- Inspired by apostles and leaders of the church ✔
- Amazingly spiritual and incredibly powerful lessons✔
- Tie burned ✔
- A BAPTISM ✔✔✔
Wow, this week was great! Wednesday, we had the amazing privledge to hear from several leaders of the church, including Elder Oaks, Elder Anderson, and Elder Bednar in a world-wide missionary broadcast. Yep, all the missionaries in the world, tuned in to the same broadcast. It was an amazing experience that reminded me of my purpose and more effective ways to fulfill it! Elder Colledge and I have already put into practice a lot of the counsel we recieved and it has worked wonders! Our lessons have definitely felt more inspired and directed by the spirit. Now the challenge is to find even more people to share the gospel with and apply the things we have learned. That's the goal for this week.
We had one great lesson that ended even better when some ¨eternal¨ investigators told us they want to get married and baptized next week and that their main goal is to be sealed in the temple next year! Not only did they come up with the proposition, but they already know what the ultimate goal is: to be sealed as a family for time and all eternity. There is still plenty of work to do until that day but with this as their goal, the Lord will help them along the way to achieve it.
To finish off a great week, we had a baptism on Saturday! I was to perform the ordinance so of course things were going to be even more interesting than normal. Saturday morning we recieved a call from our Ward Mission Leader that there was no water in the church to fill the font. This marks the second time Elder Foust is to baptize and there is no water. Instead of post-poning the service until Sunday, we decided to do it at the Stake Center since the missionaries over there had a baptism and the font was ¨full.¨ However, we get there and see the water is about knee-high. DOESN'T MATTER THERE'S GOING TO BE A BAPTISM! I just knelt in the water (yep, it was freezing too) and our investigator sat down. A bit more interesting than usual, but the ordinance was performed and our investigator was happy. It's all worth it for that. Besides, I better get used to all the maddness on baptism days because with my luck they'll just get more interesting.
On Friday, I completed 6 months here on the mission! ¡¼! I didn't get too crazy with the festivities of completing 6 months, but I did burn that poor tie of mine. I don't feel too different. I still don't have too much time, but I don't feel like as much of a baby. More like a toddler or young child. I definitely feel like it's no longer ¨two years.¨ Doesn't feel like I just started anymore. So...neat.
Thanks for all of the love and support. I'm so blessed to have such great people in my life. I hope you enjoy the cold winter days while I'm down here enjoying the sun and heat (more like sweating and almost passing out in the street)! Ni modo! Gracias por todo!
Sooo, not too much to report this week! We've had some ups and downs. Some people who haven't progessed as much as we expected with the lessons and others who have far exceeded our expectations! It definitely has been pretty unpredictable lately. The best part has been that I feel really good where I'm at right now. Elder Colledge is a great comp and we're working really hard. His obsession with singing Enrique Iglesias is our biggest problem right now, so I'd say it's going pretty well. Our work ethic has definitely allowed me to better my teaching skills. The area, members, investigators are all still great too, so life is just peachy!
Last Monday we spent most of the day cleaning our house. The elders have lived in this apartment for 20 or so years and I think it was the first time that anyone really cleaned it. I spent 2 hours just cleaning the ceiling of the bathroom. I'm pretty sure some alien spawn thing was trying to grow up there and as terrifyingly as it was, it had to go. Now our pobrecita casa feels a lot better. I guess it's all ready for 20 more years of elders.
This week may have had some downs, but a whole lot more ups! 1) Starting with Chicago style popcorn!!! I just explained the deliciousness of Chicago style popcorn to my companions and in a few days I find it at the store! It was a good day. 2) Blackie and Limpie are gone!!! So, the Hermano, for some still unknown reason, watched these two dogs, Blackie and Limpie. He told us the situation and everything was fine and dandy until these dogs were getting to be a little too comfortable living life with the elders. EVERY MORNING, just before 6.30, Blackie would howl and scream and bark. Ok, bad, but not terrible. BUT! They started breaking into our apartment and stealing our (actually just Elder Colledge's) stuff! He had just bought these slippers and within a few days we see a single, half-eaten slipper out in the yard. They even peed on one of our chairs. Oh man, we hated these dogs. And we told them. Everyday. Luckily, their gone! ¡Muerto el perro se acabò la rabia! (They're not dead, it's a saying, chill) 3) We finished the week going to the Temple Visiter's Center with a family and it was an amazing experience. We went with our recent convert, her mom who is going to be baptized this weekend, and her brother who we just started talking to. It was perfect!
Great week, great times and certainly more to come! I've been tremendously blessed here in Mexico. This Friday I will complete 6 months on the mission. One fourth of the way there, so expect some tie-burning pictures next week!! I love and miss you all and wish you all the best!
Happy New Year!! So it finally begins...My only full calender year here in Mexico. I still have plenty of time to enjoy life here in CDMX, but it still feels so limited. Also..I DON'T HAVE CHANGES!!! Six more weeks in wonderful Pantitlan, my first area here on the mission. I was kind of dreading the possibility of moving to another area but before we got transfer calls on Saturday night, I finally accepted it. It would hard, but worth it and I would learn alot. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised with wonderful news that I'm staying! I told some members and investigators during the week it was a possibility I could have changes and I got a lot of dinner invitations and a scarf just in case I left. That's why I love it here. I feel so loved. Although, I'm a little sad because Elder Hernandez from Monterrey is leaving the ward. He's been with me for my entire mission and I've learned a lot from him. He's a great friend.
Well, our New Year's celebration was pretty awesome. We had to be in by 9:30, but we had permission to watch Disney movies until 12 to ring in the new year!!! Before we had to be in, we went to an investigator's house and had ice cream and watched a movie with them. After going home we watched Mulan (probably my favorite Disney movie of all time) until midnight. IT WAS GLORIOUS!! The next day was a bit slow because no one was out at all. We had one cita in the morning with a less active family where they fed us romeritos again. REVENGE OF THE ROMERITOS!!!!! Yep, this terrible holiday delicasy came back to haunt my dreams and destroy my digestive system. They gave us even more than last time and it seemed a lot worse in the morning.
Well, eating romeritos and having no citas was fun and all, but after lunch we got a text from the Zone Leaders telling us we had to go back inside. I guess the people weren't ready to stop partying or something. It was okay, we just had to make the sacrifice and return home watching some more movies.
We went to the mall and SAMS CLUB today!! We went to Sam's and just kind of looked through the door because we didn't have a Sams card, then a lady waved us over said she was a member and that we could use her card! I didn't buy tooo much, but a lot of cereal, granola bars and sams muffins!! I also bought some stuff at the mall as a christmas present. I felt like I spent a lot, but did the math and it turns out it was like 60 bucks. Crazy how that works here in Mexico!
So it's finally 2016 and I'm not leaving Pantitlan. I made a lot of resolutions and goals to be better this year. I want to speak spanish well, teach better, serve more, learn a lot and enjoy every moment I have as a respresentative of Jesus Christ. I want a year full of progress and love and I hope I accomplish just that by fulfilling the goals I've set. I also challenge all of you to set your own goals! Go crazy, reach high, everything's possible it's 2016!!!!
Paz, Amor y Bendiciones,
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