So this week was good. It passed by really fast because I was really busy. So things are going good. I had brownies yesterday and those were heavenly...except for the fact that the milk that we drank which I bought was expired even though it didn't say so. That was weird but no one is sick..yet.
Ummm..we had our first interview with the new president and he is really cool :) Just his wife knows zero spanish but I feel that she will catch on soon. soooo...also yesterday everybody was telling me I have yellow eyes and that is something really cool as well I think...we don't have a mirror so I can't tell haha but I hope it is true.
Ummmm...so I weighed 130 the day I left on my mission...and I weighed myself for the first time since I've left (last july) and now I weigh a little bit over 150....so that explains why I can't touch the rim in basketball anymore...haha.
There was something my leader said too..."If you baptize people and come back home the same...you have failed your mission". That is something that has stuck with me. Also I have really learned about training. We call the people we train our "kids" and I have realized...everybody wants perfect kids...but no kids are perfect and we get upset because they aren't perfect, but only my mom is lucky to have her oldest son perfect (:P) but we really have to have patience. And I thought my brothers taught me patience before my mission but I had no idea...anyways...haha things are going good.
I feel like I am leaving my area soon on August, so I am trying to leave a good mark here. Also last week we had a ton of people come play basketball and I had the bravery to teach them all a lesson right before, and then some kid spoke up and said "Thank you, I'm really glad you do that and hope you will every Wednesday" So basketball is something amazing that has helped me connect to the youth here. Anyways...I love you guys and hope all is well! Take care!!
Well this week was good. I had the sweet tender mercy to baptize another 8 year old girl and that was such a sweet!
So these two changes haven't been the easiest...but I will miss this and I have learned a lot! Especially about faith. Faith is more than a belief or a hope, faith is an actual power, and it's real, and strong, but we have to be willing to do what James says in chapter two in verse 17. ("17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." New Testament James 2:17-18)
Like I was walking on this cliff area and there were two goats tied together but far apart. One goat fell off the cliff was hanging by his neck choking. I wanted to use my faith to save him, but faith without works is dead. I ran over and pulled it up and there was a huge strength that came over me and it wasn't from pupusas haha. Cool stuff out here that I will never forget.
But there is something sad I have noticed..when I teach someone over and over again and they don't listen, and I stop teaching them, a HUGE challenge comes over them and it makes me feel sad, but I know God is helping them in his own way.
So this week we might have a baptism. Please pray for Johanna and we have a baptism set and a marriage for September..but I doubt I will still be here. That is the sad part.
This Wednesday also, we had over 15 teenagers come play basketball with us, and that is more than we could of with soccer which is weird here...haha but we have gained so many investigators from basketball. That really makes me love the mission hahaha :P So that´s about it.
We also had a meeting with one of the people in our ward...and we were talking about how we can't enter certain areas because of the gangs here won't let us...and he said "you guys don't worry, Their boss respects me, I'm going to go talk to him and get you guys in to get the seed planted in this area" I love how all the missions are different. I'm so glad to have this mission, it is really cool and I am learning a lot. But take care everyone!
Happy one year!
(Many missionaries burn a shirt at their one year mark)
So things are going good here in this area, just I am getting really comfortable here and ready for a change...haha. But I really love this area and am going to miss it. Everybody in the house has had Diarrhea for the longest time, but I am the first one out of it in case you guys wanted to know.
Basketball was so fun!!! Wow I miss basketball. Also I found my nametag, well the office found it and they gave it to me and they were about to order me a new nametag but didn't so I still only have one :/ But that is okay haha. We all met the new President this week and he seems amazing! This will hopefully be good and he didn't take away Coke yet so keep praying that I can keep drinking coke because it is a lifesaver haha.
So my convert here got the priesthood this Sunday so that made me feel really good and really happy for him. So many blessings come from the mission and you get to see so many miracles. Speaking of miracles I had a crazy miracle happen to me that lets me know that God watches over us and loves us so much. ANDDDD.....that's about it haha.
All my group almost except about 5 of us are in Belize...haha so I think I will most likely finish my mission there which is sad because I will miss the pupusas. But...there is nothing else really to say but HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!! ENJOY!!!!
We asked Brandon what the miracle was that he referred to and this was his response:
So I was walking in this crazy cool area and I stopped to take a picture. And it was really beautiful, and then my comp started screaming and running. Then I started seeing black dots everywhere! Then I realized that they were attacking me and there were bees everywhere! It was scary and I dropped my backpack and ran. I felt the bees stinging me I think, and we ran for a while and stopped, but when we stopped we smacked the rest of the bees that were attached to us stinging us, and then I sat there waiting for the pain to start. And it never started...And I asked my comp if he got stung and he said I think so...and we sat there without marks or pain... and we went the whole rest of the day without pain or anything. And it really made me think of the garments and the promise it makes in the Bible about the missionaries and animals. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1992/10/bible-stories-and-personal-protection?lang=eng