I don't know what to write about, as usual. Time feels like a blur and I can't believe it's Monday again. Today we went to La Mitad del Mundo, also known as the middle of the world or the Equator. I'm not sure exactly how accurate the painted yellow line is, but hey, it's fun to at least pretend to be in 2 hemispheres at once! First time I've crossed to the northern hemisphere since December so hey that was fun!
This week was crazy with divisions, lessons, contacting, meetings, teaching, etc etc etc.
Our investigator Jorge is super cool. He's 17 and when we first started teaching him a few weeks ago, we were a little hesitant because his girlfriend is a member from a different stake, and we didn't want him to get baptized just for her. But they had been going out for a year before he decided that he wanted to listen to the missionaries. And this week he told us that he's not even dating her anymore. WOOHOO! It's fantastic because "Hey, get baptized and go on a mission!" he's come to church twice now and has a baptismal date for october 14th. He understands really well, reads the BoM and prays, and is going to be on the ward futbol (soccer) team. The priests quorum has taken him right in and I am just praying I don't get transfered next week because I so want to be here for his baptism!
Ok on divisions I almost had to eat caldo de pata, which is soup with cow leg in it and it is seriously AWFUL. But the hermana gave me encebollado instead and I was so grateful. And then on Friday the hermana gave us caldo de pata. I wanted to cry when she told us. I think she could tell we were'nt the most excited ever, so she took out the leg and just gave us the soup. So blessed. Seriously. But that hermana also told me that she wants me to marry her son. He lives in Mexico, speaks 6 languages, is inactive, and is a professional ballerina. Hmm. I'm flattered. ;)
This week I had a cold, pretty much had no voice yesterday. It's just a cold Mom, don't worry, I'm fine. But everybody and their dog was suggesting things that I have to take. Herbal tea of orange and cinnamon. Gargle with lime and salt. Here, take these pills, it will make you feel better. Hahaha I just say thank you and change the topic. Until the pills. Don't worry, dad, I didn't take anybody's pills. I told them I was already on medications (didn't tell them it was just ibuprofen). Good times, good times.
We had tons of investigators in church yesterday, and lots of less actives that we have been inviting as well. Made my heart happy. Jorge, the 17 year old who is so awesome. Guadalupe, her boyfriend Eduardo, and her daughter Nicole. Guadalupe and Eduardo fight all the time and they won't even share the pamphlets we leave them. They're like little kids, it's kinda hilarious. But then its like, hey get married or separate. Seriously you're hardly even friends why do you live together? haha. They live above Derwin and he always brings them to church. Ender, Derwin's friend from Venezuela, also came. He is teeny tiny and talks super slowly, very opposite of Derwin. Johana and her daughter Angelina. (Cesar, the husband, is slacking. We don't think he really wants to act, just to listen to us. But Johana is progressing so well!)
We were teaching a family of less actives, Flia Armijos. They want to go to the temple to be sealed. They have been members for more than 3 years. We started teaching Plan of Salvation and then quickly realized that the dad of the family had no idea what the Godhead was. Aaand we'll leave it right there with Adam and Eve, let's talk about God and Jesus because they're actually not the same person. (how did you pass your baptismal interview, seriously people)
Derwin was with us in a lesson with Nicole, Guadalupe's daughter. He shared his testimony with her and one thing that he said that touched me so much was, talking about how the gospel has changed his life, "I don't know how to explain it. I just know how to live it." It was so powerful.
Well, family and friends and maybe strangers, any person who is reading this, I know that Christ lives and He is so merciful with all of our imperfections. If you think you're just not good enough or you've fallen too far to come back to the gospel, just remember that that's a lie and that Christ "hath decended below them all" so that He can bring you back. He can forgive you. He can change you. And He will. You just have to be willing to be changed.
Todo mi amor,
"Come as you are, but don't expect to stay as you are." --I don't remember
today we went to the middle of the world and it was awesome!
hna pajaro from colombia, there was a chocolate exhibit and she started singing the song from dora and i had to take a picture just for Dad "bate bate chocolate!" hahaha
most of my district!
there was a green screen foto booth, it was cool