Well it has been a bit of a long, hot week! Today we went to the temple so it was bit of a weird week not having Pday until Friday. It was obviously well worth the wait though to be able to go to the temple. It'll still be weird as we have Pday again on Monday. Que loco!
Anyway, some of the past few days have been a bit interesting. Hard contacts, fallen citas, and lots and LOTS of burning hot Mexican sun! Usually this is a familiar pattern. However, the past few weeks Wolford and I have been feeling really good and the work in our area has been great! Until this week. It really wasn't a terrible week at all but in comparison to what we've been experiencing it was a tad bit disheartening. However, the Lord is amazing and has His ways to keep us going. Like on Wednesday, we were heading to our last cita of the day with a contact that we both felt wasn't going to be there. Turns out the address they gave us didn´t even seem to exist! Whether is was intentional or just the lack of organization the streets sometimes have here in Mexico the world might never know. Anyway, as we're contacting and asking people about the address we find a man who ends up listening to us quite attentively. So attentively that he invites us in. Perhaps the greatest part was that he was sooo excited that he called in his wife and 3 kids. Then, ALL of them listened attentively. They are an amazing family and Wolford and I both felt as if they had already been members for years. They accepted another cita and have interest in going to church this Sunday! Well worth the difficult day in order to have such an awesome experience.
A few more interesting things that Wolford and I have been experiencing lately are all the reactions to the election of President Trump. For almost my entire mission people have asked for my opinion on him and I tell them every time, I have no idea. Most of them are surprised to know that we really have no access to the news and know nothing at all. I always tell them that I've been here in Mexico for about a year and a half. Not only do I not have a real opinion about him, I don't really care right now! I'm a missionary, I'm basically Mexican now, and I'm happy. Anyway (rant over), normally it is just that and nothing else. However, there have been a few funny comments and situations. One of the funniest moments was when we passed a house and an older lady yelled, ''Hijos de Trump!'' (Trumps kids) then began to laugh to herself. Later that same day we pass her house again. She wasn't outside this time so we thought we were good but as soon as we walk by she just happens to walk outside her door then laughs again and says, ''Hijos de Trump.'' It was so funny to us. We felt we were in a movie or sitcom. The other experience happened today after the temple. The temple is right next to a free zoo so our group decided to walk around the zoo for about 30 minutes before returning to our areas. As we were walking around, there was a group of people kind of following us and making a lot of interesting negative comments to Wolford and I, the only gringos. It was so obvious and annoying but we were keeping our cool pretty well. Then one takes out his phone and starts taking pictures and laughing. We just ignored them, but a sister missionary in our group had enough and politely, yet firmly said, 'Excuse me, why are you taking pictures?' She kind of caught them by surprise and finally said as we were walking away, ''Sometimes people make me feel ashamed to be Mexican.'' They were dead silent after that. The comments are usually just funny and rarely annoying or harmful. At least we have awesome Hermanas that always have our backs!
Well, it has been a longish week but I'll be back and writing already on Monday! Love you all, have a great week!
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