Well the second I sit down to write my emails I cannot remember a single thing that happened during the week. Actually let’s face it, I usually cannot even remember what I did this morning…oh what the mission does to you.
Anyways we had zone conference this week. Hermana Martinez and I were chosen to do a practice in front of everyone. We had to sell chocolate to one of the senior missionaries pretending to be an investigator. It was really funny and I learned I am not a great salesperson. After that we had to start teaching her part of the Restoration, but focusing on her needs. The difference was pretty obvious because when we teach the gospel to people we are focusing on them and what they need. Plus the Spirit can be present. It’s a lot different than just trying to sell someone something. When we’re going around knocking on doors, we have to love the people and make them feel important because they are. We can’t just go through the motions.
We watched a slideshow with the 102 baptisms from October at our conerence too. It was incredible! And fun seeing friends from all over the mission with their converts. I always leave our meetings and conferences with new excitement to work and lots of new ideas. The trick is just putting it all into practice…
A lot of times when we teach I feel like a youth Sunday School teacher. No one pays attention to us, they’re on their phone or they’re thinking about food. We spent almost an hour and a half explaining to someone yesterday how Christ established his church and how Joesph Smith restored it…and at the end turns out she wasn’t listening to us at all. Frusterating. But teaching is a lot of fun. I always learn something new everytime I teach.
Carmen, one of our investigators that we have only been teaching for a couple weeks now told us that ever since she started reading in the Book of Mormon and praying she has just felt better. Less lonely and more happy. Honestly she spent like half an hour telling us about how she knows the little things she has been doing are making such a big difference in her life. It was so neat. It’s rare to see people recognize the Spirit so quickly.
However, she is still super hestitant to get baptized. Good reminder to me that the promise in Moroni 10 really works if people put in their part and have some faith!
We successfully moved houses this week. Our other house was tiny, dirty, and full of bugs. Our new one is really nice and clean. Honestly Hermana Martinez and I are psyched to be there. We’re hardly ever in our house, but when we are it’s just awesome to be able to relax.
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The beloved Hermana Amalia (who cooks and washes our clothes) left for El Salvador this week to visit her son. She isn’t coming back until December which is super sad. Luckily for us, her daughter is taking over for her. But oh I love this woman. This picture pretty much perfectly describes her.
Today we went to Yaxha! A lot like Tikal…temples and old rocks and what not. It was a so cool!
-“You will feel something special and different in your mouth. Like something is dancing on your tongue.” -Us trying to sell chocolate -“We’re like Miachel Phelps. We can eat whatever we want.”
-“Are you guys from that church with all those guys named Elmer?”
-“I’m a missionary. I can’t lie. I still have my plaque on!”
-“On a scale of 1 to Tony the Tiger, how great are you?”
-“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being postive about what could go right.”
Have a wonderful week!