What a hard week!
Monday was a crazy P-day. Elder Reyes Leyva and I were saying our goodbyes to as many people as we possibly could in the short time we had before I went to Tuxtla. At 5 PM we got to the bus station in Ariga and that’s where we said goodbye. Elder Reyes Leyva is such a great guy. He’s now the zone leader in San Cristobol!!! He’s so lucky to serve in San Cristobol, the weather is so nice and cool there. When I got to Tuxtla I spent the night with the zone leaders. It was really fun. We ordered pizza and talked in Spanish. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Tuesday was the day we got our trainees! There are a ton of missionaries from my generation who are training but only 3 of us are white. Myself, Elder Thomson and a sister that was in another district in the MTC, so I don’t know her very well. We were all a little bit nervous. Before we got our new missionaries we attended a meeting. We all talked about how important our job is as trainers, that we need to love our companions, lead by example, and really listen to the Spirit. After the meeting, we got our companions!!!! I’ll be training ELDER MARTINEZ. What a cool guy! Seriously, he’s so funny and he’s a hard worker! We’ll be a good team! He’s from Jauja Durango, Mexico and doesn’t speak a lick of English. It will be a challenge, but I know I will grow from it, and I can tell I will enjoy him as my companion. By the time we got back from Tuxtla it was already 8:30 PM so we unpacked, talked a bit and hit the sack.
Wednesday was my first District meeting. I don’t know if I mentioned it in my last letter, but I will also be serving as the district leader as well. It's a lot of responsibility, but it’s just me, Elder Martinez, Hermana Keaton and Hermana Canalizo! We had a great meeting about faith, patience and miracles! Everyone in the district is new. Either new in the mission field or new in Tonala, so we had a great meeting about how we can work hard and with faith and be able to see miracles. Then we got to work!
One of our investigators is Guadalupe and her boyfriend Jared. Jared is a member but she is not. She wants to get baptized but they need to get married first so we’ve been working a lot with them and everything is almost ready for their marriage. They should be getting married soon and hopefully we’ll be able to baptize her by the end of this transfer.
Thursday we did a lot of service. Macheted a little bit and picked some lemons for a sick hermana. We also visited Adan and his family. They are so close to finishing the house!!!!
Friday was Crazy!!! I don’t know what’s going on with these Catholics over here, but they were up all night with fireworks and beer. It was insane! Something about the Virgin Guadalupe. But yeah, everyone was partying and there was a parade in the park with an ice skating rink, it was weird!
We met with the guitar singer kid from last week and he wants to learn more!!! His name is Marso, and he and his family loved our message.
Saturday was tough, we didn’t get many lessons in but we were able to contact a lot.
Sunday was great! At first it was kind of disappointing. Many of our investigators weren’t able to come to church but jafet did show up. We talked with him and guess what….we can baptize him THIS WEEK!!!! At least it is looking that way. He said his mom is thinking about it. I think her heart is softening!! His grades in school are great so she will to let him get baptized!!! I’m so excited.
After church the missionaries from the other ward introduced us to a family in our area. The dad is less active and the mom and all the kids want to be baptized. They have all been going to church for the past couple of weeks so we should be able to baptize them by the end of this transfer. After church I had the privilege of eating pig head tacos...it was pretty good I’m not going to lie!
Anyway, that was basically my week. I’m out of time so I just want to say I love and miss you all a ton!!! Thanks for your all your letters and prayers!
|Leaving Elder Reyes Leyva|
|My new Companion, Elder Martinez|