Hola todos! Elder Angulo officially ended his mission and now I’m with Elder Schank, a gringo from Nevada! The Americans are stormin Barra de Navidad. Everything’s good, nothing much to say, just trying to keep on keepin on. Next week I’ll send a real email!
Firstly, I’m sorry for basically not writing anything at all. We’ve been absolutely crazy busy, last week we had no time to write because of changes, and the week before that I don’t know what happened, the week before that was Christmas, and during all this time I haven’t written in my journal ONCE.... pero ay vamos.
The mission has been going really well. Some investigators are progressing a lot and others no. One investigator put a marriage date so that they can be later baptized and it just so happens to be on the 25th of January, pretty good birthday present. But they haven’t gone to church in a month because they still don’t want to stop working on Sunday. The past few weeks they haven’t been able to go to church because they have had too many clients. Strangely, they’re super happy about that because. “God is sending them more business on Sundays".... My patience is running thin with their theory.
Other than that my companion and I have been working a lot to find new investigators and use our time wisely. President has just given us permission to sleep in the casa de oración in la Huerta, so we can de a TON more work there. Unfortunately we have to sleep on the floor and its super cold in the mornings. Elder Schank is very cool, just kinda weird but we’re all weird! Even though he’s going home in 4 short months, he doesn’t want to die so we are kind of motivating each other to work harder and talk to everyone. It’s pretty great with him.
I wish I could tell you about everything that’s happened, but I really don’t think I would have the time to write everything down. But what’s incredible to me is how God organizes his work. It’s incredible the amount of "coincidences" that happen every day, but they aren’t coincidences. God is guiding people to us, and us to the people who need to hear part of our message. It’s incredible the amount of patience He has for us, for me honestly. I feel like I’ve wasted so much of my time trying to do things my way and am just barely figuring out what it really means to have an eye single to His glory and do His will. I’m still a long ways away from where I would like to be, but I find myself receiving more and more joy in missionary work as the days go by. It is the work of angels, yet He lets His imperfect children take part in this great and marvelous work. How great a blessing we have.
As a run down of the last few weeks, we had a mission council and noche de hogar with the leaders in the mission, other meetings with certain church leaders, and just yesterday, President Clayton told all the missionaries to come to a meeting with the leaders of the Manzanillo district that he was inspired by the spirit to have. It was a really special experience and I feel like that Manzanillo can really progress if we follow what we learned. The whole district is kind of suffering. The adversary is honestly fighting really hard for Manzanillo, But now is the time for miracles here.
This week we have focused on the less actives quite a bit, not so much teaching them (they usually know anyway) but trying to show love towards them and inviting them to come back. What’s really cool is that in la Huerta, we had 29 people in Church and in Barra we had 20. The Elders in Cihuatlan are working super hard, and had like 24 people as well which means to say that in the whole branch of Barra de Navidad, the attendance was at 73ish. Miracles! All I know is that if we show love and concern to others, they can feel the love of God in their lives, which motivates all people to act. We just have a lot more to do now!!!
Les amo a todos ustedes, perdon por no decir nada en sí pero...... Ya me arrepentí
Que tengan una excelente semana!