Sunday, June 1, 2014

"Dang special changes..."

 So guess what happened this week?. Special changes AGAIN.

 I swear I am a magnet for these dang special changes. And this time they weren't for us but they affected us. Like a ton. 

So yesterday everyone's trying to call the elderes from Huerta (our next door neighbor area) and I don't know why but nobody can get a hold of them. But whatever we have better things to worry about right? So this morning, our zone leader calls and he's like :" Hermana Smith can you check and see if Hermana Garcia left a black bag in the chapel? she can't find it. Oh and by the way, the elderes of Huerta had special changes and now they're gone and Huerta is officially temporarily the responsibility of you guys. good luck bye!" Do you KNOW how many people we're talking here? Ticul is pretty small, but we have a TON of people to visit. We were actually about to ask President Garcia to send another companionship here to help us cause we don't have enough time in the week to visit all the people that need to be visited. BUT haha Hermana Smith funny story now you have not only your area but ANOTHER one as well!! 

So this will be a fun week. involving lots of moto taxis. Hopefully someone will be returning to Huerta next week for the real changes, but hey who knows? Maybe this is God's way of telling me I'm not working hard enough or something? But I'm excited. It'll be fun. 

OK another cool thing. So we have this investigator C, and about 2 weeks ago we were teaching her, and her neighbor walks in, this 12 year old girl named D. so we invite her to watch the movie with us (we were going to watch the restauration) and so she does and after we're talking about like faith or how God answers prayers and everything, and then we ask D if she wants to say the prayer. So she does and she starts crying and telling God how her brother died and she's really sad and.. I didn't really understand a whole ton cause she was crying, but afterward we hugged her and gave her a plan of salvation pamphlet and told her we would visit her sometime. Oh and we gave her a book of Mormon too. Then we got super busy and kinda forgot about her until a couple days ago, when C reminded us about her again, so we decided to be late to our appointment and go see her real quick. And when we went to her house we started talking to her and she brought us her book of Mormon, and she had been reading it religiously!! No pun intended. In 1 1/2 weeks she read all the way to Alma 20 something. And she totally understood it all!  She was telling us about Nefi and his family and Alma and the four sons of Mosiah and we were like astounded. We went over restauration with her, totally got it all. And accepted a baptismal date. And this is a big deal cause people here, they don't read. And when they do read, they don't understand. And much less kids! Actually that's not true, some of our best investigators are kids. But it was really cool. 

In other news, we got kicked out of a house for the first time this week. I don't know if it was the spirit of contention or a misunderstanding or WHAT but we were talking to this girl and her dad was there making hats and turns out he's a less active member. But he hasn't gone to church in years. Anyway so we were GOING to sing a hymn but we get to talking to this guy and we're asking him about his experience with the church and why he stopped going and he tells us that he used to leave with the missionaries to preach, but when the misionary who baptised him returned to his house, he lost all his enthusiasm. Then I don't know how it came up but he says something like " oh and we have to suffer like God suffered cause if we don't then we're saying that we're better than God!" And HT with the best intentions explains that we don't have to suffer, and that's exactly why Christ suffered, so we don't have to. But he misunderstands or something and starts yelling and so I try to calm him down and he's all "You don't understand the doctrine! you don't understand anything! You're just kids and you shouldn't be teaching the gospel! I know more than you cause I've taught with the missionaries! You're not mormons! You don't know that this is true!" and just a bunch of nasty stuff. And at first it was kinda funny cause he was like "you're not mormons!" and I was like "um last time I checked I was.. and hey, yup I have this nametag here that says I am so yeah.." but then he was like in my face and I'm not gonna lie it kinda shook me. Not my testimony or anything, just the experience. practically all of the people are super nice and accepting here, but those that aren't... well we have to try to teach them anyway and at least be loving towards them. but wow.. that was rough. So he told us to leave and not return and we shook his hand and left. His daughter was like "yeah another day, another day.." which is the nice people way of saying don't come back... but hey what're you gonna do?

OK so there's just some of my stories for the week. Hope you enjoyed them. And I'm going to be calling the house on skype at either 4 or 5 in MEXICO time. not sure what time that is there. right now its 5:06 here. so like this hour or an hour earlier. Also I invited Shelley to the house for that call, hope that's ok. if not, well kick her out but just be nicer than the guy who kicked us out of his house.. ;) 

See you all next week! 


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