This week was another tough week, but it's all good. Like you already know, we spent a few days in Bogota for a training. They make us go up to Bogota quite a bit for how big of a pain it is. We all have to take a flight up there and spend like 3 days out of our area. But i'ts all good, Bogota is cool and the trainings are always great.
During this training the presidente talked a lot about our studies and how to make them better, and more focused on our investigators. It was pretty cool. President Baquerizo and his wife ALWAYS give really good trainings. We learned a lot about how to organize our study time better and more efficiently to get the most out of it. He used the example of Moses when he received the law from the Lord. He had to "climb the mountain" to speak with the Lord. The law wasn't just a "hey this could work...ah maybe this is better." He had to climb the mountain, and spend a ton of time up there to make sure they got the perfect thing. Then he used the example of Alma and Amulek. It says that before they went out to teach the people, they spent a lot of time in the house preparing. So the President explained that every morning during our studies, we need to be climbing the mountain in our studies to make sure we are planning exactly what our investigators need. He used the phrase "receive the revelation first, and then go out to share it with the people." I liked it a lot. Real nice training.
Then we got back from Bogota, and we were missing half of our stuff, and we still didn't have a phone. HECK. So we just tried to endure this week. It was tough because a lot of appointments fell through that we would have known about if we had a phone, so we spent a LOT of time walking around, haha. We even spent 2 days STRAIGHT knocking doors, and with not a lot of success, hahaha. We are entering the rainy season so maybe the rain is freezing peoples hearts, because dang, we don't have much. But the truth is, I don't feel all that bad about this week. Although our success was low, we worked hard and diligently so I can't be mad. We just gotta keep going and not mess around to make sure we do the best with the little time we have.
The real good news is that the Zone Leaders flew down to Leticia today, and they managed to get a hold of our bags. So we have all of our stuff back. YYEESSS. We were stressing out a ton over them and we got everything back and all is well so we are pumped.
Today for P Day we went back into Brazil to buy some cheap groceries. It was good as usual. I got to practice my Portuguese, although it's not very good. Haha, one lady goes "Do you speak Spanish?" and I said yeah and she went, "I'll understand your Spanish," so I must not have sounded very good, hahaha. I can't complain, it's coming and I'm not really studying so it's all good.
Happy birthday shout out to my bro Collin. Love you dude, you are number one. Just so you know, being 18 doesn't mean you are an adult. You can still do stupid crap, but you just can't get caught.
Thanks, Ma! I don't know if you received a call from anyone yet, but there is a guy from Texas who is headed down here on a fishing trip and wants to bring us some stuff down. I gave him your number so you could talk to him. All the elders down here were thinking some homemade American stuff like cookies and scotcheroos would be super rad. But you really don't have to send anything if you don't want. I know you guys have already sent a ton of stuff. Thanks for the write, love you!
Love - Elder Leishman
Tanner and his new companion, Elder Pond