I finally received a package and two letters this week! One was dated Aug 23, so obviously mail is a little slow here.....está bien :D
Thank you for the veggie straws and candy and peanut butter! Hna González, as most people are, was pleasantly surprised by the tastiness of the veggie straws.
The day of the Dead is a VERY big thing. Also, San Judas! I´m not entirely sure who he is, but there were a lot of people celebrating him the 28th. But nobody works or goes to school these three days, and everyone is definitely celebrating hard. We were talking to somebody in the street, and I happened to glance at a window and about jumped out of my skin when I saw a little girl with her face against the window, face painted as one of the dead.
I learned that there are flowers that bloom in February in some trees here, and apparently they’re REALLY beautiful. I shouldn’t be surprised, but it just makes me kind of laugh, thinking of the icicle-covered, barren trees of South Dakota in February.
I had my first really GOOD contact this week. I talked with them, and understood their address, and actually managed to kind of have a conversation with them! I was very satisfied with myself, but I also know that I definitely had a LOT of help. I also talked to a taxista [cabdriver], and he was another success! He was really open to the gospel, and elders will be visiting him in his house very soon :D
I believe I told you about Victor, Carmelita, and Jaseli? Well, this was an AWESOME week. They attended church yesterday, but more importantly, they accepted a baptismal date when we taught them in the temple Friday! Needless to say, Friday was AWESOME. Hna Paty, a recent convert, went to the temple for the first time and so we were able to go with her and teach Victor and his family. It was a really awesome experience because when we asked them, Jaseli just nodded like, "Yeah, I need this in my life..." It was really cool. It’s pretty incredible, the Spirit you can feel in the temple. We took pictures, and I’m looking forward to a year from now when we can take them when they’re sealed as a family :D The Spirit was just SO STRONG.
Something really important that I encountered in my study this week is the definition of patience in Preach My Gospel [the handbook for doing missionary work]. "Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious." I’ve always known that I’m not a very patient person, but even more so now. I´m having a delay of the language right now, and so I need to be patient.
Well, I’m content to say that this was a good week, but I definitely know that I´m being stretched by Heavenly Father right now.
Hasta luego! Les amo!
|I believe that these bananas don´t fit half of Daddy´s criteria.|
[Vance is pretty picky about bananas.]
|Me and Hna González in front of the temple of Tuxtla Gutiérrez :D|
|Hna T, Obispo [Bishop] T, Hna Paty, Hna González, after the temple!|
Victor, Carmelita, Jaseli, Hna González, and me!!