Wow we have the best looking family around I'd say :) And there are so many events that will be happening that our lives will be spinning I feel like. Tell Bre that those ribs look scrumpcious. I am ready to work again. I also am interested in applying for GNC so I can start putting my foot in the door with nutrition. Sister Norma that was baptized worked at GNC in the USA and I am going to ask her this weekend in general conference what she did and all of that jazz. And I don't know that missionary but maybe I have seen him in the MTC when I was there! How is the work going for our ward? It'll be fun to start to prep Kolten for his mission and all of that as well. What a blessing. I have plans to go out with the missionaries.. (along with Ryan) so he can be a great missionary. This is the work of the Lord. I know it. And I will work my pants off so that I can give fruit of repentance :) General Conference will give me a lot of answers to my prayers I feel like this week. This week is busy because today is pday, then tomorrow we have a multi-zone conference with President, then a zone capacitation on Wednesdaye, then Thursday and Friday are normal, then General Conference basically all of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:O I will be receiving a lot of instrucctions! :D
I love you guys. Elder Cramer
I baptized Hermana Norma Ofelia Vargas Martinez on Saturday. She is the person that dreamed about me and so she asked if i could baptize her. It was special :)
My companion, elder vega, and i playing with the balloons that you gave me for my birthday :)
I didn't even know the date yet I was thinking the 10th but even better the 17th :) But yeah 7 weeks seems like such little time when you really think about it. I am trying to give it all on these last few days. I am still with Elder Vega for at least 4 more weeks. I finished his training now so that should be fun because we can leave the house at 11am instead of 12 in the afternoon :) I hope we can see a lot of success. The ward is starting to progress here because when I came we had only 70 members going and now this last Sunday we had 100 that was awesome to see :D We are working a lot more with the members and so that is always more fun to have the support and those wonderful testimonies that come as we teach families! I really want to try and baptize a family before I go.. That would be awesome :D But I feel like I am really enjoying the mission and I am trying to be perfected in Christ (using the atonement :D)
But I am going to send a few photos of what has been going on with me.. Here are two stories that have really impacted me this last 2 weeks.
1) While I was in the church in the 2nd hour.. A lady named Norma asked me a kind of odd question.. She asked me "Do you like football?" I answered a little off guard "Yes I used to play American football.." Then she sat back in her chair thinking. Later on in the class we were talking about the spirit.. She raised her hand and said.. "I know the spirit exists.. 3 months ago when I was in Colorado, USA I had a dream that I was in this exact room and I talked to this Elder (pointing to me) and I saw his face and he told me that he liked football and then he gave me a treasure that was more beautiful than any other treasure."
That almost made me cry when that sister told us all that. Just by being here in the exact moment I had answered a dream or something. Now this investigator (that is taking the lessons with the other elders) has a baptismal date and told me that she know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ.. :)
2) The other story is that we were walking to our house the other day a little down because an investigator just got done telling us that she is 100% Catholic and the church doesn't interest her. And then we heard a noise coming from a window and a lady that was in a wheel chair was trying to get our attention. She explained "I was just praying that God would send me my angel missionaries again because I was going to the church before in another place and I felt so alone.. I cannot move, I cannot do anything and I felt prompted to come to the window and wait. Now that you are here when can you visit me and help me go to church again?" We felt the spirit once again and I know God prepares the hearts of the people when we are trying to live worthily!
Here is the one with the woman who had the dream.
Here is a photo of a family that we are teaching. They were going to the
church in arizona before. Karla and he little daughter went to church on sunday with us! :)
Here is an active family that always helps us with the work!
Last night we have an alacran (scorpion) in our house haha. It made me double check
the house to make sure there are no more lurking around! Here is a
Here is a photo of a family that helps us in the work as
well and on the right side is Hermana Nancy that will be reactived this next sunday when she goes to church!
This week was really good because we found a few new families to teach and we found a house to change into so we should be changing houses on Wednesday if all goes good as planned! We had a meeting with all our our council of the 2 stakes in Durango and with President Flores and with Elder Lopez of the 70. They are really pushing the wards to work harder and to fill our agendas with people to teach. We are trying to raise the bar of lessons we teach to be able to baptize every week. That is the new goal for the mission. It will be hard but i know we can do it if we all work together! I had exchanges for one day and we contacted a woman that asked us about the church. We taught her the Restoration and she understood it a ton! She was like "oh so Joseph Smith received the keys that Pedro had before he died." and she accepted a baptismal date for February and she committed to go to the church. I felt the spirit real strong and I knew all that what we are teaching is true. Too bad it was for the other area! But she did go to church on Sunday and her 2 nieces as well. It was rewarding to see even though it was not for our side of the ward! :)
But this week we want to move in, make a lot of new investigators and more than anything help them go to church to feel the spirit and prepare to be baptized. One companion that was in the Missionary Training Center with me said that the offices told him that the day we leave is the 10th of April. That is not confirmed but that is what day I am thinking that I will be coming back. Just in time to see the little guy (Vanessa's baby)! :)
I know this is the truth and I want to continue to work hard and have success and do the best that I can!!