Dear family and friends,
Hope you all had a good week! Mine was pretty normal as far as missionary standards. You know, some miracles, some heartaches (I liked the way Elder Adam Young said it in last week`s report).
So, here`s some random news bits from this week. Sorry, I didn`t organize my thoughts on a sticky note in my planner this week, so sorry if it`s jumbled.
-We got a second counselor in the branch presidency! When I came to this area six weeks ago, we only had a secretary. The district president was acting as branch president (and still is). But now we have a first and second counselor! Woohoo!
-Mario came to church again! We didn`t see him all week because he was working in the northern part of the country, but we called him on Sunday afternoon and he said (in his usual miraculous way), ``Oh yeah, I just got into town a few hours ago. Of course I`m going to come to church.`` Ah, those are the moments you live for!
-Luis Alberto`s super negative wife always says terrible things when we come to visit. But this week we gave Luis his baptism photos, and the wife`s heart was softened and told us that she can see we`re good people. She gifted us coconuts, and Luis Alberto nearly gave me a heart attack as I watched the elderly man climb onto his roof to cut them down.
-We were making the rounds on Sunday afternoon before church (our branch meets at 2:00), a dog that always barks at us in an investigator`s house was loose from his chain and came running at us. My companion screamed, but the dog only went flying by. Then we died laughing.
-Sometimes I have bachata songs stuck in my head because they`re constantly playing in the streets. Sometimes I can`t sleep because they`re stuck in my head.
-I`m grateful for a sweet companion! One day I was hot and rather grumpy because every appointment was falling through and investigators had told us that they didn`t want anything to do with the Mormons and so forth. I said in a moment of desperation, ``What are we doing wrong? Are we really such bad missionaries that nobody wants to hear this message? What can we change?`` And my companion`s just like, ``Maybe you just need to sleep more.`` Then she pulled out a scripture as we walked and helped me see the bigger picture.
Anyway, I`m out of time and I don`t have much more to say. I`m going to focus more this week on feeling the Spirit and helping my investigators to feel it too. And also, I`m going to sleep better! Doesn`t Elder Holland have a quote about that?
It`s a transfer week! I`ll let you know what happens!
Lots of love,
1) The district on Valentine`s Day
2) Cocos at Luis Alberto`s house. First time drinking coconut milk!
3) Awkward companionship selfie with our cocos