I feel like i have a lot to say this week so I will jump right into it. First, I am a third done with my mission. I really can believe that! Its crazy to me that its august already. Mamma mia. It kind of scares me. Just that this mission is going to be over and i wont have learned the language or all of the things i need to learn while im here. More motivation for me to work harder every day. I have a lot to learn, thats for sure. Anyway, we had lunch with the elders yesterday to celebrate. It was a lot of fun!
Next, this week has been really great. We have a new investigator and she is AWESOME! Ok, so we met her on the bus last week. We hadnt even had an appointment with her yet and she came to church with her 7 year old and 10 month old baby. She cried through pretty much all of church just so grateful that she found us. Her husband left her recently and she has NOTHING. Literally it is the saddest thing. Its to the point that she doesnt know what she is going to feed her kids the next day and knows that soon if she doesnt pay, she will be on the street. Its been really humbling for me to teach her. She is so ready to change her life and try to get on her feet again. She wants to be a good example for her kids. She has so many problems but is always trying to keep a smile on her face. I cant even imagine being her shoes. Twins in our ward got baptized yesterday and she came with her girls to it. Oh ya, her 7 year old had autism or something and that is another thing really hard for her. She is very difficult to control. All over the place and is very immature for her age. Anyway, they came to the baptism and before we had a lesson with her to explain what she was going to see. She said that this is something she wants to work for! We didnt set a date with her but I really think she is going to be baptized. She has been reading the book of mormon every night when her girls are asleep. We are excited!
Another humbling experience this week. We went to a lunch appointment to a less active member with the elders this week. They are VERY poor too (he is a member, his wife isnt. THey are like 65 or something). But it was the coolest thing to watch and listen to this man. He is so happy and has such a desire to serve others. They made us so much food, im sure it was most of what they had. And he loved it! He loved having us in his house and told us that we all need to come back soon. He has been coming back to church more too. Which is great. He is one of the oldest members of our ward. He kept saying " I know this isnt much but we are pretty poor." Man, i have so much and i take it for granted. This week has been very humbling for me. To see people that have SO much less than me but are grateful for the things they do have. We are so blessed! I cant even tell you.
Umm... Next, this is short but we had pizza with a family in the ward and some other ward members the other night. They have a pizza oven at their house and it is SO good. I loved being there. It was so much to just be with the members and get to know them better. We had to leave because it was almost 9 and they tied anziano medina down and told us that they would call our president for us but we couldnt leave yet... haha. SO great. Dont worry. We got home on time. I love that im getting to know the members better. Im learning how crucial they are in the work. Sorella Tinoco is great at working with them and im glad im learning this. Its something we didnt do too much of when i was with sorella pearson.
Language... oh man. I still feel like im struggling so much. I dont know why. Its a matter of me really finding more power in my faith i think. I heard a story of an elder that struggled so bad. He was praying every night with all his heart to be able to speak spanish. He was about to give up and one day it was like his tongue was loosed. Not saying that exactly this is going to happen to me but its a good lesson for me. Its not going to come because i have a companion that speaks italian. It is going to come after heart felt prayers. Many of them. And its not just a one time things. Its continual. Learning another language comes when we put our trust in the Lord and put it in His hands. I need to learn this language and He knows that. I need to do my part though!
Last thing. I read mosiah 27:4 this week and it hit me really hard. it talks about when alma the older was praying for his son to change. It made me think about the power of prayer not only for ourselves but for our family. I am so grateful to know that my family is praying for me. LIke alma, my parent's (and other family member's) prayers are heard and are answered. I felt the love and support of my family so strong. Thank you for all your prayers for me. I need them... Anyway, read that scripture. Know that im praying for you and that i know the power of prayer is real.
As for this week, i think thats all. Thanks for everything. Have a great week! Summer is almost over. Sounds like everyone is going to have a good last little bit of it. Ill be grateful when its not so hot anymore... Thanks for the emails. Cant wait to hear from you next week! I love you all so very much!