Hey hey! I hope you all are doing good and enjoying your last little bit of warm weather! It is still super hot here in Puertas Del Sol.. I know understand why it is called "Doors of the Sun" because well yeah.. it is super hot. But the sun and the moon have been seriously so freaking beautiful here. It is unreal and no photos do them justice.
Well, I wanna get right to my week. Because we had a week of miracles here in my area. Seriously.. I am just awed every single day at how much the Lord is blessing this area and this time in my mission.
This week, we worked hard and well with each investigator that we have. Some of them have decided that now is not their time and other decided that yes, it is their time. The good thing is we are see the fruits of this area. Like I said in my last email, when I got here I could see that some of our investigators were really ready and prepared to be baptized. We actually had Hermana Vicenta and Hermanita Julie's baptisms on Saturday. We also share our area with elders and they also had Hermana Marbella's baptism on Saturday too. Like I said the Lord is present in this area.
The baptism was beautiful. The morning of the baptism Hermana Magana and I were studying when the young women from our ward showed up at our door wanting to help us do something for the baptism. Seriously, they are so cute! hahah anyways so we took the chance to make cards for the Hermanas getting baptized! Seriously this ward is so involved it is awesome! Then after a minute we look outside and the young men are out pulling our weeds!! hahah it was a moment where I just wanted to cry! We had about 11 youth show up and just help us get all prepared for the baptism! I have photos so you all can see! and photos or our ritzy house too haha. Things are unreal here.
Then, came the baptism. It was awesome because Julie, our investigator who is 10. She invited all here family. Her cousins, aunts, grandparents and they all came. We had a TON of people show up. We at one point had people waiting outside of the room just listening to the talks haha. But I am sure you all will want to know I tried to squeeze into the room and one point and I turned off all the lights in the process... then later I tried to squeeze through the other door.. yup.. turned off the lights again.... every time the bishop talked I turned off the lights by accident. My face was bright right hahaha the second time I turned off the lights I said "Oh my.. WOW!" haha I feel like that will give a few of you a good vision of my reactions hahha. It was embarrassing none the less..
People have now been making all sorts of jokes about it. Yesterday I gave a talk in church and when the bishop went to talk at the pulpit the other brother who was going to speak with me whispered. Bishop is going to talk, you wanna turn of the lights? and many other jokes proceeded. Oh but yes, I spoke in church. That was the 4 time I have spoken in church out here and I feel like I have improved a lot, especially my Spanish. It's nice to see improvements. Yesterday I just brought up my book of Mormon with me.. it's nice to see I am learning something's out here! haha.
Well, let's see. Hermana Vicenta and Julie are so freaking adorable. Hermana Julie's mom told us she studied all of the pamphlets we gave her.. TWICE. the night before her baptismal interview because she was nervous. I loved when we went through the baptismal interview questions with her. It is so fun to hear the gospel in the words of a 10 year old. I asked her "Julie, what is the law of Chastity?" She replied "It's the law where I am only allowed to have one boyfriend." hahaha. Yeah she's cute.
Did I every tell you all that Vicenta is 50 and she doesn't know how to read or write. Have I actually told you all about the MANY people we as missionaries teach to read and write. It is crazy! Hermana Vicenta didn't even know how to write her name. We have started with the alphabet and are now focusing on combining vowels with consinents (wow... maybe I need a lesson on writing again.. that is totally spelled wrong! I never thought English would be hard!) anyways, she is the most diligent person I have ever seen. We give her homework like 4 pages of writing and reading and she is done the next day! It is totally difficult for her but her patient is so admirable.
Hmm.. what else.. we also found a cute little family this week Lily, Jose, Nicole and Camilla. They too are now preparing for baptism. They have faith that to is admirable. Their questions are genuine and their spirits are strong. The people out here are just so amazing. I am excited to see the progress of this family. I am sure I will have more stories about them soon.
Well, I don't have too much else to say. Things are going well. I am just happy with where I am and where i have come in the mission. The best is I still have 9 months to learn THAT much more. So we will see where this area and the rest of them take me. But just know that everything is going well. I love you all and I miss you all so much. I was thinking a lot about all of you this week. Just wishing that you all could be out here with me. Meeting Hermana Mary and Ester and Jupiter and Vicent and Julie and the many many more friends... no sisters I have met out here. I know you all would love them. But just know that they all say hello and they even include you all in their prayers during our lessons. It is truly sweet.
Until next week,