Monday, January 13, 2014

Last Week of the Transfer!

Buenos Dias!!

Oh my goodness no puedo creer that this is the last week of the transfer! It has gone by SO fast. In 1 week I won't be a greenie anymore, and in 3 days I turn 3!! (Also this means I won't email until Tuesday next week.)
Alright today I have more time to email, so let me answer all the questions y'all sent and tell you the most exciting news of my mission so far!
The Gilbert temple - not in our mission...the only temple is still the Gila Valley. And not in our mission = we don't go. BUT the members are excited to have another temple. Hopefully some are going to the open house...
The Spanish branch and English ward actually used to be combined 100%, so yeah they get along super well. The youth and Primary are always together still. It's super fun to have both.
Grandma asked if we still do lots of service, and it's sad to say, but as of late, the answer is no. We haven't had time and there have been fewer opportunities. Turns out when you do hours and hours every week, eventually people start to run out of things for you to do...
As for great contacts...we had a rough week finding new investigators. Hopefully this week will be better.
Before I tell my good stories...here's a sad one. Yesterday we went to Phoenix (like our whole mission got bussed up there) because Elder Holland was supposed to come and speak, but Friday we found out he wasn't coming and a member of the 70 came. It was good, but not the same as Holland. And it was a long, expensive trip. We were all so bummed... 

Funny story...this will explain why as Spanish missionaries we always talk about why we don't like white people. We went to see if we could find this former investigator, but they weren't home. Another former lived not too far away, and since we had like 30ish minutes, I suggested we walk down the street instead of driving there. As we walked we met two people. the first was a white man, probably in his 60s, who was working on his car. We walked up to him and started talking to him, but all he wanted to do was bash on Obama. He told us that if we want to do something useful, we should assassinate Obama and then we can come back and talk to him. He also told us to go find someone who actually cares about our message. It was super funny because he wasn't rude, just crazy. We then continued walking, and the next guy we saw was also a man in his 60s, but he was Mexican (doesn't even speak English). We talked to him for a little bit, and he was super friendly and of course accepted a LdM (most Mexicans are pretty open to talk to us). He was like "Oh I can read this at night! I live alone and don't have anything to do when I get home from work." He also said he wants to come to English class and asked us when we have our church services. Not that he showed up yesterday, but who knows maybe he'll come to English class. Either way, he was so much cooler than the crazy white guy.
Best 2 things from this week let's see...
First is THE BEST THING OF MY MISSION!! We have a baptism on Friday!!! For realz. So I don't think I've told you anything about this investigator. Her name is Lourdes, and she is the girlfriend of a recent convert. The sisters started seeing her like 5 months ago, but she was only curious and said that she wouldn't ever be baptized (haha that was her first mistake). She was a pretty devout Catholic. And was not about to believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet. She was like this until about 2 weeks ago. Lourdes hadn't really been reading the Book of Mormon, so we decided that there was 0 point in teaching anything to her anymore until she read it. So we started reading with her, especially since she was having a hard time understanding it. We got through chapter 7 with her, and it was super good. As we were reading (she just told us this), a comment Elder Whitman had made to her before he left kept going through her mind - about Joseph Smith not having an education. We kept reading, and she realized that there was no way he could have written it. One night, she even went on a little 5 minute tangent on how exciting the BoM is and that she wanted to keep reading to know what happens to Nephi. It was pretty awesome. Then last (like a week ago) Sunday she met with the Bishop because she wanted to get to know him. In the middle of their meeting, he suddenly leaned forward and asked her if she believed Joseph Smith was a prophet. Before she even realized what she was saying, she blurted out "Yes!" He asked if she would be baptized, and she said yes again and then he told her to talk to us. We saw her the next day and she told us she wants to be baptized as soon as possible and that she is making this a change for life - that she's 100% in and it's for her and her baby, not for her boyfriend. It was incredible and we didn't even know what to say! We were SO excited. At church yesterday, the difference in her was like night and day. Previously at church she was super quiet and not outgoing, but yesterday she was chatting with people and smiling and sat with Sis. Duarte (who came with us to visit her last week) through every meeting. Those two are practically BFFs already and Hna Johnson and I were so happy to see Lourdes seem so much more comfortable. Several sisters asked us in Relief Society more about her and everyone has been very welcoming. First baptism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My other best thing was that we got to see our favorite less active - Blanca - twice last week!! The first time was because last week SHE told US we should come over Wednesday to help her take down her Christmas tree (we decorated it with her a month ago). So we did, and it was fun because we dragged the tree outside and burned it. BIG flames. Then we shared a message, and as we were leaving asked if she wanted to feed 4 hungry missionaries the next day (because we and the Rio Rico elders didn't have dinner). To our surprise she said yes, and then invited her less-active sister to come too! Haha it was awesome! Blanca is such a mom to us sometimes too. She always gets after me for not wearing sweaters...
Another cool story about another less active named Pamela! We stopped by her house on Friday, but she didn't have time for a messge because she was on her way to work, but we chatted for a couple minutes and she told us we should come next week, and made sure we had her phone number so we could call. Then, she was at church on Sunday (what!?) and told Hna. Johnson her work schedule so that we could know when to come. (This was the sister we had a miracle blessing with about 6ish weeks ago where all our plans and the elders plans fell through one night and we showed up as our last attempt to see someone, she actually opened the door, we called they elders and they gave her a blessing.) Which means we will get to see her this week again! She's super sweet and has the cutest little girl. 

Wow this email is like a novel! But it was an awesome week. Also so I thought I was doing good about being really calm and not hyper or over-enthusiastic on my mission....turns out that might not be the case. The bishop made fun of me yesterday for being so excited and when I said something to my companion and the Rio Rico elders they laughed and said I'm excited about everything. I told them I thought I was being super calm and they looked at me like I was crazy. But I swear I'm calmer than at home!
Well I think that's all I got for now.
K, love you bye!

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