Hola from Hollister :)
This week was ok until Friday morning when it became sad. We arrived at the little home of Marcia to pick her up to take her to her baptismal interview - when she informed us that she wasn't going to be baptized this Sunday as was planned. A phone call with her very Catholic mother and a comment that she took offense (A big problem in the branch) to from a member put a stop to that. I reminded her of the progress we've seen in her - she is a very guarded lady, she wouldn't even answer our questions when we began to meet with her and her member niece, but in our time teaching her she has opened up quite a bit and even prays out loud with us after not even knowing how to pray a few weeks ago. She agreed to continue meeting with us after our chat and we have confidence that she will still be baptized here in a few weeks. She is an uneducated lady (she can't read), but is very sweet and is in touch with the Spirit.
Speaking of in touch with the spirit, there is a recent convert here, Porfirio, who was baptized the day before I got here, is a spiritual giant. When ever you talk with him you can't help but to feel good. He lives in a shack next to the field where he works, and he is a very humble man. After meeting with him the other day, I was saying the closing prayer and I asked for us to feel the Savior's love and immediately I just felt super warm and happy. It was nice.
One other experience this week was we were just about to get in our car after dark when we see this scary looking guy wearing black, baggy clothes and this crazy beard walking up to us. We both got a little nervous, but to our pleasant surprise, he only asked if he could have a B.OM:) He smelled strongly of Marajuana, but he was still able to carry on a nice gospel conversation and we are going by his place tomorrow. We will probably have to give him to the English missioinaries, but he seemed like a pretty cool guy. Thanks Mom for the story of Lizzie Shrout, she sounds like she was a special lady. It is good to here missionary success stories. Thank you James Mcarthur:) Hope this e-mail finds everyone doing well,
Love Elder Flake
Good to here from you! You sound so grown up! Being the man of the house, fixing cars and all that Jazz:) That's crazy you prayed in front of 5,000 people! I'm sad to hear Ely is not doing so hot:( The brakes went out when I was driving him too once:) I stopped about a foot away from another car after pumping the brakes and gearing down and any other thing I could think of to stop. God is good:) So you're in auto shop, huh? What other electives are you in? Who are you hangin out with? You're going to have to take me and mi companero rock climbing when we get back. Elder Simmons is a pretty cool dude. The other day he climbed a drain pipe on the side of a thirty foot building to the roof for kicks. He's a crazy dude. crazier than me even;)
So you reading the D&C dude? It's got some great missionary tips in there. I hope you are taking Seminary more serious than I did. It will help you a ton, trust me. Oh ya, I saw on Nick's e-mail that you were #1 on his list of guys to date his Sister Hannah, ha ha bro, way to be:) You've got a good rep - Keep it Up! Take care of Elias and the last baby turtle and Moma and Papa and the hood for me! Love you bro!