And here we are again, another pday, another week, another month. Does time ever go its normal speed, or does it just go faster and faster? I can't believe it has been a week already!
This week has been a pretty different week than most, in good ways and not as good ways. We spent a lot of time tracting and every missionary knows that there is a better way to find people than just by knocking on their doors.
Last Monday it started snowing around 8:00 and didn't stop all night, so we woke up in the morning to a lot of it. None of the missionaries could use their cars except for our zone because we had Zone Conference at 10. It was an awesome conference, and I know I say it every time, but really President Riggs is so amazing! We talked a lot about the importance of invitations. Not many people will go to a birthday party that they aren't invited to and it’s the same with the gospel (except for my mom). We need to be out there inviting people to change and repent so that they can experience the blessings of the gospel and obtain eternal life! One thing about the meeting though, we are mixed Spanish and English, so now when we practice teach, I have to do it in Spanish. Let me tell you, I speak fluent Spanglish now! I never really experienced teaching in English except for in Mission Prep a year ago, so it was pretty funny.
I ate some pretty fun food this week. I ate cow tongue for the first time and it was pretty good! Very different, but really good. We got Chick-fil-a as always :) We were given food from an extremely dirty house. If you had seen the kitchen that it came from, no one would eat it. It was nasty, so when we got home we just threw it all away. But the next night, one of the members of our ward from the same country helped us clean it all! One night also, we went to pick up our food from a member's house. Her daughter gave her the food, but didn't explain it too well, so they gave the food to the Elders when they went over. So we got there and they looked surprised and offered to feed us, so when we asked if they had anything for us from their daughter they realized what had happened. We still got fed and the woman of the house was joking about how they were thieves. The couple was so happy that we went over and spent some time there with them, and if we were just picking up food we probably would have left right away. But the Lord knows how to do His work, even if it means the Elders get extra food! :)
We did a little training on Family History work and we used it when we were out tracting and saw some more success. Usually if the people say that they aren't interesting in the religion we can ask them if they do genealogy and are interested to learn more about their families. It seems to work out a little bit better.
We spent two hours Wednesday night, two hours Thursday, and 4 hours Saturday just looking for and knocking at the houses of Spanish speakers and it was cold. Funny though, one day we were on a street and ended up knocking on a member's door that we didn't know lived there. We went in and got warm again before heading back out.
We had to drop a few investigators this week, so that opened up the time for tracting. The ones that we dropped weren't actually interested in making any changes, they just liked us to come over and talk about "the word of God". And we got dropped by one of our other investigators, the one that was supposed to baptized in January. We went over to his house and we talked to his wife and kids because he hid in his bedroom. So that was an unfortunate thing that happened.
But Rolando is doing so well! He continues to progress! Less than two weeks and he will be baptized! We are so excited :) We had a baptism in the ward from some of the Elders and Rolando and Victor and another one of their investigators came. Afterwards, Victor and the other investigator were talking about how they are addicted to coffee and then Rolando started talking to them about the word of wisdom and the blessings and the doctrine. My favorite thing that he said was that he never knew he would be in a position where he was sharing what he knew to help others and using his testimony. He loved it, and the other investigators now have a greater desire to change their habits. Also, in the next two weeks he will be an official citizen of the United States :) YAY! We are so happy for him!
Victor continues to progress and read and do everything that we ask… He loves the one on one learning and every time he talks to us he seems surprised by how much he learns from reading in the Book of Mormon and listening to us. After the Gospel Principles lesson on Sunday, he started teaching his brother Rony about agency and how important it is and we loved it! He is just super awesome!
I feel like me and my companion just have the best investigators ever. They are the ones that know the members and are doing the things that we ask. They go to church and they want us to keep coming over. I just wish everyone would come to understand how incredible the gospel is!
We almost dropped two other investigators who weren't keeping commitments, but we brought a member with us to a lesson and she saved them. They changed their minds and decided to start doing things after this member shared her testimony! No one can contest what you know!
The blessings of sharing the gospel are incredible. I have seen quite a few members realize this when we ask them to come with us. A special spirit is in their eyes as they share their testimonies and desire more to share what they know. Share yours :) I promise that you will love it!
Love you all! Until next week, it'll come quicker than you think!
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