Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Hey, so I just got some great news. I am going to train this transfer!
On Wednesday, my trainer élder Suárez called me to deliver the news. It caught me a little off guard, but I am really excited to do it.
Thinking back to my training, it could be a little rough at times. I didn't always know how we were going to have success and it just felt like we were walking around a lot without finding. I honestly hope I can help him learn what it really means to be a missionary.
This week was a little difficult in having lessons. We went to appointments and they couldn't do it or weren't there. Even though it can get difficult at times, it helps to know that if we are doing what we really should be doing, we can find a great deal of success. Our young investigator is so close to baptism, but we just can't seem to figure out exactly what he needs to make the choice to just do it. I know he will get baptized soon.
Saturday morning we found out that I would be the one staying in the area so I will likely end with 6 months here in this area, which I am fine with. There is so much work to do.
We also got a reference through the church system that lives in a village fairly far from where we are, but it is still in the ward, so we have to go anyway. It will probably be a fun adventure.
Have a great week!
Monday, June 15, 2015
We had some great news about our young investigator. We talked with his parents with the bishop and his son and our investigator and it was really powerful. They (his parents) said that he could get baptized when he wanted to as long as he was sure that it was what he wanted to do. As the bishop and his son testified, everyone felt the Spirit. It was also very interesting because his mother (of our investigator) started to fan herself off as if the room was hot, even though it wasn't. I feel like his whole family will get baptized if we work well with them. They fill me with hope that God really is preparing people for us.
This week I also had parasites for 2 days. It was weird waking up and eating and eating and eating and not getting any fuller. I called up the mission doctor and she didn't remember me (I was in her ward in San Martín) and told me that I couldn't eat bread or sweets for 3-4 days and I just thought, "great, the two things I enjoy as far as food goes... oh well." Also, I couldn't eat any more than normal either. I guess it worked because I am all normal now.
Have a great week!
| I got some blackberries fairly cheap. |
They were excellent!
|The bridge we had to cross... don't worry, |
|The first time I have ever seen fog in Puebla|
|My nametag in talavera.|
Monday, June 8, 2015
Well, on Tuesday we had the last zone conference with President Christensen and it was a little different than normal. He talked about 10 different strengths he found in strong missionaries. It was a bit humbling and a sister missionary even asked "President, have you met a missionary that has all of these?" He promptly responded that there is no missionary that has all of these attributes perfectly. Even so, there is so much to work on.
Afterwards, he talked about the different events of the Book of Mormon and where he thought it all took place and why. It was super interesting and I will have to tell you all about it when I get back.
We also got some difficult news about our 15 year old investigator: his parents said he can't get baptized until he is 18. We were fasting yesterday with him so he could receive permission from his parents, but we still have yet to see if he will get it. I feel like he will even though almost no one agrees with me.
Very slowly we are starting to find new investigators. Even though the progress is slow, it is moving and slowly accelerating. I just hope we can keep it up.
Have a great week!
|An old companion visited us for 5 minutes... |
it was weird to see him in normal clothes.
|We went to Walmart and I think I went |
a little crazy because I haven't seen all this stuff
in over a year.
|Our zone when we were at zone conference.|
Well, the missionary work is picking up slowly. We are finally starting to find new investigators, but we still have so much more to get done.
Wednesday, I taught English class by myself and it went pretty well. I find that I am starting to get slightly better at teaching it, so that went pretty well.
On Friday we had the very last fireside by our President Christensen. It has been strange how many last things with our President we have been having. It will honestly be very strange when he leaves...
Saturday the sister missionaries in our ward had a baptism so we filled the baptismal font. As my companion was cleaning it, I decided to do a drawing on the blackboard with chalk. Honestly I thought it turned out pretty well.
Well... not all that much happened this week, but I am pretty sure we will have more next time.
Have a good one!
The drawing I did on the blackboard.