Hows it going?
This week has gone by really really fast! We were in the mission home the first part of the week which was really good! Its always sad to see the missionaries going home, but really cool to see all the new missionaries coming in! There were about 10 missionaries who came from Brasil! Haha - I was going crazy because they weren't talking spanish nor english! I could pick out some words, but it was funny! They would try and speak spanish, but it wouldn't come out 100 percent right! It was fun! They also had about 100 riddles at dinner! It was pretty fun! Good missionaries!!
This week we have been working to find a lot of new people. Its easy to teach, but harder to find. We are trying to talk to 40 people a day, and usually out of those 40 people, we get 3 or 4 appointments, and 2 are usually waiting for us. Its good though. We are also trying to be "finding" more of the time and teaching less. Obviously we need to teach, but if we only teach those who are willing to progess and find the rest of the time, we will baptize more! Its tough but I really like it.
On Sunday we had been walking for forever and had not been able to find anything good for about 3 hours. Also, the couple days before had been kind of dry with a lot of walking and a lot of people saying no. We had the idea to go and visit an inactive member. When we got there he happily received us and we were able to visit with his 20 year old son, who was not a member and we were able to give him a baptismal date!!! He originally thought that he was a member, but just had not been baptized! I am super excited and I know it was a blessing because of the hard work we had put into finding this week! Then about 10 mins later, after we left that house we decided to go and visit an old investigator who we hadn't been able to contact for a while. We found her, which was a miracle and were able to get an appointment. Then right after that we were talking to people in the street and we found a woman who got baptized when she was 8 years old and hadn't gone to church since, but she had kids that had not been baptized. She said that she was thinking about coming back to church! Pretty crazy huh!! Then we had another investigator call us and apologize because he was not there when we passed by (we had passed by probably 10 times and he was not there). We got an appointment with him for Wednesday! It was a really cool day for me because all week we had just been working really hard, planning good, keeping good records, talking to tons of people, trying to get the members to share the gospel but nothing had been working. Then on Sunday night, the last day of the week we were receiving all of the blessings! It was pretty awesome! Even if all of those people don't follow through, it was still a miracle that we found them all!
I really like Elder Curtis! He is a good guy! We have ordered some good empandas a couple times this week! Good times!!!!
Also, one day we had a lunch appointment very very far away. We had to take a bus to get there. Anyways, this family really doest not have any money. She is a single mother of 5 children, and is not working consistently. She is looking but cannot find a way to do it around the schedual of her children. The house was pretty humble, but she was more than happy to have us over. We had another appointment right after lunch, so we had to eat fast and go. Well, when we got there she had just started cooking the food. I was a little annoyed, and forgot about all the sacrafices that she was doing for us. We ate fast and shared a quick message. It was good food, but I was a little bit worried because of the cleanliness of the utensils, but nothing has happened so far. So after we ate I was still annoyed about how long it took and how we were going to be late to our next appointment. You know how I am about time. Well, as we were leaving, she gives a a huge bag of food with tons of crackers, hot dogs and tons of food for us. I know for a fact that she did not have the money to do that and she was definitely sacrificing something to be able to give us that. In that moment, I realized how seflish and uncaring I was being towards her. I felt bad for the way I thought. I can't believe I thought that way. She was really giving us everything she had and I was too worried thinking that we were going to be late. How rude!!! Anways, I learned a great lesson there and am very thankful for the sacrafices that she made for us!
It was a good week! I love you guys!