NEWS (INVESTIGATOR'S NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAINTAIN ANONYMITY)
JUNE 10, 2013
"Pillow Fights, Tar Pits, reunions, and strange meat..."
Hello Family and Friends!!!
This week has been busy as normal! I didn't think I would be emailing today because the Internet was down so I didn't have time to jot down what happened this week so I apologize if this email is scatterbrained! The days all sort of mush into one and I cant remember when weeks end or begin!
We will start with Pillow Fights. On the mission sometimes you get a little stressed especially during weekly planning where you sit for 3 hours straight and plan for the next week. Sometimes you take a minute to wake yourself up... this week was a pillow fight... it really worked! Sometimes you have to do what it takes to stay awake!
Tar pits... well today for P.day we went to see the infamous tar pits... You would never believe what we found.... pits full of tar and dirty water... yup that was it... Some P.days are more exciting than others! Apparently many types of animals had once been found there.... It wasn't very interesting is what I am getting at.
Reunions! This week we finally had a lesson with Francisca and Epy. Epy was our old investigator who was practically ready for baptism and then dropped off the face of the earth. Well she is back from mars! She is ready to start again and has a baptismal date for June 30th so we will trust in God's timing and hope she makes it for that date! It was in that lesson that i realized I am a more effective teacher when I truly love those I teach and see them as God sees them. The spirit is there ten fold!
Strange meat... So there we were eating dinner at the sweet Delgados home. We were eating tacos with some meat on it. I had eaten about three at this point when Sister Cole asks what the meat is. Lo and behold it was tongue meat... I made the mistake of looking closely at my plate and seeing the little taste buds on a part of the meat that wasn't all the way ground up..... I don't know if it was the meat or something else, but I was sick all the rest of the night. Eating here is always an adventure. Although from what I understand in other places it is much much worse. Sister Thomson told me about her brother in Ecuador who went to a dinner where one of the men climbed up a palm tree with a giant stick and knocked something out of a tree. A giant Iguana .. the kids then beat the iguana to death where they then took it and roasted it to eat..... I felt a little better about the Tongue meat after that..... :)
Sister Cole and I also had an interesting experience while out tracting. We stopped and talked to a guy working on his car and we ended up teaching him most the restoration. I think that was the first time sharing the restoration on the street wasn't uncomfortable for me. So that's good:) Improvement!
We also had a man yell at us across the street if we were from a church... as we got closer we could see/smell that he was drunk. He looked at our name tags and began to cry.... and said "I am a Mormon!" He continued to explain how lost he was and that he needed help and wanted missionaries to visit... we don't know if it will go anywhere, but it was one of those crazy moments that dont happen every day in LA. The strangest part about it though was that he said he lived with Odilia... our new investigator(the one with the 3 daughters...) Everyone in our area knows each other....
I think one of my favorite things this week was a tour we gave to this couple who were members. We were with them for maybe an hour and a half and talked about the Gospel, service, and families. I wish more members who came into the vc were that way so willing and open to talking about the Gospel. We have so many come in that say oh dont worry I am a member Im fine I will just walk around.... We all need the Gospel more in our lives not just non members!
Sister Cole is... well sister Cole... you just cant help love her. Its interesting "killing" someone... (aka she goes home at the end of this transfer) It causes you to ponder a lot on your mission and what you want to get out of it and how you hope to feel when you are going home. I realized this week that I have been out almost 5 months... Life goes by too quickly. I hope to be the kind of missionary God wants me to be and that I do everything he asks of me. I know that through obedience miracles happen and happiness always follows!