Buenas Dias Familia!So these past 5 days have been quite the adventure. First of all I love my companion. We get a long really well, and are able to focus and get things done. We are opposites in diet though and it's hilarious! I make myself a Tostinos pizza for lunch and she cuts up some fruit and eats yogurt with granola :) Luckily I don't have to do much cooking. We make ourselves lunch everyday, but dinner is with a member. Except Mondays because it's P-Day. was the best dinner yet! The Branch President's wife made us cheese enchiladas, beans, rice, tostadas, and s'mores for dessert :) I don't like chesse, but man the sauce she put on those enchiladas was divine! we ate white rice, broccoli, and some Asian chicken for dinner....I think people think we eat too much mexican food. They don't know that that is impossible for me! And last Thursday a sister bought us Costco pizza....my favorite!
|Hermana Short & Hermana Baros on left|
Nwill make 1 month for me! Man that sped by! It's hard to keep track of what day it is anymore! It's probably because I'm going all day long...right mom? :)
So my area covers about 12 blocks one way, and 18 blocks the other way. I don't feel bad I didn't get sent to Mexico....I'm in Mexico! I've all ready taught a lesson in a camping trailer, in someone's dirt front yard on the seat from their car, and contacted people outside in a trailer park. Little Mexican men ride their bike carts around selling treats, and oh my heavens I've never seen so many dogs. The culture is very open though which is nice. We've gone to a gas station on our morning runs before and handed out pass a long cards to people filling up. Yes it is awkward! But at the same time it isn't because everyone knows that's our job so they expect it. A lot of them even give us their address to come back! We are going to visit those ones this week.
Right now we have one progressing investigator. His name is Daniel and he is 10 :) The sisters who covered our area before us taught him his first 2 lessons, but now he is ours. Yesterday he came to church for the first time and loved it! He told me he wants to come back. We teach him in English because he prefers it. Yesterday when we first walked into the foyer with him there is the picture of Christ in white robes surrounded by trumpeting angels. I said "Daniel do you like that picture of Jesus Christ?" He replied "Yes, is that what heaven looks like?" "Yeah, do you want to go there?" He's grinning now, "Yeah." Oh man it melted my heart :) The sisters found him while they were tracting. His mom lets him listen to us and let him go to church, but he told me yesterday she won't let him get baptized. We are going to talk to her this week and invite her to listen to a message before she decides. He loved primary, is excited for scouts, and it's a miracle that we found him at this time because there are 2 other 10 year old investigators, and yesterday Daniel and Kevin became good friends :) In sacrament I gave him a piece of paper because he was bored and asked him to draw me what he learned in Primary. He drew Noah building an ark....he literally just soaks everything in and is so polite. When we introduced him to his primary teacher he says "Good afternoon, it's nice to meet you." He lives in a trailer park, has 6 dogs, and was wearing ripped pants, and a worn out shirt, but is more polite than any 10 year old I have ever met! I love that kid! We are teaching him againand we are really excited :)
Last night we went to visit Yasuri. She was baptized in October, but is struggling to stay active. We went to set up an appointment for another day, but ended up staying for an hour. Her parents live with them, and they insisted on feeding us. We had all ready had dinner, but they gave us chicken tacos! She has 3 little girls 8, 7, and 5 and we are going to do FHE with themnight. I taught the girls the story of Noah while we were there since they weren't in Primary. Yasuri committed to go to church this week, and we are hoping to begin teaching the grandparents.
Another cool experience this week was teaching Jesus. That looks funny when I type it....pronounce his name (hey-soos) since I can't type an accent mark :) We were riding our bikes down a street trying to find an address and my companion stopped to talk to some guys fixing a car. Jesus was one of them and he came over to talk to us. He let us teach the restoration to him right there on the curb! We used a pamphlet and it took about 7 minutes. He liked it and said we can come back this weekend to teach him more! He seemed a bit odd....maybe intoxicated...so hopefully he remembers us when we show up at our door. But intoxicated or not, we still taught the restoration in Spanish together for the first time!
Me and Hermana Baros have been getting a lot of compliments on our Spanish and we get so excited! One guy we found sitting outside of a Goodwill store was very impressed! And everyone asks how we learned to speak Spanish. I'm getting sick of telling people I'm from Utah, sometimes they call it the Mormon factory :) "Ohhh la fabrica!" It's funny :) Most of the time they are not surprised or think it's freezing there all the time. So I told someone I was from Chihuahua, Mexico and had them believing me for a minute! It was hilarious!
Overall I am having a lot of fun. Biking in a 100 degrees isn't necessarily fun, but I catch myself smiling while I do it all the time :) It just feels so good to be doing what I'm doing! Sometimes I just crack up at things that would normally stress me out because I'm not worrying about what people think anymore :) Like when I'm riding my bike in a skirt with a helmet and church shoes and I know people are probably thinking "what the heck?!" Oh man we are quite the sight sometimes! We joke about how attractive our helmets make us look :) We have so much fun out here! At night when it cools down to 90 is our favorite time to ride down the neighborhoods. Some are really pretty to ride down! Others it's just a bunch of dirt :)
We haven't taught a lot of lessons yet, we are still getting our bearings with the area, meeting the few members we have in our ward, and organizing the area book and people the other sisters gave us. Hopefully this next week we can get a tighter hold on things! I've found that Hermana Baros's spanish is probably equal to mine, so it's been nice to learn and progress together. I'm super grateful for her!!I love you all so much! Thanks for letters, and packages, prayers, and thoughts :) They are what's keeping a smile on my face in this desert sun :) Happy ! Hopefully I get some sort of festivities with a member...who knows! I hear we can watch fireworks outside though :) Have fun at the cabin!!