You'll never believe what's happening this week. I can hardly believe it!!! It goes a long with a story though....
|I have been waiting 9 months for this boy to be baptized!|
|Easter Pageant with our Camelback Branch|
Lorenzo and his 3 granddaughters also came with us to the pageant. Those 3 girls though....yikes. They were running up and down the aisle, wrestling each other, chasing each other, tackling each other, etc. At one point Yukey looked back at me, I gave her "the stare" and she got her sisters to calm down for 3 minutes....then they were off again. I just gave up! I think Lorenzo liked it though! He came to church without bringing anybody this week!!!! I can't be too mad though because he finally received the priesthood yesterday, and he needed to be there on time. I called Lupita and she said a friend would bring her and Yasury, but they never showed up. We are going to have to drop Lupita this week :/ When she starts coming to church, we can start teaching her again. Maybe we can still do lunch at McDonald's though :) This week was interesting.....
We show up at the McDonald's and there are 5 people sitting at this table with Lupita. I think between the five of them, they had 20 teeth :) That might be a small exaggeration, but this group was interesting to say the least! One of the guys sells stolen electronics, one wore her Jesus on a cross necklace and had sunglasses on the entire time, one I think has a crush on us because Lupita kept telling us that he wants to invite us to lunch with him, and the other two were pretty quiet. I don't know what Lupita was talking about, but no one was begging us to get baptized! We didn't even get addresses for them! One of the ladies said she would come with Lupita to church, but by the way she said it, we weren't surprised when she didn't come. Poor Lupita was just trying to help her friends, but since she's blind I don't think she can see the expressions on their faces :( The one friend with only a few teeth was named Ana and she wouldn't speak Spanish with us. She told us that God talked to her in her room and told her that all of the churches on the earth are his. Hmmmm.... I didn't know how to correct that one, but I'm glad she at least tries to have a relationship with God :)
The Easter pageant was the 2nd best thing this week, only being beat by Daniel's baptism announcement :) We wentnight with Valeria and though it was like pulling teeth to get her there, she loved it and cried twice :) I on the other hand, was trying not to laugh. I don't know what I was expecting, but I definitely wasn't expecting Mary to start dancing like a ballerina. Or the choir of angels to start dancing....and the English recording was kind of monotone. I think I was expecting a Disney level production, but it wasn't :) Also there was this awkward couple right in front of us that were super distracting. When we went with the branch though, I knew what to expect and I loved it that time! Especially because it was in Spanish, the recorded voices in Spanish are much more excited and enthusiastic. When we go next year, you can all watch it in English and I will wear the Spanish headphones :) Or! We could go to the Spanish one with my branch and you all can wear English headphones!
|Easter Pageant with Valeria|
Also, after 17 weeks I finally got to see Sister Ferre at the Easter Pageant! She practically jumped on me :) It was so good to see her.....I miss her so much! President Sweeney is moving her to English work for at least a transfer though and I am not happy about that! She wants her Spanish to progress so bad, but it won't until she returns to the valley. I wasn't the only one excited to see her, I thought Lorenzo was going to give himself a heart attack :)
We were only able to see the Selinas/Villa family once this week, but they had read the Book of Mormon chapter we left them! I was so proud of them :) They had another family thingnight and the kids were "too tired" to get up for church, but he said they'd start coming to church again in April. Hopefully they stick to that promise and come to a session of General Conference! I am so stinking excited for conference! Xochitl really wants to come too which will be so good :) Unfortunately we had to miss the Women's conference because of the Easter Pageant, but I'll be able to read the talks :)
Octavio came to church by himself since Nereyda didn't wake up :) It's the first time he's done that, and hopefully not the last! We called Nereyda once he got there alone, and she had no clue where he was! When we told her he came to church, she said she'd come for the last hour, and she did! Hopefully he continues to set that example :)
We found 6 new investigators this week....I think that's a record for us :) We had a referral that turned out to be a family of 4 which is so great! They are pretty devoted Catholics and attend their church twice a week, but they were more than willing to have us continue to come over, so we will see what the Spirit can do :) They are going through marriage problems right now, and the gospel could really help them. Another referral was for a grandma named Ana, she has a giant Virgen Guadalupe statue in her house with candles, but she too said she's ok with trying other churches and learning from us! Then there is Valeria's mother's boyfriend Geronimo. We taught her mom, Elvira, and the boyfriend the Restoration this week and were able to answer a lot of Elvira's questions and doubts. Geronimo stayed pretty quiet, but listened and agreed to read a little of the Book of Mormon.
Ernie is still working on reading the Book of Mormon, slowly, but surely. He wants to go to the Pageant this week, and then we are hoping he will get off work in time to go to the Priesthood session. In Arizona it starts at 5 though, so it's hard to get to when you finish work at 5!
Funny story for the week, our apartment is ROASTING. And no, that's not funny. We can't turn the thermostat lower than 78 and last night I was especially warm :/ So while we were all getting ready for bed I opened the back slider and the front door to create a wind tunnel :) Well Sister Noorda has this ridiculous fear that drunk men are going to walk into our apartment at night if we don't lock our doors. So of course she insisted on closing down my wind tunnel. The front door I understand, but the back door would be fine, someone would have to crawl over our 5 beds to do anything! So I waited for everyone to lay down and close their eyes, then I slowly crawled over to the back door on my hands on knees. I crept my hand up to the lock and flipped it open. I could just feel Sister Medrano and Sister Noorda tense up in fear! I threw the back door open and they both flipped! Apparently they thought the drunk man had showed up :) Hahahaha Sister Medrano said,"I thought that if I just laid quiet, he wouldn't hurt me!" Needless to say, they closed the door again and we all had to sleep on top of our sheets :p I shouldn't complain, I know missionaries in South America are probably a lot hotter than us :)
All right, well that is it for this week. You'll hear from me againPresident could surprise me and transfer me which would be sad because that would mean yesterday was my last Sunday :( Or he could leave me here forever :) We had to take a survey this week and the first question was "How long have you been out?" My meter went halfway to the end! The next question was "How many areas have you had?" Haha my meter barely moved. Everyone teased me about it :) Oh also wish me luck, I have to give a training with Elder Johnson on Planning in front of all the Mission Leaders and 40 other invited missionaries in Scottsdale this week. I have no clue why me....
I love you family, enjoy Moab and conference this week! Take lots of pictures for me :)
I love you, I Love You, I LOVE YOU