Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sooo yeah the church is totally true:)

December 8, 2014

Yes Miguel is still feeling sad.. But at least he came to church yesterday and then came back for the devotional! He tells us it's cause he feels sick but I'm not sure... But on the bright news he is totally best friends with like everyone at church and he is like a professional mingle-er! And so is Jasmin! They love going to the classes and are making lots of friends!:) Its so great.

Pretty much all of the people who we visit are youth. Literally, we just noticed yesterday that almost all of our investigators are between the ages of 15 and 25... Our most potente investigator is named Emmanuel and he's super cool (20 years old...) and he's getting baptized on the 20th!!! Which is a way funny story cause at first we challenged him for the 27th of December but then we realized quickly that he was so prepared so we've been kinda trying to persuade him to get baptized a week earlier but he hasn't wanted to. But on Saturday he came to see this baptism with us (Another wards baptism) and afterward he tells us that it's cool if he gets baptized on the 20th. Haha I love teaching him 'cause he's so receptive and he's way funny too.

Yesterday was the day of changes and probably like the most successful day we've had in the whole transfer! So on Saturday, on our way to a lesson (we were bringing this 15 year old punk girl investigator of ours to a house of some really great members) this guy on the street calls out to us, and starts talking to us. He tells us he wants us to teach him our classes cause his New Year's goal is to be closer to God, and that he wants to come to church tomorrow. And actually even when people say that they usually don't ever come so we were a little surprised when he called us yesterday morning to tell us he was coming, and that we needed to wait for him!  He came late so church was already over but we were still there so we grabbed a member to accompany us and gave him a tour of the church! Within 5 minutes of being there, he's met a bunch of members, all 6 missionaries of the ward, and the bishop and his family. Then we're showing him around the church and he sees the picture of the first vision on the wall and stops and says, "Wow I really like this picture" so the member with us starts explaining what it is and everything and he says "I like it not necessarily because of what it is, but more how I feel when I look at it.." And while the member is kinda explaining the story, HW and I are looking at each other with jaws dropped and the elders are listening in equally shocked and super jealous I'm sure that we found this guy haha. So then we decide to take him into the chapel and teach him right then and there the restoration, and invite him to baptism and he says yes because he wants to be in the camino recto. Which would be like, the straight and narrow path that leads to heaven kind of thing. 
Whaaaaa?? This guy is soooo perfect!!!!! We're way stoked to be teaching him. His name is Charlie Chan.:)

Then later that day we go to the house of the Palma Martinez family cause M (the kid who teaches the gospel principles class and is way cool) invited his friend over to listen to us and he had told us beforehand that he wanted us to come teach him, but to take it slow cause he didn't want to pressure him or anything so we probably shouldn't invite to baptism the first visit. And we were like umm we have to.. its actually a rule of the mission to invite to baptism on the first lesson and if you don't, well that's what repentance is for. SO we're like... ummm we'll see. So we start in slow, but quickly realize that this kid is super prepared and so we show him that "He is the gift" video and get in to talking about baptism and we're like so how do you feel about all this up to now?  And he's like "you know, I think everyone deep down knows that this is true, and that it has been true all along, but people are just paying attention more to what the world says" and we're like..... do you want to get baptized? And he's like.... "Yeah I think so... I think that's what I lack at this point in my life.."  BAM two baptismal dates and golden investigators in one day. And then I wanted to punch M in the face for wanting us to go slow with him. But not really 'cause M is the coolest.

And then we watched the Christmas devo in English cause Elder Tobler is awesome and set it up in the family history center for all the gringo missionaries! And Elder Christofferson's talk was soo amazing. And so was Eyrings. Actually they all were. 

Soo yeah the church is totally true:)

In other news, the ward bullies me cause I don't iron my clothes.... I swear you don't need to cause its so humid here so as soon as you walk outside your clothes iron themselves!!!! But HW is like crazy about ironing stuff and always asks to planch [planchar = to iron ] my clothes every morning and every morning I tell her that she's crazy 'cause you don't need to. But yesterday she goes and tells the Palma Martinez family that I never planch anything and they all act like its a great sin or something.. I don't get it. 

In other other news, transfers came last night, and our prayers were answered!!!! The groundhog didn't see his shadow and there's 6 more weeks of winter!!! Yayyy too bad there's no such thing as winter here....!  Haha but yeah HW and I get 6 more weeks together here in Chichen!!! AND president gave us 2 less companionships of girls this time YAY so we're not going to constantly be on divisions!!

But the bad news is Elder Tobler is leaving the ward and he was totally planning a bunch of cool ward activities that we were going to do.. ET has been my zone leader for the majority of my mission because he was my zone leader in Ticul too then I followed him here. But it's cool because the new zone leader and elder in the ward is Elder Chappel, and I think Miranda told me that his family is in our stake or something cause she knows his sister! So that's cool.

UGHHH I don't have time to write now, but SO MUCH has happened this week!! I only just scratched the surface, I only wrote about Sunday!!!!!!

Well on Tuesday we got to do a session in the temple for the first time in more than a year, and got up at 3 in the morning to go, then had to give the capacitation in another zone for the zone conference, and then we went to this little town called Motul and I went to Kini which probably has a population of like 100 people... and then we did divisions again and then we had English classes that a bunch of people went to and then we ate this food called pibes which were sooo good and had another random capacitation and did an activity in the parque with a ton of missionaries where we sang Christmas carols to people and the assistants showed us how to contact an entire bus of people by singing Christmas carols. [note from the editor- yes this is a run on sentence but it gives you a more accurate representation of how she really writes!!! ] And a lot more but I have to go now so I'll write more next week!

Love you all bye!!!


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