We finally met with a member called Paulo. He's Italian but he grew up in Venezuela. He now lives here and he's been a member for about a year. He's gone inactive and he's drinking and smoking heavily and he wants to come to church and to continue meeting with us. We are going to try to work with him and help him with the Addiction Recovery Program. He needs to get divorced so he can marry the girl he is living with. She is very sweet and really helps him out for which he is very grateful. She's not a member of the church and she has some interest so she is a possible investigator and his two sons have some interest. We are excited to start meeting with them and hopefully work with them.
The family from Belgium that we meet with, they invited us over for Christmas dinner so we are really excited. It sounds like they are going to put a lot of work into it. We are meeting with them every week. It takes a long time to get out there, but its really worth it. We really love them and they are awesome. They put a lot of work into making a new Belgium dish every week so we can try it. Its always super good. The husband has issues with the church. They drink very lightly – once or twice a month they have a little bit of wine or beer, so we have to work on that. The wife really wants to go to the temple. She is excited to go, but the husband has some issues that we have to work on so they can go. It was kinda funny on Sunday – the bishop and the ward mission leader decided they are going to be home teachers for this family. She asked, “Does this mean you guys aren't going to come anymore?” We told them no, that we need to keep working with her husband and we love them and want to help. She was so relieved. I'm so glad to know they really like our visits.
Juan is doing really good. He is in France for the weekend, getting back today. We are trying to do a noche de hogar with him and some of the other less-actives in his pueblo. Other than that, there isn't a lot more going on in our area. We are trying to work with the leaders a bit more.
I have some photos for you. There is a family from Chile. There is this food called completos – hot dogs with sliced up onions, guacamole, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard – basically everything. They are called completos for a reason and they taste super good. You know the size of a french bread loaf? They put a completo is one of those and challenged me to eat it and I did. That was pretty fun. I'll send you the picture.
That was my week. Thanks for all the emails. Love you all! Have a great week.