Sat Jul 12. Today was super fun. We played soccer in the morning with 10 missionaries and then we went to the palacio for pictures. We visited Andres Varela in the night. He had a good story for us. He was walking with his wife back home from a date. They obviously had to be looking pretty good. Andres heard a man that was following them, whistling and making smart remarks about his wife. He turned around to talk to him and the guy just kept being disrespectful. The guy tried to punch Andres and he went off on him. Andres said he had him on the ground and was pounding on him. I totally believe him because he has a bunch of marks in his hand. He said that was cuts from the mans teeth. After that nasty story, we sang a song to bring the spirit and then had a really good lesson about Jesus Christ.
Sun Jul 13. Today I taught gospel principles with E Castellanos. We taught about the holy ghost. We had a good lunch with Majo and Lucas. They are fun to be around. Then we helps the APs with the numbers and planned.
Mon Jul 14. Today was the normal Monday. Bolsa prep and running to get things for the bolsa that was from the Smiths. We went to get plaques, but they messed up on a couple for the week. We waited for the APs to do the diario until 10:30. They worked a whole 10 hours total on the diario... Patience is a virtue.
Tues Jul 15. We had a conference with 4 zones today. It was another conference with President and the APs. We talked about a couple things that I liked a lot. First, you have to learn to resist love. You have to go to an extra effort to be unkind. Light always chases the darkness away. Darkness really isnt something that exists. Its the inexistence of light. Jesus Christ says multiple times that he is THE LIGHT of the world. Second, waking up “en cuanto a Dios” I dont really know how that would sound good in English. But its in the Doctrine of Christ in the BoM. Third, We bring the lesson to the hearts of the children of men, then Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are able to work together to get the message INTO their hearts! Then we went over the purposes of each lesson and had a couple practies. Afterwards, we were able to talk for a while. I talked with a ton of people. Its really to know every single person out of the missionaries in Cerro, Flores, Colonia, and Oeste.
Wed Jul 16. We had the charla fogonera practice this morning. I love them so much! Music is so amazing and I am grateful I have been blessed with music in my life! Later that night, we went to the airport with one of my best friends from the mission so far. We dropped him off and then ran a couple Elders around to fix the changes for the new area.
Thur Jul 17. Today we went to drop of the mail early and then we went to the charla fogonera practice. We had a good talk with Andres and Flabia again about the deep doctrine behind Jesus Christ. I was kind of glad because Andres was really excited about that talk and was really interested. We ended up teaching about the book of Mormon. We had a reference that had been to Church 3 times, has 3 kids, but just needs to get married! That would be cool to meet. We knocked at the door, but they werent there. We visited the Mello family too and had a pretty good lesson. The mom, who is the only member, is kind of working against us and saying that she just wants us to come once a week. THAT DOESNT HELP! They have listened to the góspel for 7 years but they havent progressed or gone to Church because they dont keep their commitments! Yuly is our hope there. She is quiet, but always has good questions and is very interested. She has kept her praying and Reading commitments for 2 weeks now so thats good! She just needs to go to Church now! We have tried to talk to Fernando and his son Joaquin but they are very busy with the divorce and worrying about where Joaquin will stay. He wants to stay with Fernando, his dad, but the men dont have a big say in this country about those things!
Fri Jul 18. We had a pretty normal day until our Ward activity. We had a good show up, but the games were crazy and people were not necessarily getting along. We had some good food at the end though. Then we were playing soccer with the Young men and I got a call from Elder Nelson. He had told me the other day that he had got shot in the back of the head by a BB gun. He didnt think he should go to the hospital though. That was on Tuesday. He calls me Friday night and told me he is in the hospital and found out the BB is still in his head. He will have to wait ANOTHER week for surgery. He is fine but he just has a head ache. We picked him up and took him home.
Funny story that happened Thursday: We went to the Financers house. When we pulled up, there were a bunch of girls that were waiting at the door of the apartments. They were about 16-20 years old and there were 6 of them. We walked up behind them but we had to wait too so we just said hi and then waited. Their friend came down and let us in. Then they had 7 girls going in the elevator. We decided that we didnt want to go in with 7 girls even though there was probably room. The elevator took what seemed like forever. They were kind of whispering back and forth to eachother and then they would all burst out laughing. Then the elevator came and we decided we would just take the stairs. We were running up the stairs to tell the financers what happened. Then a couple floors up, we heard them get out of the elevator and go into their apartment. We stopped and then kept running. The financers live on floor number 4. The tricky thing is that the ground level floor is number 0. Elder Castellanos didnt know that and he burst into the floorth floor room, where the financers were supposed to be, instead of floor number 4. Just our luck, my comp ran right into the room where the party of girls was. He stopped and then said “PERDON ¨PERDON!”, slammed the door, and continued running upstairs. I was on the floor dying.
This week has been hard for us to get out and work because of other emergencies that have came up. We have had some good lessons though. Elder Castellanos and I teach pretty well together. We are both doing awesome on our office work so hopefully this week will be better in our area!
Dad asked me a couple questions I thought I would answer on this email!
When is the next change? The change happens July 30th. However, since I have been asked to stay for the charla fogonera, I will leave August 3rd to the next area! Hopefully I can tell you all next week where that area is!!!!
Whats the weather like? Nice! Its been really cold in past weeks but this week was nice! I have been feeling a bit chilly without a sweater but I like it!
What I have learned this week: I am ready to leave the offices and preach the gospel! I have had a crazy busy life in the offices and I am ready to worry about people more than numbers and peoples health! Give me something better, like peoples salvation or something like that. Things happen that arent according to plans and you have to be able to catch the new wave and ride it! I have been trying to help the other office elders too so that when I leave, they will work the best to their abilities! It doesnt help to keep your feelings inside, when others can be corrected. Also in that same way, I have learned that you have to be able to take feedback well. It doesnt help to get upset, most of the things people tell you are to help you out and make you better yourself! Thats a lot of what the repentance process is: Becoming better and changing the way you do and see things to become like our savior Jesus Christ.
I love you all so much! Thanks so much for your love and support for me!