Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Week 36

My son (new companion) Elder Torres:D

I don't even know where to start to be honest because so much has happened and changed for me this week. As I mentioned last week, I finally changed from my first area I was in for 7 months! I found out Tuesday that I am training a new missionary!!! And the best part is I got sent to one of the only areas in the mission that uses bicycles, which is in a city called Carereyta, but my ward is called the Espigas ward. We have 6 missionaries here, 4 Elders and 2 Sisters. My new kid (we call the missionaries we train our children:) is named Elder Torres. He is from the state Sonora which is not too far from here. It's in Mexico, south of Arizona. He is super cool and full of energy, which is just what I wanted because a missionary like that I can work with! My area isn't too big as far as the amount of streets, actually I think it's smaller than my last area by a little, but the neighborhoods are pretty far apart, so it's definitely good that we have bikes.

My new house! It doesn't look like much, but it's actually a lot better than my last one.
instance, it has tile flooring instead of a cement floor and it has a working boiler,
so hot showers through the winter. W

This Sunday was Stake Conference here, so we weren't able to get to know too many members yet, but we've already met quite a few from the meals they provide and also a recent convert named Edgar, who we had a lesson with. He's 17 and has been baptized for 3 months now, but wow is he flying! He already knows a ton about the Church, the Gospel, and much more. He's already been to the temple to do baptisms for the dead and attends church every week. He's in a very important time in his life because he has important decisions to make, like whether to serve a mission. He told us how he has a girlfriend who is a member and that she wants to get married instead of him serving a mission, but that she would wait for him if he left to serve anyways. We expressed how much our missions have done for us and our families already, and that he shouldn't make the decision based on what we say or his girlfriend, but to speak directly with his Heavenly Father as to what he should do because he knows us and our circumstances better than anyone, and knows what is best for us.

The weather has been pretty nice lately, it only rained once and it was only during the night, but it left a ton of puddles which got us super muddy since we left in bikes to work that day, but I didn't complain, I love getting muddy! :D 

Muddy shoes, pants, and bag:P

Oh, also our area had been closed the last transfer and so we arrived with basically nothing to work with. I'm fine with it though because it just means we have to work that much harder to get the area going again with lessons and investigators. We've already found one older couple who had never talked with Mormon missionaries before and were very receptive and willing to do all that we invited them to do, including attending church! They are named Yolanda and Jesus, and I have high hopes for them. 

We also didn't have a map to start out, so we basically wandered around the first couple days until we found a local map in a print shop, so that was fun! Also, I didn't think they celebrate Halloween here, but it turns out they do! Not as much as in the United States, but there were a decent amount of kids out and about in costumes. Sadly none of the doors we knocked on gave us candy:( Luckily today the members who gave us lunch gave us a bunch of their leftover candy, so I'm not complaining: Well, I wish I could talk more, but time flies and there's always so much to do. I love you all and am so grateful for all your prayers, love, and support I can feel. Have a wonderful week!

Halloween candy a member gifted us :)
A sugar skull a member gave me for Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead).

My new work area (Where the magic happens) :D

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