Well Hello Family!!
Sorry this email will be a bit short because we don’t have much time left. But this past week was filled with some up and down moments!
Monday after sports at the church with the other missionaries, we found a nail in our tire...yeah that was fun! So we drove out to the middle of nowhere to get someone to fix it. We then headed to our appointment with Maria De la Luz and by the time we got out of our lesson our tire was practically flat…So we drove around trying to find a gas station that had an air pump so we could fill our tire up enough to get us back to the house. So just picture two young girls in skirts trying to fill the tire of our car with air…funny, right? Well we had to get someone to help us, and long story short, we filled the wrong tire with air because the sensors in the car were wrong…SO we drove home and talked to the car guy for our mission and he said to just let our car be.
Tuesday morning a guy came to our apartment to fill our tire (now completely flat) with air so we could drive it back to the same place that fixed it on Monday night. But we got a new tire and we don't have to worry about that anymore!! Later we headed over to meet our little band of followers, and they weren't there. One of the girls who was in the group told us that a boy took all their Books of Mormon and threw them over the wall to a dirt field…so not cool!!!! We were so sad, so we just headed to another area and knocked there for the rest of the night.
Wednesday we had a lesson with Manuel in the morning and we tried to finish teaching the second half of the restoration, but we didn't get too far. But we stopped on the point when Christ came to the earth and his earthly ministry. Manuel asked us "why did Christ have to be baptized". Which was a really good question. And so we read 2 Nephi 31 with him, which talked about how Christ was baptized to fulfill all righteousness and to set that example for us. How wonderful is that. Christ's whole life is an example for us, and a goal that we can all reach with His help. We then had fun at a service activity, and then headed to Laura's and taught her the Restoration of the gospel. And guess what?? SHE READ the Book of Mormon! She told us that she didn’t know where to start, so she just started at the beginning! She was so receptive to what we were teaching. We had a rally good lesson with Cindy about the 10 commandments and keeping the Sabbath day holy. She told us that she can feel that this church is true and that it is right, and how it is really hard for her to not follow something she knows is right. Hermana Robles and I looked at each other with huge smiles!! We were so happy to hear that from her. We know that she is ready, and she knows that this church is true. We contacted some potentials and knocked for the rest of the night. Now, some may not like knocking, but when you make it fun, you could do it all day!!
Thursday was planning day and that was fun! We put on some EFY music and planned until our hearts were content. We then had a lesson with Ramon and taught him the Law of Chastity. That was fun! haha. I will be for sure good at that by the end of my mission. The awkwardness will never go away, but knowing how to explain it will get better down the road. We then headed to Manuel and Teresa's and guess what.... THEY READ!!!!!!!! THEY ACTUALLY READ WHAT WE LEFT THEM AND THEY HIGHLIGHTED IN THE BOOK TOO!! We were soooooo happy :) They had so many awesome questions and we got to teach about Joseph Smith and the importance of the Book of Mormon with them actually listening and taking in what we were teaching. It was an answer to our prayers :)
Friday morning we had correlation and then had ZTM, and that was awesome. We learned about how important it is to teach simply and working hard and diligent in our areas. We know that there is a lot of potential in this area, but we must be obedient and work as hard as we can to see those miracles. We then planned to just knock all afternoon and night, and we found a new investigator!! We also took pictures with the sketchy house across the street...haha. We then started walking toward this one house and this little boy in his underwear yelled at us "COME TO MY HOUSE!!!!" haha. It was the funniest thing ever! We had a good laugh. Later we had a lesson with Cindy and we watched Finding Faith in Christ and her kids came in and watched it with us. They had some really good questions and the youngest was like "I don't like how mean they were to Jesus…Why were they so mean," and we told him that they were mean, but the best part is that He lived again. So funny story-- Friday night when Hermana Robles, and I were asleep I woke up and talked a bit and then fell back asleep. Then the next morning I asked Hermana Robles about it and she was like no...I don't think so. And then a bit later she was like I think we were planning in our sleep for Manuel and Teresa's lesson!! Hahaha. The life of a missionary!!
Saturday we had another lesson with Manuel and we read with him in the Book of Mormon and we asked him what he thought about the Book or Mormon and he told us that is was a guide for him and we were like “YES, Manuel!! That is exactly right!!!” We then read with Hermana Duran a bit also and then contacted for the rest of the night, but sad day...Cindy texted us and told us that things are hard and she is having trouble with her "husband" and she has to pick her battles, and that right now we can't come over anymore and teach her. It was hard to read that. We both felt like we just got broken up with, and this one is even harder. We then talked with a guy we had contacted a bit ago and he asked us what we believed in and told us that he was wondering if his church was even the right one to go to.
Sunday was fast and testimony meeting and guess who came to church - MANUEL (like Manuel and Teresa, Manuel) It was awesome! He actually came!! We were so shocked and excited at the same time!!! We then contacted the rest of the night and found an awesome new investigator. He was so open and willing to listen and he prayed for us at the end of the lesson!!!
Well Family - All is well. I love it out here and I love the work of the Lord. I know this church is true with all might heart, might, mind, and soul. It is incredible how much the Lord loves us.
Love you all!!