ah que cosas!! sounds like the fams been busy with brocs wedding. loved the pictures!! everyone looks great :) and HESTON. so proud of you!! sounds like youre the allstar of the team! keep working hard and continue to better yourself. in total aspects :)
i can´t believe i´ve been in mexico for a month! this week will the last of week of my first cambio! so crazy. i don´t know what to excpect. i don´t feel like im going to be transfered but we will see! so many changes in so little time. this week was filled with tender mercies - i think my favorite part of being a missionary is seeing how the gospel works in others. seeing how god´s love can make someone whole.
this week we were super excited because we were meeting with Daniel and Tania and hoping to continue on with them. Tania´s baptism was set for this week but it didn´t happen.. and from this ive learned that the lords timing is not always the same as ours. tuesday we met with tania and it was one of the most powerful lessons. we taught about faith and the atonement. spirit was super strong. that night we recieved a call at like 10:20 which was weird from the esposa de obispo. i answered because its my job to attempt to talk on the phone with people but quickly handed it to hermana martinez because i knew she needed to talk to her. come to find out Tania had gone out to buy comida porque she was going to cook lunch for us the approx. day and saw her husbands mototaxi outside of the bar. tania has a very strong character and went into the bar and yelled at him. one thing led to another and he beat her pretty badly.. when i heard this i could hardly believe it because he is the most calm sweetest guy - but thats what alcohol for ya. she was bruised pretty terribly.. it broke my heart. but im really glad this all happened. that sounds terrible, but i mean it in the best way. sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to realize that we need to change. and thats what needed to happen. Daniel and Tania have come to this fork in their marriage and from the last couple of lessons we have had with them have been bien poderoso. They both want to work together to fix this. Daniel as well accepted a fecha baptism. its been sooooo humbling and soooo amazing to see this change take place. to see how the gospel has worked how the atonement is working. even though we didn´t have the baptism at the time we hoped for, this is the lords plan for them. Sometimes he brings us low so he can lift us even higher.
weve been finding lots more people to teach, just sifting through the ones who truly have desires to change their lives. there´s lots of menus activos that are starting to come back to church too which is super good. the family we´ve been working with - our neighbors, nearly all have dates for baptisms. the two jovenes Ivonne y Julio are super excited about everything. we are working really hard with the parents right now because they arent married and they don´t believe its important to be married. they think if they get married they will just want to be divorced and they don´t have money to do that. but theyve been together for 30 years. its going to happen though, i have faith!!
we had intercambios this weekend with one of our sister training leaders, Hermana De Leon (from tampico!! sams mish. can´t remember the actual ciudad she was from thought) she was the companion of my companion from the mtc before she went home. she is super solid! taught me a lot. mostly to be direct and sort of blunt with people. we were teaching Jose Oscar on sunday, he´s 26 and he drinks alot and she was so blunt in the most loving way about how he needs to stop drinking. i need to work on a little more direct with people. hhaha
ahh so many things to say, but these were some highlights of our week. im starting to feel better about my spanish! it´s starting to be fun, specially when i make funny mistakes. i literally feel like im in the best 2 years sometimes in mexico. i love it here!
hope you all have a fantastic week, keep up the good. find someone to serve everyday, and pray for opportunities to share the gospel. i can promise that our father in heaven will give them to you! te quiero mucho!