June 2, 2014
Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great week and are doing well! I can’t believe that I have been here for 29 week already and almost have 7 months in my mission!! Just a few things from out here to catch you all up on:
First just some news from San Mateo Atenco... This week my package arrived from my mom and it was awesome getting some American Food and a late Birthday present! Second, a part of our little town flooded this past week, it was raining really, really hard and the river overflowed into the streets and there was about a foot of water in the streets for about 4 hours. Also, my zone leader Elder Vargas got the chicken pox, he has to stay in for another 2 weeks so we temporarily have a new zone leader from Utah named Elder Noel. Lastly, yesterday we had our dinner really, really far away and there was a huge Catholic festival in the little town we needed to go trough and so no buses were running. We walked about 2 hours to our dinner and had to walk back through the huge parade. I am not really sure why but the parade had a ton of people who were cross dressing... and of course being the only white person in the whole crowd everyone thought it would be really funny to try and hit on me... “Guero, vente guero”... which means White boy, come here white boy... just a little funny story that I thought I’d add.
Secondly, just an update from the ward and area here. I love the ward that we are in. The ward out here is a lot more like a ward in the United States. Some things they have that the other ward here lack are things such as: Church attendance, active young men and young women, mutual, etc. The majority of the people in this area are a lot better off than in my last area and the majority of them have visas for the United States and visit there, like and follow football (American football) and basketball. They give me updates all the time... haha. We have some amazing ward member such as Sister Colin. Wow I have never met anyone like Sister Colin. Imagine Sister Campbell on steroids.... she loves missionary work and takes her calling so seriously. She is a ward missionary and literally goes up and down the street contacting people and looking for people for us to teach as if she were a full time missionary. She gives us about 4-5 references to us each week and the 2 people who were baptized last week were her friends that she met contacting in the street. Lastly we have a lot of young men in this ward who are all super funny and they all love me. It is really nice to feel like the missionary that I always loved and wanted to be when we had missionaries in Seattle and New York.
Sorry I have been kind of lacking on the spiritually experiences and I will try and do better with that, so here are a few spiritual experiences from this week:
First: We met a family this week that let us in and wanted us to teach them, they were really enveloped in the lesson and loved everything we taught. They have a 16-year old daughter who loved everything we taught and was really focused. After the lesson the mom, Rosa, pulled us aside and thanked us for everything and started to explain and that her daughter is really, really rebellious and they always fight and that during our lesson that was the most calm she has ever seen here daughter and that she wants us to continue to teach her. It was so cool to see how even such a small little lesson from the gospel of Jesus Christ can really have such a huge impact on the lives of others.
Second: This week we got a call from the Young Women’s president to come over to her house immediately because she had someone for us to teach. Sister Ingry and her husband both work a lot and have a little kid, although Sister Ingry works from home she always has a lot to do and hired a Nanny named Pati. The day sister Ingry called us she had us come over to teach her nanny. That day Pati had an emotional breakdown. Pati is 16 years old, her mom passed away when she was little, and her dad is abusive. About 2 years ago she moved out to live with her older sister. The day we went to teach Pati she was crying because she really missed her mom. Sister Ingry was so sweet, so kind and loving and really acted like the mom that Pati doesn’t have. When we arrived at the house we had an amazing lesson about the Plan of Salvation and the things that Pati needs to do to be able to live with her mom again forever. She was so grateful for the lesson but the best part was the love and testimony that Sister Ingry shared. You could tell how much she truly loved and cared for Pati and it was amazing to see that Christ-like love. This made me think of the Hymn "Love one another". In the hymn it says "Ye are my disciples IF ye have love one to another". A lot of the times as missionaries and members of the church we over look the importance of true Christ-like love. Really all of us can be a little more like Sister Ingry.
Well I hope you all have a great week and I hope you all know that I love you and miss you tons! Thank you for all your love and support!