Wow! It sounds like everyone is jumping right into summer. Which is good, it`s nice to have things to do. I`m glad that Dad, Jacob, Isaac, and Joseph could have a fun time at the father and sons' campout. It`s so great that they are having experiences in helping others.
Also Mom I`m much more impressed with all the work you`ve been doing with your family history. We`ve been trying very hard to help people find names to take to the temple, but almost no one knows the birthdates of their own parents, so we go little by little. haha =)
This week has been super jam packed with the great stake conferance that we had. Elder Calderón, an area president, came and spoke to us to commemorate the ten year anniversary of Babahoyo as a stake. It was so powerful to hear him speak and he had lots of good advice for us. He talked to us a lot about learning our duty. He read D&C 43:8 and said this is the reason we have conferences. To learn what we need to DO. He said that about 7 or 8 times. He also talked to us a lot about how we need to study the manuals of the church and know what we need to do before we try to do it.
Our stake Relief Society president talked about understanding the gospel and our duty. She shared a stroy about a sister who dreamed that her husband had bought her a nice diamond necklace and then shared the dream with her husband and asked him, ´´What do you think that could possibly mean?´´ He responded "you`ll see," and came home with a large box. The wife got really excited, opened the box, and inside found a book called ``A guide to dream interpreting``. I think that is a great example of how we need to understand the gospel before we can do our duty.
Before the conference the asistants to the president were in town and needed a place to sleep, so they stayed in our house W. The new assistant is Elder Shephard, my old Zone leader from Vinces, so that was really fun to see him again. We went to play basketball in the morning and I scored one basket on Elder Rydalch. (He is the 6´6´´ basketball player that`s going to start for the U next year.) I know it was just a one time deal, but I felt pretty acomplished. ;)
That was my week! I hope that you all keep safe and happy and enjoy your summer! I`ll be thinking about you all!
Lots of Love,
Elder Hales =)