Happy Mango Season!!!!!! Mangos are growing on trees everywhere and everyone is going crazy! We are eating tons of mangos and drinking mango juice all the time. It is amazing. Everyone is giving us mangos, and we are giving everyone mangos!!!
I hope that everything is okay with you guys. I miss you all and love you guys so much!!!! You guys had trek last week....right? How'd that go? I imagine that you guys are all really tired. I have so many great memories of when we went on trek as a family. It was awesome!!!!
Everything here in the mission is going awesome. Everyone feels the change that is coming....and we are all excited and sad at the same time. I am really going to miss President Morales, but I am also excited to meet our new president....President Haws. President Morales is leaving in three weeks!!! His three years are almost up, and really him and Sister Morales are very sad. We are going to have a conference with him on Friday. I think it will be the last time that I get to see him:( I am really going to miss him.
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It has cooled down here. The beginning of the week was horrible. There is so much dirt in the streets here because it is just so hot. That dirt makes you cough all day long, I've had a cough since I got here. It's not the coolest situation , but it's alright. Friday night it started to rain....and it rained hard!!!!! It was the best. Friday night I used my blanket for the first time in a while. Saturday morning, it was even hotter than before. Everything was super wet, and so when the sun came out....it got so humid because of all of the evaporation. It was a very sticky day. Later in the afternoon the storms came back and it has been raining on and off since. It is a lot cooler here now!!!! All the streets are covered in mud and flooding. It's awesome.
So....this week was great. Last Monday we went to the church early with about half the zone to play volleyball. It was a ton of fun. We played 6 on 6 for several hours. We went home sunburned, but it was a ton of fun.
Our baptism last Saturday fell through. Everything was going right as planned all week long. Anuar was very excited and everything. He passed his interview, and we went and visited him on Friday night to make sure he was ready for Saturday. He told us everything was good. On Saturday morning, he texted us and told us that he couldn't get baptized. We were devestated. He is alright....just something happened and he has to wait a week. We had a really good lesson with him on Saturday night, and he got down on his knees and asked for forgiveness. You could feel the spirit so strong. We are working with him this week, to see if he can make it this weekend. Anuar is a really good guy. We teach him in his store by the side of the road, and he always invites everyone that walks by to listen to us. He wants to be a misionary. He has a really big heart and is such a great guy.
We had a really interesting week with Lady and her daughters. On Tuesday we went for a lesson with them, but Suari and Yahaira weren't there...so we started talking with their mom. She really opened up to us and shared with us some problems that she is going through...that we didn't know about. She was very stressed out and shared with us that she didn't believe in God anymore because of all the suffering she has gone through. We tried to comfort her and explain that Christ has felt everything she is feeling, but she was just so distraught. She told us that she didn't want to listen to us anymore. It was very sad. Her daughters came home and we were teaching a lesson....Lady groaned...stood up and just left. It was very hard to see how heartbroken she was. We prayed with her daughters, and left. (didn't want to be alone with them in the house)
Tuesday night, Elder Mendez and I knelt in prayer asking God how we could touch the heart of Lady. How we could invite the Spirit in to touch her and help her understand. After praying, we both thought of a video ''Touch of the Masters Hand''. Niether of us had seen this video in some time, so we put it into our DVD and checked it out. It was perfect. We planned a lesson with this video, and on Wednesday we went by to share it. Lady was still very cold with us, but she listened and watched the video. At the end, she was participating and things seemed a little better.
On Thursday when we showed up, there was a complete change!!! She and her daughters greeted us with cookies!!!!! (I have not eaten cookies in months.) She was so happy, and participated in the lesson. Same thing on Friday and Saturday. She promised us that this week they will go to church with us. We are very excited for that!!!!
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On Thursday we had zone class (it was really weird not teaching it) and it went pretty good. We talked a lot about the doctrine of Christ. Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End. Basically if we really understand the doctrine of Christ we will baptize more. The mission is pushing really hard to have a ton of baptisms before President heads out. We should be baptizing a lot this month.
We've been struggling this week finding news, but we are heading out with some members this week that hopefully will be taking us to visit non members that they know. We also have a lot of contacts to visit that we did last week.
Anyways...the work is going good. I am walking my shoes off. They are getting pretty close to wearing through. I think they'll last a little longer though. Elder Mendez and I are just putting our faith in the Lord, and our shoulder to the wheel and just having a good time!!!
I Love you all, and hope that you all have the most amazing week!!!
This is a little bunny that a family bought