June 26, 2017
Today was pretty simple. All we did was make appointments and walk around in the rain. It rains and thunderstorms like crazy almost every other night, but we have been pretty lucky and it hasn’t rained on us until today. Luckily, some members lent us their umbrellas, though we still had to walk through flooded streets. Our area is really flat for the most part so the street weren’t really as much of rivers as they were lakes of standing water.
June 27, 2017
We had district class and divisions today with the zone leaders. We are having trouble getting meals with the members who aren’t signing up to feed us. Luckily, one of our investigators said that she would love to feed us even though there were 4 of us. That’s a lot of food! I wish I could just five that lady a hug. Investigators sometimes treat us better than the members do.
I went on splits with Elder J. and we only taught one lesson during the whole day but is was an exceptional lesson. The bishop went with us too. We taught V who basically rejected us 3 weeks ago. At one point the bishop stopped and asked her, “If there is one thing you would ask from us, what would it be?” She said, “Salud.” so we gave her a blessing and right after the blessing she asked, “What time does church start?” AHH MILAGROS! She’s never gone to church before so that is a ton of progress, especially from 3 weeks ago. Apart from that lesson, we walked around, made appointments because no one wanted to talk to us when we passed by. On the way back to the house we bought some food and a crazy thunderstorm started. It was both scary and funny because one of the first flashes of lightening came down super close to us, like less that a half of a kilometer behind us. It really wasn’t that scary, just really cool. We made some really good rice today. I getting good at cooking. Elder J showed me the latino style of mixing mayonnaise, butter, and salt with the rice. It is delicious but disgusting at the same time. Mexico is making me gain weight, that’s for sure!
|Peanut butter and jelly taco|
Today we finished our divisions with the zone leaders and made plans to find new contacts and work more with members. ALL of our actual investigators right now are people we have contacted. Seeing as I haven’t had a single baptism in 6 months, we need to change some things up. Later, we looked for a bunch of people with our mission leader. We ended up teaching a BUNCH of less active members. It always makes me sad because people forget the Lord so fast. Granted, I didn’t really know anything before the mission either, but people still forget their testimonies so quickly and so many of them are passing through such hard times. One lady doesn’t go to church because if she doesn’t sell on Sunday, she doesn’t have money for the week. We talked to her about having faith so that God could provide for her, but she just doesn’t think that church is important or necessary.
Well today we planned and set goals for the month and taught a reference from the missionaries of Coupinole. It was a crazy long lesson, but the guy accepted a baptismal date of August 12th. He was very nice, but his wife doesn’t want us to visit him, so the rest of the lessons will have to be held in the chapel. After that, we ate in the house and had our meeting with the ward mission leader. We worked on the ward map with him. That was our day.
June 30, 2017
Today we had a problem getting out of the house on time. Nothing super interesting happened in the morning. We ate in our house again. Later we went to say goodbye to R. who is leaving Vallarta for good. Then we had a lesson with G for the first time in forever. Sadly, she is pretty content with the way her life is going and has no desire to change. The bishop came with us and talked a lot about how even though things may be good now, there is something even better in store for her. Maybe she will start looking.
July 1, 2017
I am so tired today, which doesn’t make any sense because we didn’t even walk that much today. We had a cool lesson with a lady who’s husband is a Christian pastor and doesn’t want her to go to our church, but she doesn’t want to go to the Christian church either. She is super nice, but has a hard time understanding our Spanish. She asked us for something to read in English. So we are going to bring her an English Ensign. After that, we ate in our house AGAIN and then made more visits. I pretty much scolded some of our investigators who aren’t doing anything. Asked them who they wanted to serve and if they are willing to sacrifice to serve God. I asked them if what they were doing right now was showing God that they loved Him and wanted to serve Him. I asked them how they would feel if their children thought that their cartoons were more important than listening to their parents. Idk, I am getting tired and losing patience with people who don’t act.
July 2, 2017
Sundays are great. Testimony meeting was awesome. One of the Americans that came today served his mission here, 40 years ago. Back then it was a tiny branch and the meetings were held in the missionaries apartment. Sometimes only one person would show up. V came to church today and stayed all three hours! There was also a break the fast kind of thing that she stayed for too. I ate way too much! They brought a literal trash can full of jamaica to (?) It was ridiculous, but amazing.
Then later we taught a drunk man who thought God was with him and that he had repented of all his sins already. We then visited a member’s house and spent way too long there, but got a list of references so I think it was worth it. It feels like striking gold after such a long time serving in a copper mine. I have just got to do something else because nothing I have done for 6 months is working.