Missionary work related news, we had quite a variety of things happening. First off, got to teach some English to members from Columbia. Then they tried to convince me that I need to learn Spanish too... not sure if I have the time for that at the moment. We also got to help another member set up a make-shift shed near his house. That took a while, there was a lot of putting screws through metal, hitting dents out, and trying to bend the walls into place... turned out good in the end though. The highlight of the week though was probably being able to set a baptismal date for the 24th of march with a part member family that we've been working with! They're a younger couple, and the wife isn't a member, and they're really awesome and we've had the opportunity to get to know them very well.
I think I mentioned a bit ago that there was a world champion chess player on the mission (he won the under 14s for chess at 12, and became a grandmaster at... 16?). Anyways, we had a stake event this past Saturday for him, where they invited a chess club to come compete against him. He played 20 people at once, twice. The first time was a bit of a warm up, and he played 20 kids, moving from board to board to play his move. He only lost to two of them. Then the second time around he played another 20, this time with the adults, and there were no chances - he beat all of them. One of the only ones close to beating him was another elder! It was cool being able to witness his chess skills, and also hear him talk about his mission and how he's not currently pursuing chess because of his mission, which surprised some of the people in attendance.
Also, this past Monday, Elder Martin got transferred out, and I got two new companions! One has been out on his mission just about as long as me, Elder Waqa from Fiji. The other has just started, Elder Karina from Kiribati! We've already been able to see some cool miracles with them, such as being able to teach a lot of people while door knocking! One miracle that we saw was with an investigator from Brazil - we just had a brief visit with her, and at first she started talking about how she tried to read the Book of Mormon, but that it's very different from her Bible, so we explained that it wasn't another version of the Bible but it's own book, taking place in a different area of the world. That's when she lit up and said that she believes that's true, and that she's always thought it was unfair that God would only talk to one group of people in the world!
Anyways, thanks everyone for your love and support!