This week was really good. We had exchanges on
Tuesday, which actually went really well. It was fun. We went to teach a
new investigator of ours-this70something year old man and his caretaker
came and sat in on our lesson. Her husband is a pastor at her church.
Needless to say, it was an interesting discussion on the Restoration.
We'll see what happens this week :)
On Saturday, our recent convert wanted to take us to a fresas y
crema cart (strawberries and cream) so met him at his house. When we got
there, he and his nephews were eating raw oysters. It's kind of gross-
they just open up the shell and put some lemon/ lime juice on it, salt
and chili and then you just eat it out of the shell. Anyways, long story
short, I tried some and it was definitely kind of weird, but not as bad
as I had expected. I ate two and I my stomach is still doing ok, so I
think we're good. He was telling us that their is a kind of shellfish
they eat in Mexico that when you open it, it's red with black juice and
it's still alive/ moving around. You just put chili on it and then eat
it...squirming and everything. Maybe next time. I wanted to take a
picture of it, but I didn't bring my camera so hopefully I can take a
picture next time.
Some of the elders in our ward had a baptism yesterday and our
investigator Juan came with us!! He is the one that took forever to pray
a couple weeks ago. Actually, it was really interesting because last
week, alot of things changed with him. We met with him that Sunday after
church and he told us that he had read the entire chapter we left with
him and he'd watched the Restoration 3 or 4 times before we came! He
really really likes coming to church and has begun to make some really
good friendships with some of the men in the ward. Anyways, he'd told us
in the past that he could only meet with us on the weekends, but then
that Sunday, he said that he actually has a couple hours in between his
jobs where he is home during the week. He told us to come whatever day
we want to. He's trying to overcome drug and alcohol addictions right
now to prepare for his baptism, and he's doing really well. There's
several men in the ward that are also helping him and strengthening him
through that. It's amazing to see how different he is from when we first
met him. We're so excited for April 21st!
We had a mission conference on Thursday that was really great. They
talked a lot about asking questions (quoted Clayton Christensen's book
several times), faith, sacrificing our heart, might, mind and strength
to the work and the Lord, and then the character of Christ. It was in
alot of ways what I needed to hear right now and helped answer some of
the things I've been thinking about lately. It was kind of funny.
President took some time to teach us how to talk to people. Kind of
funny/ pathetic that our generation has to be taught how to socialize
with people, but asi es. I've been surprised on my mission to realize
how much of missionary work really does have to do with your ability to
communicate and build relationships with people. Especially since most
people don't communicate outside of anything technological/ texting/
video games/ etc...
Love and miss you all,