This might be the result of some hard work.....or then again from the "pole dancing".(when Larry saw this picture he thought Jaydan looked an awful lot like himself)
Jaydan had divisions and was with Elder Robledo from Argentina. Jaydan really like him and thinks he's cool. He said they "tore it up". Everything that was planned for the division fell through but these guys were still able to teach and bunch of lessons and find some good people and got more contacts. They had really good numbers. Jaydan said that he and Elder Robledo just mixed together good...good work...unity (which is crucial in the mission and what Jaydan and his comp struggle with~Jaydan said that)
There are 2 soccer teams in Uruguay that seem to win the cup every year. They are Nacional "Bolso"and Penarol "Manya". They found a family that had like 1000 things of Nacional. (no joke) So Jaydan started asking questions about that to get them talking. When him and Elder Robledo first got to the door the wife had told them that her husband, Pablo, didn't really like the missionaries and Jaydan said that's okay a lot of people don't. Then he invited themselves in to visit. She let them in after Jaydan asked her a second time. Pablo acted kind of bitter at first until Jaydan brought up the Nacional and then he got super excited. They talked about soccer for awhile and then they taught him about the plan of salvation. The wife had recently lost her mother and also some siblings and was hurting of course. When the missionaries were leaving Pablo said: "I honestly don't know how you did it but you two are the first people to ever enter my house. Others like you always come by and I never let them in but I don't know how you guys did it." Jaydan plans on going back soon and visiting Pablo again. He said it was a huge lift for him since the other things they had planned had fallen through. Jaydan also said: "that's what happens when you buckle down and are diligent."
The family that Jaydan talked about last week is coming right along. The dad is working hard so that he can baptize his son Bruno. Bruno is only 9 but reads everything all the time. He understands it too maybe even better than most investigators. Jaydan is already thinking what a great future missionary Bruno will be. Bruno would read everything the missionaries asked his parents to read. He reads the Bible and the Book of Mormon outside and his friends would see him and make fun of him but he didn't care and just kept on reading. This was happening before the missionaries were even teaching him and before he ever went to Church....back when his parents were having problems. Just an awesome kid!
Then another guy named Darci, can't go to Church anymore because his wife thinks that he is going just to see another woman because he wanted to buy a new white shirt and tie to wear so he could look nicer. The missionaries talked to him and told him to just keep doing the good things that he has been doing. Jaydan said he is so ready. His wife works at the Hospital and isn't able to go to Church. The missionaries challenged him to start from the beginning of the Book of Mormon and just read every day. Darci said he would and that he would be done with it next Sunday when Jaydan and his comp come back. "WWWOOOO!!!!! this guy is super sick"(I think that means awesome) Jaydan just hopes that his wife will trust him and let him go to Church.
Jaydan said that they have a lot of good people that just need to step over one little thing to make it. So there's a lot of good potential investigators.
Thanksgiving doesn't exist over there. Just Christmas and maybe Valentines (Jaydan's birthday) and so those are Jaydans 2 favorite holidays.
Thee Elder Ropelato