. It was this chicken boiled in this really tasty broth then put over some rice with fried bananas on top of it (that's how we started talking about bananas). Then as dinner was wrapping up all of the relatives left and it was just us with Jose and the Martinez family. 

For the message we shared President Monson's talk on the Word of Wisdom from the Priesthood session in October. Church that day had been all about prophets so we thought it would be cool to show Jose a video of the prophet. After we watched the video we talked a little about General Conference and Hno Martinez invited to take Jose to Utah for the October Conference!! It was so cool! Jose is basically a member he just hasn't been baptized yet. He's been to church 5 times now and has learned so much! He told us again this week that he was going to be baptized he just kinda hoped to have some of his family here. 

The Elders with the Wenatchee Stake Presidency
Mission President Lewis is on the far left
Also this week Jose has read from 2 Nephi 29 to Alma 11. That's like 50 chapters! He is loving reading the Book of Mormon. He said that along with his reading that he will listen to it as he works! He puts in headphones and listens to it and then he goes back and reads it. He also takes notes in a little journal as he reads. He has definitely figured out how to study. 

Jorge also came to church on Sunday. He's been doing well. He doesn't have a whole lot of knowledge about anything religious so we've been working really slowly with him. This week we focused a lot on just making sure he knew how to pray. This week somehow we ended up talking about the resurrection and how we will have perfect bodies that are without sickness, and since he has to go get dialysis 3 times a week this gave him a lot of hope. I could see it in his eyes and it was so cool. He had a big smile on Sunday, which was super awesome.

Also this weekend was transfers but I get to stay another transfer in Wenatchee with Elder Cannon!!!!!!!!! By the end of this transfer I will have spent 7ish months here in Wenatchee, which I ain't even mad about. The ward here is so cool and they have done a fantastic job at welcoming all of the people that have come to church. I love it here in Wenatchee and I'm excited to stay here!

This week also we ran this trail for workout one morning. It's called Saddle Rock. It was pretty short but it was fairly steep. The top gave a really cool view of the Wenatchee Valley. 
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Elder Miles

Washington Yakima Mission

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