Monday, March 7, 2011

7 de marzo

well this week was amazing. my first baptism was saturday! a husband and wife. Florentino and Teresa. actually her name is Augustina, but she doesnt like the name augustina so she goes by Teresa. haha she doesnt really talk that much. but shes way nice. they are a great family. saturday was the baptism and sunday was the confirmations and also blessings of the 3 kids. the bishopric and like 2 other hermanos did them all. i was happy because my spanish isnt all that good yet. but the spirit guides anyways so i would have said what was supposed to be said. daniel is the oldest, like 6. then rubi like 3 or 4. then a baby thats 8 months, Araceli. last night we watched the restoration movie cause Florentino wanted to know more about José Smith. hes really eager to learn more. its a sweet movie. we had english subtitles for me. after that we watched the testaments. which is kinda silly, but also really good. theres like a love story in the middle of it. and john the baptist looks like a caveman from geico commercials. it was really funny when i saw it.

so throughout the days we walk around a lot and talk to people and set appointments with them. with the references we get from tianguis we give them the video Finding Faith in Christ. its a sweet one. and its free so people love that. we have like about 6 investigators at the moment. which i think isnt that much, but we are getting more and more. and this isnt including florentino and teresa. these 6 are like more regulars but we have seen others that we need to go back to. they are all pretty good. Maria Magdalena and her husband i havent taught yet because we had changes both times my comp taught them. but he says they are good. and the last time we went over there they were just starting the movie we gave them. it was cool i was like hmmmm coincidencia! hahaha. then theres alfredo who we havent been able to talk to in like 2 weeks cause he wasnt there one time and he lives far and we have been figuring out the baptism stuff. but well find him this week. cause he wants to be baptised. hes really poor. lives with like the mom the dad and 2 sisters. and they are all super old. then theres Julieta who we only taught twice so far but her sister is a member. julieta is really smart and i think a high school teacher... and we gave her a book of mormon and she was like cool i love to read. then when we said we wanna leave with a prayer she was like oh ill pray. and we were like awesome! haha she kinda knows some stuff from her sister and her sister talks to her a lot about the gospel i guess so she is a good investigator! and we have Tomás. whos really old. and he says hes gonna die soon. haha hes funny. so i think we just need to make it important to him that since hes dying soon he needs to make sure hes in the right church and has the right baptism. because unless your born of the water and of the spirit, you cant live in heavenly fathers kingdom. so ya. thats kinda all that i can think of. we have given a lot of videos out to really humble people that wanna learn more. here in my area theres a lot of catholics. really strong ones. but i think a lot of them just are catholic because its tradition in their family. so they think its true. but they dont really know a lot about their church. so we need to find them and give them something real to believe.

the past week, monday night to wednesday afternoon we were in Distrito Federal where the mission offices are. like 3 hours from my area. i had to lengthen my visa for a year. so i got to see all the other elders from my generation. it was great seeing elder pickett, my comp from mtc, and elder ericksen. we took pics on the swing set at the presidents house. theyre darling. ha. we also ate pizza and spaghetti at the president house and he talked to us for a long time. hes crazy smart and knows A LOT!!! he talked about Obinidi and other ways of teaching that are really effective. it was way sweet. we sang army of helaman in ENGLISH! loved that too. also have the words in spanish tho.. so for like 3 days we didnt really do much. i like the area in DF. it looks like LA or something. and the people there look different because they arent as poor there as they are here. and theres like mcdonalds and malls and stuff! crazy, doesnt seem like mexico. but i like my area. its dirty. on our way back from DF we took metros and and a big bus that drives to my area in volcanes. the bus was actually really nice. the entire bus port was. it looked like an airport, had terminals and everything! but the metro was jam packed full of people. not one more person could have fit if they tried. haha i was the biggest one on the entire thing and i had my hands touching the ceiling and thats how i was holding on. it was so funny to me i was like laughing with my comp and people looked at us like we were weird or something. im even laughing right now cause im thinking about it. hahahaha. but it is totally normal to them. once the doors open people are like shoving and fighting to get in and sometimes people arent able to get in and also people arent able to get off. cause they get trapped. oh it was fun. really hot. but i enjoyed it. still laughing while typing this.... jajajajajajaja. so this week i heard, dont stop believin - glee version, obvi. Endless Love was blasting in the streets. thats the song from Happy Gilmore when they are ice skating. it was amazing. loved it. also heard Eye of the Tiger! then last night i heard More Than Words by extreme in a cumbvi. pretty sweet.

well having baptisms this week definitely pumped me up. i wanna have more! i know exactly what to do and i know the secrets, whats holding me back is the spanish. its not horrible, and i can teach stuff, and my comp is a good teacher, i just know that when i am fluent im gonna slay it here in mexico. ill probably get athletes foot for being in the waters of baptism so much! hahaha oh btw, the water in the font was sick. it was green. couldnt see the bottom and it was only like 4-5 feet deep. but it was only at like my waste... well i love the mission. and i love you.

read and pray everyday

elder inglish


1. the lopez family and my first baptism.

2. me and my compa before the baptisms

3. elder pickett, elder ericksen, elder inglish from mtc

4. president chavez, me, uhhh....wife of president chavez??

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