Monday, December 3, 2012
Week 15 - Peace, Love, Tortillas
Dearest family of Mine!
Wow - the M3 looks stunning! Enjoy it. Its good to hear that you are traveling and having fun adventures, you deserve it. After all those years dealing with me and Murphy you are finally free haha.
If I were to give this week a performance review Michael Scott style I would say that it was...adequate. Suffice it to say that I have a new companion and things are a lot more difficult than they used to be. But it just brings opportunities for more blessings. I'm really being tested in my Spanish now (I pretty much do everything a missionary does - ask for directions, call members, teach classes on Sunday, talk with everyone in the street). So that's a good opportunity to grow. I used to hate talking on the phone, now I have to do it in Spanish...I think I'll be cured of my hatred by the time I come home.
Let me answer a few of your questions right quick!
Roy - if you're in the market for a tropical disease man up and go straight for Malaria :) Cool test - I want to know how much horsepower I produce! haha
I'd guess a solid 1 third of a half of a dozenth. (or 1/72 i guess)
Mom - I'm feeling good, but I still have a bit of a cough. No worries though. Roy got tuberculosis ..I get dengue. Its tradition. (reminds me of my favorite ESPN commercial...is it fun - NO! but is it important??) haha. As a matter of fact we will be Skypeing on Christmas day. At least that's what I heard, I´m just a lowly junior companion, I have no idea what the mission plans are. I don´t need a mosquito net right now but thanks for asking. Where I sleep is fairly bug free. It hasn't rained the entire time I've been here believe it or not. My clothes are doing well, including shoes. I´m doing my best to protect them. I haven´t worn the boots yet but I´ll be ready should I be called into combat :) No mexi ties yet, I spend all my money on medicine haha.
Dad - Our main finding method is referrals and working with less actives. But we also contact in the street a fair amount. There isn't an equivalent to the high street here, the only busy place is the stops for the collectivos but its tough to contact there because the people come and go so fast. My new companion is from Colombia. With the whole first transfer thing it doesn't really matter. Unless its your first day or your last you are just somewhere in the middle :) People here are very receptive. They love to listen to the word of God. That said, relatively few are actually willing to keep commitments and actually live what they believe. In regards the the marriage issue its pretty similar to every other excuse to avoid living the gospel. There really are obstacles (money, immigration papers, etc.) but the people who want to do it will find a way, and those who don't will find an excuse.
We are working with an investigator right now named Luis. He is 18 years old and a high school student. He studies on Sunday (schools are weird here) but he skips some of his classes so he can come to church. He said he has been to a lot of churches but only in ours has he felt like it was true. He is quite a guy. The problem is that his mom is super anti Mormon and doesn't want us to visit him. We are going to try to talk to her (and baptize her haha :)) but its a bit of a bummer situation. We're doing our best though :)
This week we got to go to the First Presidency Christmas devotional! It was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life! This week was really hard to be honest, and I have felt pretty beaten down. But in that one hour meeting, everything I needed to hear was said, and not by the speakers or choir. I know the gift of the Holy Ghost is real. I know it. God answers prayers and he loves us. No matter how hard our trials he waits with open arms to succor us. The gospel is true. Its all true. Every word.
I love you so much. Know that I´m working hard and trying my best every single day. Be good :)