December 1, 2014, INDPENDENCE

The news you have all been waiting for...

I'm in Independencia 1 (the La Libertad stake... still I'm going to spend my last 6 changes, 72 weeks, in this stake)

My companion (my last one) is Elder Perez he is from the state of Mexico (about 3 hours drive from Puebla) really far away ;)

Well I don't have much time to write so I'll be quick.

We are opening the area so we have been spending the last few days trying to learn what is around us. We still don't really know where anything is so we have been getting lost a little (just once so far). We have only found one of the investigators that the other elders had and we put a baptismal date with her for the 20th of December. She also came to church on Sunday (she has now come 4 times from what we can tell). Her name is M*. We have already found a miracle here. 

I'll try to see what I can do for Christmas in order to get a call set up. I hope I can get a laptop or do it in a members house. 

Elder Jason Blanding.

President Christensen;

So this week we haven't had very much time to do missionary "work" and the little time we have had hasn't been very productive because we are still trying to learn the area. Elder Medrano took a little time on Saturday to show us around (he took us to visit a few members). We already have a baptismal date for the 20th and she came to church on Sunday (making it 4 times now). I really hope that she continues progressing towards her date, her name is M*. 

Elder Perez is great I couldn't have hoped for a better companion to finish my mission. He is eager to learn and willing to try new things. I just need to tell him what to do and he does it. I need to help him take his own initiative and not wait until I tell him to do something but it is a really good place to start. 

Elder Blanding