¡¡¡Holaaaaa!!! Well, last week we weren't able to email, or have p-day, due to the holidays. Kind of a gip, I know. BUT, its all good! I was able to focus a little bit more. So... quite a lot has happened over the last semana and a half! I have been keeping on my comp and sometimes literally, dragging him around. We have been really starting to work, and the blessings are showing. We have been walking a ton, mostly hiking in my area, and we've been teaching quite a lot! We have been teaching Claudio for about 2 weeks, and he is AWESOME. He has SO much faith in our Savior, and this last Saturday, the 8th, he showed it in the best way anyone could: He was baptized. :) Yesterday he received the Holy Ghost in Sacrament meeting, and he couldn't be happier! He is 51 years old, doesn't have a family of his own, yet, and had problems with the Word of Wisdom and Chastity, but he gave it all up to follow Christ. We also had been teaching another investigator, Magda, this last week as well. To make a long story short, she also showed her faith in Christ by being baptized last Saturday as well!!! They both wanted me to perform the ordinance, so.. I baptized them both! How amazing!? Man, it was such a good day! However, with every "first baptism" comes a story! So... hahah, here goes. They both passed their interview, but they had to talk with the Mission President. We were both pretty nervous that they wouldn't be able to be baptized! Phew, they passed. So, come the night of their baptism, the program starts, and the time comes for the baptisms. So I get in the water with Claudio first. I say the prayer, dunk him, and afterwards my ZL Elder Sperry tells me that his tie came up. Awesome. So, we do it again, but this time I say the prayer wrong (without dunking him)! Crud. Sooo... Finally, I did it all correctly, and he was baptized and cleansed from all previous sin. Next up is Magda, and I asked her for her full name and she told me: Magda Tejada Zevallos. I say the prayer perfectly with her name, but before I dunk her my ZL tells me "bro, she has 4 names." What?? Um, okay, so he tells me: Magda IRENE Tejada Zevallos. So I do it again. This time, I pronounce "Tejada" wrong. Goodness!! SO, now I baptize her correctly with the full name, the correct pronunciation, and the right prayer. Por fin! Hahaha, I just gotta laugh about it, because the night before I had a crazy weird/bad dream about my baptisms. I totally forgot the prayer, and one of our investigators disappeared! So I think that kind of messed me up a bit. But all is well! Its good timing for Magda because she is moving to Chiclayo today! So, hopefully the missionaries there will teach her 3 kids well, and they can all one day be sealed as a family! My first baptisms! And not only that, we have another this Saturday with the mother of Claudio! She is in her 70's, and mainly speaks Quechua. She understands Spanish, OK, but that's why we have Claudio translating for us! We haven't been able to find Ronald, but we will keep trying to find him to baptize him either this week or the next. We only have 2 weeks left in this change! How weird? Also just yesterday, we taught Hermana Flor who is a devout Catholic. We taught her about Christ and the Book of Mormon, and then about the Restoration. We taught her perfectly. If we hadn't have taught her the way we did, she wouldn't have accepted a baptismal date for the 22nd, the FIRST time we taught her! She has 2 kids, one that is 9, Luis Angel, and 17, Kevin. We are hoping to baptize Luis with his mom, but I don't know about Kevin yet. We have yet to talk with him. Oh man! And apart from these people, there are a TON more to baptize! I want more time here in Puno. This Thursday we have interviews with the President and on Friday we have our Multi-Zone Conference. I will be able to see my comp from the CCM, Elder Denhalter! I hope that he is doing okay, and that the language is coming along for him. I will be asking for more time I think in my interview because we finally have success. Anyway I don't have much time! I love all of you so much. Keep me in your prayers like you are doing! I truly am feeling them. Thank you for your emails! And Mom, thank you for the Gilberts email, I cant wait to get the newsletter! Please send me pictures! Geez! And send that letter dad! Also, in the next package, I could benefit from a lint roller. Also, mom, have you called Debby Eggleston? If not get on it! Here's her number again: 8012326970. I love this work. I love my mission so much! Cant wait to hear from ALL of you! I'll send pictures later! Cordially, Elder Christensen
Some of the people that came to watch the baptism.
Sunset, we rarely get these!
Happy New Year!