This week has been a great one. We got to have some exchanges, we had a baptismal interview, and we taught Mariana.
The other companionship had been working with a great investigator for the last few weeks. I got to interview him and he was all set for his baptism. Well on Thursday he disappeared. We are not quite sure where he is at, but he didn’t get baptized to say the least. Poor guy. He was actually really progressing. We heard from his sister that the last time she saw him he was leaving with his backpack on and a tub of coffee caressed in his loving arms. We just haven’t been able to get a hold of him. The elders are bummed, but all is well in Zion.
The best of the week has been that we have been able to meet with Mariana a few times and her baptism is set for this Friday. She is really excited. She still hasn’t told her mom, but she says she is getting baptized either way.. She really wants to tell her mom but it just scares her a lot. We want her to tell her mom because we want to teach her whole family!! We will see how it goes.
I got to work with Elder Koyle for a day this week. I love that guy. It’s been a long time since we worked together. We found 2 new people and set a date with both of them!! It was a miracle to find them. We were talking to the older lady, Maria, on her porch and she was just kind of like oh come back another day, but we didn’t stop talking. Out of nowhere she was just like, “you know what come on in and teach me.” Her son was also there and he understood reallyyyy well. It was a great lesson and a miracle to see the spirit touch her and let us in.
The coolest miracle that we saw this week we saw as a zone. So last mission council we talked a lot about finding. President Clayton told us he wanted to double the number of new investigators we are finding. As a zone we normally find around 25 new investigators a week. This week we saw miracle after miracle and ended with 61 new investigators in one week. It is so cool to take what President teaches us, teach it to the zone, trust in it, put it into practice, and literally see the fulfillment of his promises. This mission is amazing and guided by revelation and I trust in every word our president speaks to us. How could I deny it when it is happening right before my eyes?
I just love being out here. I want to be better. The mission just really exposes your flaws and it’s awesome cause you actually want to do something about it. It’s super motivating being out here. I’m glad I have to chance to be out here. It’s humbling and such a blessing. GO ON A MISSION.
Well to finish this weekly update.. ‘Ive got to drop that shout out to the parentals. 23 years of marriage.. that is a feat. I cant even handle being with myself 24/7 and I’m not even 20.. How they have done it I know not, but I’m thankful. Also happy birthday to my dad. Don’t go grey on me. Love you man.
Have a good week everyone. Love you all!
Hey! whats goin on fam? Its been a great week out here in Santiago Ixcuintla. My 21st week here to be exact. I’m closing right in on that 6 month mark. Its pretty crazy to stay that long in an area. According to my mission president, the apostles dont want us staying in our area for more than 6 months. Granted there are always special exceptions, but these could potentially be my last three weeks here. I have grown to absolutely love it. I don’t know how, but it’s happened. I love Santiago.
This week we found a bunch of people to teach. They all have a little bit of potential, but there are about three that really stick out. They listen, but the trick will be to help them keep commitments. I bet they will.
I got to go back to San Blas this week. It was soooo good to go back. I got to have exchanges out there and it was so fun to teach all of the people I used to teach again. They all told me I looked so happy and skinny. Everyone tells me I look so skinny but I’m like 164 pounds so I think I’m doing fantastic.
We had a good Sunday. The attendance was rather low this week which is just real upsetting, but we will work with the families that didn’t come this week. We had a spiritual testimony meeting and I really enjoyed it. I love the testimonies of the little kids. They are so real! I love to listen to them.
Last night we had a branch presidents meeting and it was good. To be honest it was extremely long. I felt like a young priest in a BYC with Bishop Mayfield haha! Just kidding I loved those meetings. But it was really long and then we had left and the District President went all the way home about 40 minutes away, and I realized I left my dang bag in the high council room. So it’s still just chillin in there and I really dont know when I’ll have access to that little guy again .
Something that I’ve really found myself thinking about and reflecting on is the importance of scripture study. Many times we imagine missionaries as people who are constantly studying the scriptures and who have huge spiritual experiences every morning. Well it does happen often, but we have a ton of problems and temptations as we study as well. We often have meetings and things in the mornings or exchanges and we find ourselves at the end of the day without a real good scripture study. I feel huge differences. I feel empty and guilty to be honest when I dont get a good read in. I love the scriptures. I think the best thing we can do is pray to feel the desire to read the scriptures. It should feel like a necessity. After we have prayed we just need to read until it feels that way.
It’s about 98 degrees everyday with 90% humidity and it’s just incredible. I honestly sweat a large amount everyday. Its atrocious. The rain is just playing games with us. The skies are black and it starts to sprinkle a little bit and then it stops and its 110% humid. It has yet to just down poor but they say it’s around the corner…who knows.
My companion and I decided that it was no longer worth it to wash our clothes by hand. We have decided to stop withholding the money and take it to a lady. So last week we dropped off the clothes and the next day we picked them up and went back to the house. We opened up the bag, and never in my almost year as a missionary have I smelled such a ravishing smell! Freshly washed AND dried clothes. SHE USED A DRYER. a dryer. I don’t remember the last time my clothes were carefully tumble dried. Wow what a blessing it was. She is such a great laundry dooer and I’m going to bring her back home with me. I’m choosing to leave the fact that she is a middle aged overweight Mexican woman to the side. The laundry was that good. Thanks Juanita. You’re wonderful. You can bet your sweet little boots that our clothes are in her solicitous care right now.
Well that’s a week for ya here in Santiago Nayarit. Count your blessings and use your dryers.
I love you all and I pray for you. I could use a few more prayers down here!
Stay close to the god and develop a relationship with him that cant be moved. He loves us and cares for us. He is there for us and he guides us. Prayer is the key to open the counsel and guidance He has waiting for us. Learn to pray, and pray often.
adios nos vemos fam.