It was cold in a lot of aspects. First of all, it was cold; like in the temperature. I ACTUALLY HAD TO SLEEP WITH THE COVERS ON! Second it was cold because Adolfo got really sick. He couldn’t come to church on Sunday so we’re going to have to change his baptismal date. We don’t know when we’re going to end up doing it because Adolfo wants Brother Sanchez to baptize him and the NEXT Saturday brother Sanchez is going to be in Tapachula for one of his Church callings. So it might be the next NEXT week. But Adolfo is amazing. Tuesday after verifying the law of chastity and the word of wisdom (10/10 in both) he said the closing prayer and it was the best prayer I’ve ever heard. He speaks as if he’s speaking to someone sitting next to him! He prays like an innocent child. In his prayer he even prayed for his enemies!!! He said in effect, "and God, please bless my enemies. I know you want me to pray for them so I’ll do it. I don’t know if I have any enemies, but if I do, it’s probably because I did something dumb. So please bless them". I love that man!
Tuesday we also had exchanges with the zone leaders again and I went with elder Crowley from Virginia. He’s such a great guy, always happy. We worked our buns off on Tuesday and were able to teach Carmen about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a good and simple lesson. They said yes to baptism again and we set a date, but they didn’t come to church so it fell through.
Wednesday we had a great worldwide missionary conference! Several apostles spoke and it was a great edifying meeting. They talked about many things but one that I really liked was about the Spirit. Elder Bednar said that we can’t jam the spirit into people. We have to teach in a way that they can feel it.
Thursday we had another conference with an Area Seventy and it was incredible! His name is Elder Toris and the man is a fireball! It was so great to see the revelation not only being received by him but also by us as he spoke. He taught us about focusing on the members and working with them, they’re the secret to baptizing every week!
Saturday was crazy. José and Maria were moving. It was a last minute thing and so we and the other Elders helped them out. They’re going to be moving to the other elder’s area; sad, but it’s all good because it’s still the same ward!
Sunday no one came to church and it was really frustrating to be honest, but I know this is going to be a much better week. We’re going to be looking for some new investigators and we have a new ward mission leader . . . . BROTHER SANCHEZ!!!!!!!!! The work is going to explode with a former temple and stake president, bishop, and Area Seventy as our ward mission leader!
So that’s how the cookie crumbles here in Tuxtla on cold weeks. Next week is going to be even colder, temperature wise, but were going to heat things up a bit.
Love and miss ya all a ton!