This week has been super slow, but this weekend has been awesome! So Tuesday we searched all day and NO one was home. We used our plan As, Bs, and Cs. At 7:30 we finally had our set appointment with H and Mag. We brought a member, which was a mistake because she likes to talk a lot. And as a result taught them some false doctrines. But we cleared it up and also, luckily for us, H and Mag are super faithful and are gonna baptize no matter what. They're literally SO prepared by the Lord, we don't hardly have to do anything! Wednesday, we only found 1 lesson with a new investigator, as well around 7 O Clock. He's super catholic and has lots of doubts but he agreed to read the Book of Mormon so i'm not worried. Thursday, for whatever reason, was WAY good! We met with some of our investigators, Yor and Mil, whom we haven't visited for almost a month due to their work schedule, and it was way cool! We taught the Plan of Salvation, and they had a billion super good questions! Afterwards, we met with Viviana, the less active who wants to serve a mission. We taught the 10 commandments and actually helped her understand some things she didnt know which was cool! Friday was interesting. So that morning, the zone leaders showed up and said we were doing a "division sandwich". In other words, Me with
Bello, Killpack with Inman, and Rojas with
Solorio. So all day i was with Bello! It was an alright day but the highlight was
when we had branch counsel that night.
Rojas was there with us and he's famous in the mission for completely
changing his old area. He doubled the
attendance in his ward and got it running smooth. So we were super excited for him to "pass
the saw" (a saying we use here that means he's calling them out
hardcore). It was awesome, he spoke so
much and got the branch to make assignments and to make a plan to change the
branch. MUCHO ROJAS. Friday was very very interesting and a bit
sad. So we contacted a lot which was
cool, but didnt get an appointment until 5.
We were with Ros, and one of the first things she said was that she
saw my recent convert, drinking beer with buddies. Noooooo.
So that was a bummer to hear. So
we started to teach Ros the law of chastity, but due to the Spirit we
changed to the Atonement, and why we have afflictions. It was super spiritual. Afterwards, i felt the need to pass by my
recent converts house. We also had a
package of stuff for him from the branch so we stopped by and he answered the
door drunk with a cigarette in his hand.
That was hard to see. He just
kept saying " oh hermanos, estoy mal estoy mal" which just means
" oh brothers, im bad. im
bad." i just said that we'd pass by
during the week and we left. I couldnt
help by cry on our way to the next appointment.
It was hard to see. Something
interesting was our next appointment were some new investigators, a young
couple and their kids, that Rojas and Solorio taught Thursday. But when we got there, there was a notice on
their door. THE HUSBAND DIED THAT
NIGHT. I heard he was only like 24 but
had some sort of accident, but Solorio didnt think he looked close to death or
anything! So yeah, one of my
investigators died. It's sad but slightly crazy ironic at the same time. But wow weird... our last appointment was
with family Chilunguai. We talked a bit
about faith and asked about baptism again.
But they just arent reading and wont except the date not even as a
goal. Its honestly super annoying. They refuse to progress. So we might have to drop them for a while and
write them down in our "future investigators" form for future
missionaries. Sunday was
incredible. I had the craziest
experience thus far in my mission. So
church was good and H and Mag came of course. After church we got 4 new investigators named
family Morales. It was cool, and we set
them all baptismal dates! But the real
experience was with a woman we met named Mir. So before lunch at our pensionista, a woman
across called to us and said she wanted to talk to us about the Gospel and
learn about the Church. So we passed by
last night to meet her. It's just she and
her son Wil. She told us about how
she has lots of health issues and how it's been a huge challenge in her
life. She has seizures, leg muscle growth
issues, and something in her brain that gives her a hard time with reading,
stress, the cold and lots of that. She
told us how she even used to have MLS and was in the hospital super sick a
couple years ago. Her experience is..
amazing honestly. So she died in the hospital and the only thing keeping her
even somewhat there with a heart beat was the oxygen she was on. But she said when she died, she had 3 angels
come down and start to take her up. She
explained how they were normal looking, in shirts and ties. Nothing like what other churches have
explained. She asked if she was going to
heaven and they said "no, you're going to Paradise." Woah.
She explained how Paradise is a place
incredibly beautiful with butterflies, joy, rest, and peace and she said she
didnt feel any hunger, pain, or exhaustion.
She told us how the angels taught her very clearly about paradise and
spirit prison. She also said that Christ
spoke with her, and said that he'd give her a second opportunity to life, but
she'd have to share her testimony of these things with all the world. Then she woke up. She had been near dead for 15 days. She explained how she doesnt understand what
Christ told her, but she's had him tell her that in dreams since then and what
really gets me, is that she said 2 of the 3 angels that lifted her up and
taught her are Solorio and I. That's why
she called to us when she saw us. I felt
the spirit SO strong when she told us all this.
I know she's telling the truth.
We taught a bit about Paradise and
showed how her experience is exactly what we teach. It was amazing and a true miracle. So we're gonna go talk again tonight with
her! Due to her disease, she's almost
always home. But we're gonna teach her,
and try and help her understand her experience.
But that is definitely the highlight experience of my mish thus
far. Today the only real cool thing that
happened is i bought a cool indigenous flute for about 9 bucks. Haha so im gonna learn the flute. So yeah, theres my week. Love you all!