Hello Family, (Note from Mary: This is from Monday, April 11th)
Everything here is going super awesome...and yes it is super sunny. Every day is a good day!!!!
That's very interesting that course you are taking. I hope you guys find the answers and solutions that you are looking for. No worries....I will be praying for all of you guys. I pray for all of you specifically every day. That is so cool that Jenna got to go to Washington DC. I am very jealous that she has gone to two huge cities with her Choir. I'm glad that she had a fun time. Every time that I travel on a bus here, I remember those trips (long traveling is done on the same types of buses).
I am also super jealous of Jessica. I really want to be a part of that kind of stuff. It sounds and looks so amazing. I will definitely write her and convince her to go another year. I want to go to school with her!!! I just need to retake that humanities class....right? I can do that right when I get home. Get it done in two...three weeks. (Note from Mary: Jessica performed in BYU's Folk Dance Concert last weekend and I was able to go up there and see it...sooooo fun! And Brett is commenting on my questions about next year...because I always think a year ahead!!!)
I'll check into the scholarship, and start practicing every morning as I get ready. I might annoy my companion, but he is really cool and I think he'll understand. I am not sure what job I want when I get home. But I want to work hard, and earn a lot of money. The assistant Elder Johnson offered me to go and work with him on a ranch in Idaho during the summer. He says they pay super well, and that it is hard work, but a lot of fun. I would also like to maybe lifeguard. I would really like to doNauvoo, but I'm just not sure. I feel like it is time to move on with my life....but at the same time, it is sooo amazing.
Anyways.....right now everything is going very well here in the mission. Today we had transfers, (I only have 6 transfers left!!!!) but my companion and I are staying together. This is the first time that I have had a companion for more than one transfer!!! I am very excited because we get along super well. In the zone we only had four changes in companionships. We are super excited because we are just making a few more adjustments, and our zone is going to do really well this transfer. We are all pumped to work super hard and find a ton of people. Last month as a zone we baptized 16...and now we have a goal for 20. Really, I think that we can have more...but we'll see how that goes.
Last week flew by! Time is just flying by!!! I now only have 9 months left.
On Wednesday we had mission council. It was awesome. We started en the Temple at 8:00 in the morning. That was so wonderful to be in the Temple again. I learn so much everytime I go...and I now have the last part memorized in Spanish:) After the Temple we had the council. We talked about the missions problems and how to fix them. One of the biggest problems that we saw is that we are finding a lot of new investigators, but not many come to church. We came up with a new teaching model to help investigators understand the importance of coming to church and participating in the sacrament. I really believe that this will help us have more investigators at church every week. We will see in the next month.
On Thursday we had our zone class. It was another success. Elder de los Cobos and I were up until 2:00 in the morning planning everything. It turned out really well and really spiritual. Towards the end we had a really spiritual moment. I sang Where Love Is, while my companion played the piano...and after, we asked everyone to share what the fest when they thought about and remembered their own baptisms. Several missionaries were crying. I then gave a firm testimony about our calling as missionaries. That what we experienced in our baptisms, we have the power to create those experiences in the lives of everyone we teach. It was awesome.
That night I went to Cunduacan to do interviews for the sisters. They had a family of six. I only did two interviews on Thursday night because the rest of the family wasn't there. I stayed with Elder Chavesta and Elder Barajas on Friday, and Friday night I did the rest of the interviews. Then a member took us back to Comalcalco. It was a great day working with them. We got lost looking on our way to the lunch appointment, and ended up walking like four miles in the wrong direction. Then we had to walk all the way back. Eventually we found the house, and they gave us tostadas!!!! It was super good.
On Friday I was with my companion again, and we had an awesome day. We found Cidel. She was very receptive and accepted baptism. The only problem with her is that she is always working. She is going to talk to her boss to see if she can get a couple hours off in order to get baptized. So that will be happening this week or the next.
We are also teaching a couple and their son. Raul, Fanny and...I can't remember their sons name, but he 8 years old and is super cool. They are progressing and want to get baptized, but they just haven't come to church yet. We are working with them this week to get them to church. Elder de los Cobos and I have made a goal to find two new families this week. Big ones:) We want to start baptizing more.
Sunday was an amazing day. One of our investigators stood up and bore her testimony!!! She cried and was so full of the Spirit. It was awesome. On tuesday she is moving to Tiajana, so she will be getting baptized there.
Anyways...this week was awesome, and next week is going to be even better.
I love you all and wish you an amazing week!!!!