Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Week 89

My favorite secretary (sorry other secretaries, Elder Clark lived through my Zone Leader days serving and will always be my favorite :P) what a Missionary! Love ya Elder :D

It felt GREAT to be able to work the full week with little complications! We had tons of wonderful experiences with many different people and families. First of all, we had a Family Night with the Aguirre Family, in which the Abrego Family who live next to them accompanied us. It was super fun and their son Luis has a very special interest that I feel will be the determining factor of their conversion as a family. He is the only one who read the homework we left them and explained it to us and even asked to say the prayer :) At the end of the lesson, we played Colored Pencils (Spoons, but with colored pencils :P), which the kids loved, and in fact we had to leave after one round, but the parents told us they kept playing for hours after we left! Oh how I miss board game nights with my own family, but it gives me even greater satisfaction sharing that special time with another family and teach them they can have fun together!

We also were guided by the Spirit to find 2 new families this week. First, we met two young woman who seemed fairly interested, but on the second visit they weren't there. After a few days more, my companion insisted we go by again and this time we found the whole family of 7 together (which they say is a miracle in of itself to find them all at once) and taught one of my favorite lessons of my mission. The father of the Lopez Mendosa Family, Roberto, expressed his concerns that the family isn't ever together and they don`t listen to him. The kids explained the same desire to be more united as a family, but that they felt their dad needs to be more tolerant of their differences and patient, since he is easily provoked into anger and yelling. We explained how the Gospel blesses families and can help them be more united and loving towards one another. They were very hopeful and happy we passed by and said it can`t be a coincidence. We also explained what a Family Night is and asked if we could have one with them and they accepted for this Tuesday. We have the perfect family already lined up to accompany us so it should be great!

The other Family, Ricardo, his wife, and two kids, Evaline (9) and Damian (5) we found while looking for a reference received from the internet. We couldn't find a street so we stopped to ask someone for help. They told us where it`s at and we invited them to receive a lesson as well and they accepted, so we did a short lesson outside, in which they got their kids to come out to hear. Then yesterday, we visited them again and this time they invited us into their house and we got to know them better. Ricardo was very straightforward that he has a drinking problem, but wants to quit since his kids tell him to often. He was humble enough to accept that he hasn't been able to give it up and needs help. We promised him if he does the simple things we invite him to do, he will be able to not only give up alcohol, but change his life completely. The wife and kids were thrilled to have this discussion and Evaline said the last prayer. What a little angel she is :)

Needless to say, we've been super busy and will hopefully stay that way. This weekend, we had our Stake Conference, which was also amazing, and I wish I had time to talk about it. Next week we will be having a multi-stake broadcast, which should be good, and in a couple weeks there`s a transmission by Elder Holland on How to Teach as the Savior did. It actually already happened, but was postponed to be shown here because of the conference. 

I'm so happy to be in the Lord's service and to have so much love and support. Have an amazing week everyone :D 

APPLE SANDWICH - yes that`s a thing :)

Card Bridge! Fun times :)

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