MONDAY- So last P day, we went to the center of town with a member named Max. Max is a recent convert and loves coming out with us. He’s preparing for a mission! Super cool guy. He introduced us to a "frap pesol". Pesol is basically corn and chocolate and water... I‘m not a fan, but frap pesol is like a frapachino but pesol instead of coffee.... IT WAS AMAZING!! So good! I gave a sister missionary a blessing at a members house that night. It was another great experience. Every time I give a blessing I get to exercise the priesthood. It is a wonderful privilege.
TUSEDAY- I made French toast for breakfast! It was incredible! But I do miss your incredible breakfasts mom! Tuesday was a hard day. We had a lot of our appointments fall through and didn’t get to teach much. The only thing that happened was when we were waiting for lunch a little girl was watching Frozen and singing along with it in Spanish, it was the "Love is an Open Door” song... so in memory of Madeline I just had to join in. We had this little Spanglish duet going on for a little while. It was fun!
WEDNESDAY- we taught a family who has some member friends and love family home evening and are impressed with the morals of the Church. They have a nice house and spoiled us a lot! My comp said the opening prayer before the lesson and when he said “amen”the mom said " you want some quesadillas?" we told her that were ok and to not worry about it, but she insisted and went down the street and bought us some AMAZING quesadillas. This was one of our first times meeting with them yet they just went out and bought us food. The people here are incredible; so loving. We had a great lesson about the Doctrine of Christ and it was a good ending to an otherwise hard day.
THURSDAY-Zone conference!!! It was great to see some new missionaries from the changes over the last week or two. Afterward we met with Adam and his family. They’re doing great and praying and reading the Book of Mormon, but Adam has some idols in his house. The idols are of the Grim Reaper and he thinks they protect him from bad luck. We talked to him about it and discussed the blessings that come from following the 10 commandments but he said he’s not taking them out. We tried to explain but he’s being really stubborn. We’ll keep praying and working with him
FRIDAY- A lot of our appointments fell through again and we didn’t know what to do so we sat down and prayed and when we started walking again we saw this guy that we had contacted a while ago while he was drunk. He was sober now so we went up to him and had a great lesson with him and his 2 friends. They look like they’re some rough guys to be around, with bandanas and tatoos everywhere, but they all listened intently. We talked about the atonement of Christ! It was awesome and we're meeting with them next week
SATURDAY and SUNDAY- We had a lesson planned for this 16 year old named Daniel, we went to his house and he let us in, but then his 839 year old grandma went off on us! I didn’t know exactly what she said but I caught a little bit of it, it was basically "DONT YOU DARE COME IN AND TAKE MY GRANDSON! IVE BEEN A JEHOVA WHITNESS ALL MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY IS GOING TO BE ONE ALL OF THEIR LIVES TOO" Daniel just said "elders, mi abuela es LOCO" his dad and sister said the same thing. The grandma still wouldn’t let us in so we had to give him a lesson in his doorway, but it was really good. He understood the restoration and can’t wait to meet with us again.
That night I got a phone call from a sister in the ward. Next week is stake conference and she wants me to play for the choir. I don’t know why I said yes because I don’t know any of the hymns they’re singing!!! Mom... again I’m sorry I didn’t learn to play all the hymns before my mission! Sunday I practiced with the choir and it turned out ok because they can’t sing, and I can’t play the songs, so it kind of balances out in the end! I’m borrowing a member’s keyboard so I can practice at home.
That night after again having lessons fall through, we contacted a drunk guy. He kept saying "I love you, you have such a light glowing about you, I love you". It was hilarious. As we said goodbye, he grabbed my companion and kissed him on the forehead!!! I pushed him off of my companion and gave him a card with a picture of Christ on it and we left as fast as we could! It was great! My companion didn’t think it was as funny as I did, but yeah, it was a good ending to another hard day
This morning we did our morning run to this place that looks out over Tonala, it was sure beautiful. Picture should be in Dropbox dad.
Let me tell you about the Spanish. I’m progressing pretty well. It’s really hard but the Lord is helping me. The members have complimented me a bunch on the progress I’m making, it’s a good confidence booster. But then I talk to people on the street and they make fun of me and have NO IDEA what I say to them. So I don’t know who to believe. Perhaps it means I have come a long way but have a very long way to go!
As I have mentioned this week was hard, but really for one main reason... none of our investigators are progressing. They’re all so great and love the scriptures and our message, but they don’t come to church. If they don’t come, they really aren’t progressing. It’s hard because they’re all so great. It’s gotten to the point where I and my comp have had to talk about dropping some. It’s hard to have those conversations. I keep praying and keep working and know that the Lord knows what he’s doing.
Thanks for your prayers and letters. Love you all so much!
|drinking 'Frap pesol" with Max|
|Looking out over Tonola|