January 21, 2014
In the last 8 days, we’ve gone to 6 parties.
Yeah. Real life.
And out of those 8 days I ate chile picante 4 times. And every time my mouth was on fire. But that didn’t stop me. BRING ON THE PICA.
“This isn’t missionary work, it’s missionary fun!”
You better believe it.
Me and Hermana Finlayson just look at each other like, “What? What is even happening?” Especially because somehow we’re still getting all our lessons in for the week! It’s super cool. The best thing about parties is that strangers get to see us with their friends and are like, “okay. they’re not just 2 crazy girls on bikes trying to pray with everyone they see. They must be normal people cause my friend is normal and they visit my friend all the time.” And then we get into their houses. There’s this one area we have that we’re pretty sure has been tracted over 50 times. But it’s blowing up right now. Why? Because we’re not tracting. We’re working purely through relationships and referrals. And people are happy to see us and say hi to us instead of looking at us weird. It’s unreal. Especially here because everyone knows everyone and everyone talks. So if we can get on the good side of all that talking, well. We’re good to go.
We’ve been able to work with Enrique’s family a lot more lately. Which is cool because his family is HUGE. And they all live in that little trailer park where everybody talks. And everybody loves them. Who wouldn’t? They’re basically party central. His granddaughter Neyva is absolutely amazing and such a sweetheart. She has been looking for this and trying to get closer to God for a long time. In our last lesson she said, “I feel like God has been working on me for a long time and making me the person He wants me to be. And I like the Neyva now a lot more than Neyva before.” We taught her the Restoration and after the First Vision she said, “When you were showing that picture and telling me what happened, it felt peaceful. I felt that it really was true. That he really did see God and Jesus Christ. I feel happy and hopeful.” She loves our scripture of the day and is always looking for people for us to visit. 🙂
Enrique’s daughter, Eva, too. She is so strong and is going through a lot in her life right now. She has a lot of questions but really she’s just looking to be happy. We went to help her clean her house [after another one of those parties this week] and got to talking. “Hermana, I know that this is hard for you. Your situation is truly difficult. But can we show you how we find peace and happiness in our lives?” And we showed her the Book of Mormon. We have another appointment with her today.
We met Nereda through Enrique as well. She told us she never lets people in her house that she doesn’t know and would always pretend she wasn’t home when the missionaries came by her house. BUT we’ve had a couple lessons with her and she loves it. Now her husband wants to learn more. And she learned our names. Well….kind of…..we’re Hermana Luz and Hermana Fin. Hermana Light and Hermana End. But we’ll take it, most members don’t bother to learn our names!
I want a Veinte Unenera so…..start planning that. Hahaha. But seriously. It’s been nothing but fun this last couple weeks. Everything has felt so natural. We’re comfortable with the people and the work. We’re wondering what the big challenge will be this transfer that’ll stretch us. Because there’s always a stretch. I’ll keep you updated.
But we’re excited. 6 more weeks, here we come.
Have a fantastic, missionary-filled week everyone!
I love you!