Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 21, 2014

Monday was pday.  We went to Pizza Hut and had their "all you can eat" buffet.  It was super good.  Then one of the Elders needed a new camera, so we went shopping to find him a camera.  After that we went to the cyber so I could email y'all.  After pday was over, we went to the see the Family Martinez and read the scriptures with them and then played Jenga (thanks again to Austin for giving me Jenga, I actually play it a lot).  Over all it was a pretty chill, tranquillo pday.  

Tuesday we went to the other side of the area and it was not a fun day.  First we went to see Hermana Jara and visited with her.  Then we went over to see Belinda, but she wasn't there.  Then we started "contacting" (tracting).  The first contact we had was an Atheist, que poocha, and that lesson wasn't fun.  The guy was cool, but he wouldn't let us pray or really teach him.  We did talk to him, but it definitely wasn't our best lesson. :)  The next house we contacted was one of the worst contacts I have ever had.  It seemed like I stumbled on every work, and I don't know what was going on, but I pretty much ruined it.  Next we happened upon a guy who let us teach lesson one to him, but he was super critical about everything and he didn't understand much Spanish because he is German, and he kept referring to his German Bible.  Anyway, we felt like we were teaching well, but he kept fighting us.  The worst part is that he was fighting against the Spirit.  We felt like he knew what we were teaching was right, he just didn't want to accept it.  We would teach him a principle and then five minutes later he would use scriptures and doctrine that we were teaching him to try to fight against us.  He told us we were stupid because we wear a shirt and a tie, and it was a very upsetting lesson, but it happens.  The best part of the day was when we were walking home and a lady stopped us and asked us where our chapel was.  We told her where it was, and she told us she was a member but had been going to another church because she didn't know where our chapel was.  Overall it was just a crazy day. 
Wednesday I had a division with Elder Davila.  We "contacted" for a little while, and then we went to Juan Pablo's home.  He is a menos activo (less active).  We taught him about Lehi's Dream.  Next we taught lesson one to a woman named Edith.  It was a good lesson.  Finally we talked to Hermana Veron and she was having a lot of struggles with depression.  I felt really good about this visit because I was able to share some experiences of things that our family had gone through and stuff I had personally gone through, and I shared a bunch of scriptures with her and she cried and said that I was sent by God to help her, and that her Spirit was lifted up by my words and thoughts.  It was such a good lesson. ;) 

Thursday we went to the other side of the area again and taught Belinda and Hermana Jara.  We taught Belinda about keeping the Sabbath Day holy, and Hermana Jara kind of went off and was telling her that in ancient times if you didn't obey the Sabbath Day, you would die.  It wasn't a good lesson, but we are going to go back over everything and try to fix it this week. Then we went and contacted for a little while.  We taught a lesson to a guy named Jesus (lesson one), and it was a super good lesson.  Finally we taught Jorge DiSilva.  He is the son of a menos activo (less active) that lives in another ward. 

Friday we taught the Family Martinez a little more about the Book of Mormon.  Then we went to visit the Family Achukarro and also talked about the Book of Mormon.  Finally we went to see Angela and read the Book of Mormon with her.  Nothing really too cool happened that day.

Saturday was a little bit better day.  We went out and worked a "fool" (really hard).  We taught the Achukarro Family, Jorge, the Family Perez with Hermana Binitez, and had some really good lessons.  It was pretty chill. :)  Then we taught a woman named Maria who is super cool.  She has cancer and is praying to God to find her way through it.  Overall it was a good day.  We have been working super, super hard and believe we will see the fruits of our labor soon. :)

Sunday we went to church, and then we contacted a guy who really didn't seem to be listening, but he said we can come back and teach him, so we are definitely going to go back.  After we left his house, we were talking to some drunk people, and one of them told us he had been baptized, and so we are going to follow up with him when he is sober because he is a member.  Sunday was the Day of Baby Jesus for the Catholic Church, and so most of the people were celebrating and didn't really want to talk to us, but we did talk to a couple of people, so it is all good. :)

Monday we woke up and ate and then went to play soccer.  I am usually not very good at soccer, but I played goalie and I blocked a bunch, and my comp said I was a champ goalie which made me feel good.  It's been a good day so far. 

Questions of the Week

1.  Names of your investigators (first and last) and how things are going with each. 
Jorgelina -- Things are going good with her, although she is hard to reach.  She told us she has her answer, but is having family problems, so we are trying to help her with those.  

Belinda dos Santos -- She is hard to get a hold of, but it feels like she is progressing slowly
Lysandry dos Santos (Belinda's daughter) -- The same as above

Lorena and Laticia Martinez -- They are progressing really well and we are hoping to baptize them in August.
2.  What was your favorite moment from this week and why? I was studying my scriptures and happened upon Helaman 13.  It is a super good chapter that has really helped me a lot with my faith this week.

3.  Who is your favorite person this week and why?  Bryan the German, he kept wanting to fight with us and it it was kind of funny.  Haha.

4. What was your most spiritual moment this week and why? The lesson with the Hermana Veron, because the Spirit was so strong and her burdens seemed to be lifted.

5.  What was your most challenging moment this week and why? The German who kept fighting with us and won't accept the Gospel.

6.  Is there anything we can pray for you about? That the people in our area will soften their hearts towards the Gospel.

7.    If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint? Probably the waterfalls in Yellowstone.

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