Companero- Elder Zapata
Oliver is freaking SHREDDED!!! How did he get sooo shredded? hahaha I miss that kid. Tell him happy birthday!!! ALL the girls are gonna be chasing him in middle school. Seriously what a stud. I hope he's good at surfing now also!! Haahah but seriously you guys have been the best parents someone could ask for. Especially in the example you set as a married couple. And always putting the family first. because there's a lot of people that don't do that. And its soooo important!!! And Dad I think your gonna be stake pres. hahaha no Idk I'll pray for you!! I also want to work with the young men when I get older.
Hey dad, hows your job as a partner in the firm now? Way better. Its amazing to see the blessings you guys have received. That when we were in the bay area we thought it was the worst thing ever that dad got laid off. But it has turned out to be one of the biggest blessings. We live in San Diego right next to the beach. And Dad is ALWAYS there for dinner! they are blessings that are so important!!!
This week was also amazing. SOLEDAD JAVIERA and CARLA GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!! It was suppperrr spiritual and she cried right after for like an hour because she has finally arrived. There were soooo many obstacles in the way of her baptism and she kept her faith and completed. Her husband left her with her four kids abandoned. and didn't pay anything towards them. So they lost their house and ended up living in the street for two weeks with four kids under the age of 12 all of them. Until her mom finally let her and her family stay in her house for a little bit. but they had a small corner to live in. Then they met with the sis missionaries there and she started to investigate the church. She then finally found rent in our sector and rented a few rooms from a house. And we arrived and told us that she really loved the things that they had taught her. We taught her everything. She went to the conference and just cried during the prophets talk and said she had received her testimony that he really is a prophet. Then she made the decision to be baptized. As she made that decision, her parents stopped helping her pay rent and the owner wanted to kick her out her house the day before the baptism, and on the day of she was throwing up, with fever and we went by and she said she wasn't going to be able to be baptized. But then she called us at like 12:30 and told us I'm on my way. I NEED to get baptized!!! so we were like alright hurry fill up the font!!!!!!! HURRY hahah cuz her baptism was at 1. And she arrived and was baptized. And now we are just praying that she receives peace and calm with her family and that she will receive blessings from the decision she made. It was hard for her but she did it. and it was amazing to see the happiness she had being baptized and having a ward family there to support her. She cried and cried. It was super spiritual.
And that was an amazing experience and its experiences like that, that make it worth the pain of the mission. Also the blessings we receive personally and in our family are amazing. Sometimes its just so hard, but the special moments and the blessings just make it worth it.
I will try try to send pics, but this comp. is suuuperrrrr ghetto. so Idk if Ill be able to next week I will send the pics of the baptism!!!!!!