Well, we had cambios today and now I'm in Guaymas!!!!! I'm honestly so sad to be leaving Caborca. I met a ton of great people there and it was sad to say goodbye. But now I'm here in Guaymas and I'm ready to get to work!!! I would love to tell you all about my last week in Caborca but.... it went by so fast and I forgot to bring my journal so... I honestly can't remember most of it. But we had some really good lessons and we found a lot more people to teach so the area was really improving. Now I'm here in Guaymas. In the ward Bahìa B. I got here 2 hours ago so I really can't tell you much about it.... I'm with Elder Sanders. He's from California and he has 15 months in the mission. He seems really cool and I'm sure we'll have lot's of success together. Well, that's all for now.... I hope you all have a great week and I'll let you know all about Guaymas next week!!! Love you!!!
Dang... So this will be my last week in Caborca (probably). It's crazy how fast these last 6 months have gone by. I feel like my whole mission is just going to be spent in Caborca. But if the Lord has another place for me to serve I'll go :)
This week we found out that the Familia Rivera doesn't have to work on Sundays anymore!!! We set a baptism date with them for the 26 of April. And they told us that they were going to come to church on Sunday. But they didn't come.... Ugh I'm so sick of that. It's not that I'm upset because it affects me. It's just that I know what they're missing out on and it makes me sad that they don't get it. It's so frustrating because I feel like I do everything I can and but then the investigator doesn't come through on their part. I just have to realize that once I've done everything I can, that's it, and there's nothing else I can do.
Things are going really well with Rosario too. She has a baptism date for the 11 of April. We did intercambios with Elder Peterson and Elder Afulao on Wednesday. During the night me and Elder Peterson bought a pizza :) Then we went to the park and we would sit down next to people who looked like they could use a slice of pizza in their life :) It was really fun to talk to these people and learn about their life's. It was also fun to see their faces brighten when we offered them pizza.
It's been really hard, but also really rewarding learning how to forget myself. There are countless times throughout the day when "I" want to do something that will make "me" happy but I have to remind myself that the mission isn't about "me". I didn't come out here to serve "myself". I came out here to help others come unto Christ. As long as I have that in my mind, everything else falls into place. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I've had to serve a mission. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world right now. I hope you all have a great week!!
Sup my people. I hope everyone had as great of a week as I had :) Let's see, we'll start with the most exciting ;) On Tuesday I went on intercambios with Elder Peterson in his area. We were on our way to lunch when he decided that we should take a different street to get to lunch. We had just crossed the street to the members house when a truck went speeding down the dirt road behind us. Following it was a police truck. We were super startled and then 5 seconds later the police fired 20 assault rifle shots at the truck. Everyone in the street ran to cover except for us two white guys because we had no idea what was going on. The police got the bad guys to run into a house and then we heard pistol fire for about ten more minutes. After all was said and done about 15 police trucks had arrived. It turns out that they busted a big player in the drug game. Haha me and Elder Peterson didn't even realize there was a gun fight going on right down the street from us until it was over :) I just felt bad for the poor family that we were eating with. They were so nice and they have little kids and they were so worried for them and they don't want to live there anymore but they can't afford to live anywhere else.
Also this week we've been able to find almost 15 new people to teach. It's super exciting and helps us to realize that this area has potential. Also we had a zone meeting with president so that was fun:)
We've been teaching this new investigator Rosario. She's about 35 years old. She has two kids. A twelve year old that has already been baptized and a 2 year old. They lost their house a little while ago and she doesn't have work so they're renting a super small apartment right now. She has a baptism date for April 4. I probably won't be here to see it but that's okay :)
We had a super cool lesson with here the other day. She was telling us that they haven't come to church for a while because they can't afford nice clothes so they don't feel worthy to come to church. When she said that she broke down crying. We explained to here how those don't matter to God at all and that he loves them no matter what. She came to church yesterday and is super excited for her baptism.
We also talk a less active member named Carlos. He's 50 and kinda crazy. He comes off as this really intimidating guys. He's having surgery tomorrow for a tumor. We taught him on Saturday and during the lesson he just started crying really hard. It really surprised me because he seems like such a big tough guy but he was really scared for his surgery. We shared the scripture about Jesus walking on the sea and how Peter wanted to do it to but he got scared and started to fall and Jesus saved him and we explained that Jesus will always be there to save us.
Also on the way to church yesterday a man came up and started talking to us. He told us that the mafia is out to kill him and that he has a wife and a kid and he doesn't know what to do. He was crying a lot. He then asked us what we thought we should do. What??? Ask us??? I 'm an 18 year old kid from Utah who has never had to deal with the mafia or anything like that. People see us and just expect us to know everything!! But the truth is that they have a right to. We're representatives of Jesus Christ. I didn't know what to tell him about his problem with the mafia, but we offered a pray with him in the street and after the prayer he was a lot more calm. We invited him to come to church with us but he said he had lot to do ;) But it's just so crazy how people tell us all this crazy stuff and than ask us what they should do. I've honestly had to grow up these last six months.
Well I love you all and hope you have an amazing week!!!
Hey everyone!! So this week was great :) haha. Every week is great, but this one was even greater :) On Tuesday we had an awesome family home evening with a less active family. It was way fun and they've started to come to church a little more. Then on Wednesday we had an awesome lesson with the Familia Rivera, for the first time in like 3 months. We talked about the importance of the scriptures and left the homework to read 1 Nefi 8- about Lehi's dream. Then on Thursday we had our very first English class. All of us missionaries in the branch are giving English classes in the chapel on Thursdays and Sundays for free. This will hopefully help us find some more people to teach!! But in the class on Thursday the Familia Rivera came!!! They were actually the only people that came.... but that's okay because they're the most important!!! It was awesome and we had a blast with them. We taught them the ABC's. Yuridia was trying to say her ABC's she said "A B C D E F G H... AYE." Which is what they say here like dang-it or something like that. But it was actually right :) It was hilarious! Then on Friday we had another lesson with them!! When we showed up Mario (the dad who's inactive) had his scriptures out and ready and he offered to say the prayer. It was awesome!! He always used to leave when we would come to teach!! They want to be baptized but still can't because they still work on Sunday's, but I know everything will work out!! This week was defiantly an improvement from the past weeks, and I'm excited to see that the Lord has in store for us in the weeks to come!!! I love you all and hope you have a great week!!!