This week has been interesting, which makes since it started out so weird. After the temple rededication and going to the Zocalo, we had the super exciting experience of staying in our house for almost 24 hours during Mexican Indepence (crowd or something screams)!! Well, actually it was a great time to study A LOT. Basically after our lunch appointment on Tuesday we had to be inside and were not to leave until our lunch appointment on Wednesday. Celebrating with all the Mexicans in the street would seem pretty fun, but after hearing what sounded like the beginning of a revolution the ENTIRE night, I think it was for the best. I mean I'm 60% sure most of the fireworks they used here are 100% highly illegal in the states. They were so incredibly loud that everytime one would go off, all the car alarms would go off, too. Made for a wonderful soundtrack to sleep to. The next day, the streets were still full of fireworks, eggshells, and of course confetti. Not much was open Wednesday either. However, we did eat a lot of awesome leftover celebration food at the Bishop's house. It was good.
I guess the only other interesting thing that happened this week is...I BAPTIZED SOMEONE! Yes sir, Elder Foust had his first baptism here in Mexico. But of course, there was some obstacles we had to overcome. Like, perhaps, not having any water in the church. We were supposed to have the baptism on Saturday at 5:00, but water is kind of necessary. I would have never thought this could be a possible problem, but it was and is here in Mexico sometimes. Well, we moved it to Sunday at 8:00, before services. BUT, the ward mission leader called us at 9:00 and said there still wouldn't be any water. So, we called the zone leaders and they told us that we could do it at another nearby chapel since they just had a baptism and the font was still full. And that's just what we did. We had a baptism service at 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The investigator, his girlfriend, the ward mission leader, a recent RM were the only ones there. Besides our investigator having 5 names and the water being FREEZING, everything went great. It felt amazing to be a small part in someone's conversion to the Gospel. He was excited that he was my first baptism and I was glad to have baptized such an amazing and dedicated person. He was our miracle and it's an experience I won't forget.
Other than that... Mexico: 1) On the metro there are always people who come on the train and sell stuff. However, this time, a lady came on and SANG to us. She had a karaoke machine with music and everything. She even walked the length of the car just looking at us and singing. It was so amazingly and incredibly awkward, I wanted to give her all my money. 2) There are a LOT of day-drunks here and they ALL know the missionaries. Luckily, they're all friendly and we can usually get away with just a wave. One of them did actually catch us by surprise and just wanted us to read a sentence in English for him. So, hopefully he's doing well. 3) We ran out of gas for the boiler Sunday morning, so cold showers are a fun way to start out your day. Actually, it hasn't been nearly as bad as I thought.
So this week has been interesting, but amazing.
Tomorrow I complete 2 months here on the mission. It definitely had been an eventful 2 months and I can't wait for what fun 22 more will have in store for me.
This week I read 2Nephi:10 and found verse 20 to be incredibly inspiring and encouraging:
20 And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.
Sometimes times are difficult and our circumstances seem a bit overwhelming. However, God had given us so much and it's important to recognize His hand in our life and all the many blessings He has mercifully bestowed upon us. Of course we need to try our hardest to keep His commandments and "lay aside our sins," especially in difficult times to fully recieve the blessings of the Lord. Although my favorite part is, "and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off." The Lord is with us wherever we go and has directed our paths. We may have been put into difficult situations and "driven out of the land of our inheritance," However, it is for a divine purpose and if submit to the will of the Lord then, "we [will] have been led to a better land."
Homework: read the rest of this chapter (and 2Ne:26 when you're done with that) https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/10?lang=eng
Anyway..This week, make a new friend, feed and help your missionaries, eat something disgustingly chocolately, and remember that I love you all!
con mucho amor,
To email Elder Foust, his address is: firstname.lastname@example.org