Monday, January 20, 2014

Remember the girl that waited 6 months to be baptized??

Hey mom the week has been great!! 

Remember the girl that waited 6 months to be baptized?? Well now we are teaching her family!! Right now her brother is the one that is usually taking the lessons but the little sister and the mom sometimes sit in and are excited to learn as well! The mom is now excited to see the missionaries when we pass by and likes to feed us dinner and ask us questions! I'm hoping that the family can learn and progress together for a baptism date so they can have a family baptism! 

Other than this family we have about 6 other people, and one other family that are investigators! They are all pretty receptive and excited to learn but we are in the beginning with most of them so I hope they keep their excitement! That's all for the update on missionary work this week. 

 I'm excited for the  family everyone sounds like they are doing pretty great! I'm glad that Alan likes his new job so far and maybe when I get back I can take you all to Bolivia in the summer with Alan's buddy passes and I can be your translator! It'd be a great experience!

 Tell Spencer good luck with his hike and I hope you get better soon mom! I'll be praying for the family! If you haven't sent the package yet, could you send my black Nike backpack for exchanges with other missionaries?? If you've already sent the package don't worry  probably  I can survive without a backpack. 

Thanks for all the updates and love!!Love, Elder Thatcher

Monday, January 13, 2014

I'm very grateful for the gift of tongues!

Elder Matthew Thatcher                       Monday January 13, 2014

Bolivia Santa Cruz North Mission

You all sound so good!! I'm so excited to here about all of the family's missionary work!!

 Alan is going to be working for the airport?? That's so exciting!!  

 I miss your lasagna and all of your other food too!! It's a lot of rice and chicken here ha ha. 

Thanks for the post on Facebook it means a lot!!

  I'm still in my first area with my trainer. We have transfers the 29th and my companion is going home this transfer so I'm definitely getting a new companion. But the work is going well!! We have 6 people with baptism dates and one of them is really working hard to be baptized. All he needs to do is marry his girlfriend but she needs to officially divorce her "ex husband". 

We also have 3 families that are in active that we are working with and they are attending church!! So the work is moving along great and the Spanish is coming very easily! Almost all of the members and investigators say that my Spanish is better than other missionaries that had 3 months. So I'm very grateful for the gift of tongues! 

 I have the same message to share that every member is a missionary and that when we all do our part to share what we know is true with others we will see the blessings of the Gospel more in our lives and in the lives of those we share it with!!

 I hope you all have a great week and that everything goes well with your missionary work!! Thanks for all the love! Tell everyone I say hi and that I love them!

        Elder Thatcher

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Photo's of Elder Thatcher

MTC group photo


2nd baptism with his trainer 

First Skype with family on Christmas 

Oh and the fruit is called Granadilla! eewww!

Making fudge in his apartment.

A woman in native clothing in front of a museum. 

I think its Llama........ or is it an Alpaca? But either way Elder Thatcher is too big for it!

Members home for Christmas

Coming out of the waters of baptism. I love the look of joy on their faces!
(First baptism)

Oh (Baby) Christmas tree, oh (baby) Christmas tree !
Elder Thatchers first Christmas with his trainer.

Elder Thatcher in Bolivia with his mission president and his wife.