Just another super great week in the Ponderosa! It was full of drama: love, laughter, joy, sadness, regret, failure and more than all, success. Basically it was a telenovela.
A notable fact about this week was we had a very large amount of people preach to us. One day we were taught more lessons than we taught the people. It was a bit frustrating but, we just try to share the simple truths of the gospel that we can and bare testimony of the love of God for us. After that, there isn`t a whole lot more that we can do. The only time that it really affected us was one of the brothers of someone we baptized this week is very much against what we believe, even thought he very obviously doesn`t even know what we believe because he has never spoken with missionaries. He influenced the mom of Raquel, who we baptized, and she became super unpositive. We are really worried that she might influence her granddaughter, Loli, to not listen to us or go to church.
This week was super cool too because we had three people tell us they want to be baptized, with out us asking them. The only problem is that two of them have problems with a really important commandment, the law of chastity. But we should be able to resolve the problems soon, at least with one.
This weekend we had two baptisms. Raquel and Carla both got baptized. Carla got baptized on Saturday and it was super cool. You could feel the Spirit super strong and some of the investigators, relatives of Carla, that we brought were crying. At that point, Catia, who hasn`t wanted to get baptized for two months finally decided that she wanted to get baptized. It was awesome. Also, we had Elder Ford sing and play the guitar while everyone was changing, it was super good and everyone loved it. Raquel got baptized after church Sunday and it was just as awesome.
Three last things that are pretty cool: I realized that I have eaten a bunch of sopa de pata, which is cow foot soup. I also realized that I kinda like it.
We also had 160 people in church this week, 33 more than when we got here. The last was a really intense experience we had in the morning bringing people to church. We went to get a less active from his house in the morning and we found him drunk. We stood there just trying to communicate how much we love him and how we want to help him stop drinking alcohol. It was super intense and at the end my companion, Elder Gavilanes, got him to go get his alcohol and dump it out on the ground in front of us.
Well, the Lord loves me, you and all of our neighbors. That is why he gave us the Gospel, to be happy and live good lives. For that exact reason, He wants us to share it!
This week was pretty interesting. Monday we went to a super cool water fall. It was in the middle of nowhere and we had a cool little hike through the wilderness to get there. It was super beautiful and relaxing. We just hung out there for a while taking pictures and eating snacks
This Tuesday I went on interchanges with Elder Steenhoek, my zone leadder who is from Arizona. It was super fun. We had a pretty crazy experience too. We were walking down the street and we saw a pick up truck backing up down a hill. After a second we realized there was no one in the car except a little kid in the bed of the truck. We saw that it was heading straight for another parked car, so we ran over and grabbed some railings that were welded to the truck and I don`t know how, but we avoided hitting the parked car and we were able to stop the car. It was super intense and neither of us know exactly how it happened, but I know God used us in that moment to help some one.
Cool other little fact that I want to throw in. Alex Boye is in the "Principles of the Gospel" book singing in a congregation.
We really became better missionaries this week. We were teaching lessons a lot more clearer in less time. We really felt the difference in how the spirit can testify if you teach clearer. The investigators don´t feel as overwhelmed and they understand the message a lot better. It also builds a lot of unity in the companionship. It was really cool to see our progress.
This Sunday was just as crazy as ever. We finally got the wife of Transito to come to church after trying for all this change over six weeks. We were super elated, but right after, Rachel didn`t show up to get confirmed and we weren´t able to visit her all day because she wasn´t home. Then we went the Transito's house and his daughter and granddaughter said they want to get baptized on the 14th of the next month. Cindy is super prepared and we haven´t really even taught her. She just knows. Katia has been ready for 3 months, but until didn`t want to get baptized, so it was super cool.
Then right after we left Transito's house we went to meet someone who is going to get married and hopefully baptized. When we got there he was getting drunk with his friends. It made us super sad and it took us a bit to kick up our animo, or get animated. THEN, after that we found a less active that was having problems with alcohol, but with Gods help and our visits and his strength, he has been clean for 4 days straight. We were super happy.
From a week that you could liken unto a roller coaster...