Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Becca suggested that I wrestle down a turkey to eat for Thanksgiving dinner this week and I think I will do that because turkey is nowhere to be found in the grocery store. Or maybe Ill just eat rice and beans instead. Yum.
I had a pretty good week of lessons with some new families that we found. Unfortunately Diana isnt listening to us when we come, just Christian. He is reading the Book of Mormon and praying but unfortunately didnt go to church on Sunday because someone called right before to ask him to play in a baseball game. Frustrating when people cant see the blessings they could have when they make sacrifices. Xiomara still hasnt found a place to live unfortunately but we keep praying for her. Jorge didnt receive the priesthood this week, but the whole family came to church and he is hopefully getting it this sunday. Its so hard when we as missionaries want things to happen on our time and try to emphasize "the sooner the better" to people, but people like to take their time and Jorge and Beverly had to leave the church after the first hour so he couldnt get interviewed.
Its so important as missionaries to ALWAYS contact. This week I had a cool experience with contacting. H. Chinchilla and I took a bixi (bike that carries people in front) to the grocery store- Pali. Lots of times we just like to relax and not talk to the driver but I made a new rule for myself to always contact. I dont know why but it seems like bixi drivers are always single and are notorious for always cat calling at us. But this bixi driver, Felix, had a wife and little girl and said we could come visit him. We went the next day to visit them and its a miracle that we found their house because they live with a lot of family and you have to walk through the first house that is closest to the street to get back to their house. We taught the restoration and they received the message well and really seem positive. They were really sincere and told the truth about some things we asked and sometimes thats hard to come by because people dont want to hurt feelings here or its just easier for them to lie.
Its very rare for people to give us food here but we have taught Jorge and Beverly on Sunday nights and they have given us dinner the last three Sundays. Its amazing how bad/good you feel when people that only make about 120 dollars a month and have 2 kids share food with you. These people live in such humble situations and I love them so much!
Ive thought a lot about listening to the spirit and following the spirit. I think a lot of it just comes down to being obedient and doing the best we can. I love this quote from Elder Bednars talk "The Spirit of Revelation" : "I have talked with many individuals who question the strength of their personal testimony and underestimate their spiritual capacity because they do not receive frequent, miraculous, or strong impressions. Perhaps as we consider the experiences of Joseph in the Sacred Grove, of Saul on the road to Damascus, and of Alma the Younger, we come to believe something is wrong with or lacking in us if we fall short in our lives of these well-known and spiritually striking examples. If you have had similar thoughts or doubts, please know that you are quite normal. Just keep pressing forward obediently and with faith in the Savior. As you do so, you “cannot go amiss” (D&C 80:3). "
Just be obedient and have faith and the Lord will help you do what you need to do as a family member, church member, and citizen. I know this church is true and that Heavenly Father is guiding this work to gather his children. I sure love you and miss you all!
1. Met a woman this week who has a 3 yr old that she named Joseph Smith. She knows he is a prophet but she just really liked the names.
2. One of the members this week (about 65 yrs old and the cutest thing ever) wore a shirt to church that said "I am from Mars."