This week was pretty awesome. First of all........Hermano R was baptized this Saturday!!!!!
It was so awesome to see the changes he´s made in his life over the last few weeks, and I'm so ridiculously excited for him!!!!! Also, his aunt went to the baptism, and we're going to have a Family Home Evening [lesson] today with them, so we're hoping that one day soon she'll be able to follow his example :D
Hna Tovar is AWESOME [Tess’s new companion]. I feel like we were really, really, really good friends in the preexistence. She has two transfers left, and so we/I hope that she´ll finish her mission here, because she´s just AWESOME. It was kind of funny, but the first evening, when I was showing her where stuff was and everything, she was just like, "Hna Owens, JAMAS voy a hablar en ingles." Which means that essentially she REFUSED to talk in English. So that answers that worry that I had :D We're two happy Americans, talking in Spanish :D Her parents are both from Mexico, but she was born and raised in Salt Lake. She´s a really good egg :D
|Nothing says México like beverages in a bag!!|
But about three seconds after we moved forward, we heard this lady call out, "Hey! Gracias!" And we turned to see this lady. She had been trying to pull out her cell phone when it had fallen out. She gushed out her thanks, and it was such a blessing that we were the ones that found the money, and everything. I happily believe that it really was her money because I feel like normally if someone wanted to take it, they'd just take it without saying anything, and she was just so grateful. It was pretty cool (especially because she happily gave us her direction and cellphone number :D)
For this second story, you have to understand that here there are a lot of "vecindads." They're like apartments, but more open and smaller.....I don't really know how to explain it, but normally there are about four families living there or so. Anyway, another miracle was that this Friday we got a little lost (I generally know Cinco de Febrero, but because there aren't street signs sometimes I get a LITTLE lost) but anyway, we were backtracking to get to the right place when we saw some kids that were watching us. So Hna Tovar said, "Let's go talk to them." so we talked to them, and they all wanted to learn more, so we put an appointment for Sunday.
When we came back, there were about nine kids, waiting for us. But the parents were all still sitting in their houses, but we wanted to talk to everyone, because it's so much better when we can teach families than just the kids. So, we asked the kids if they wanted to sing a song for their parents. They were all like, "YES! YES!" and just super excited, so we practiced "Soy un Hijo de Dios" I am a Child of God, and then we told the kids to invite their parents to come listen to them. Not all of them came out, but two moms came out, both of them looking a little put out that these two strange young women were talking to their kids. But then we explained that their kids wanted to sing a song for them, and then we started singing, and WOW. I honestly think that this was one of my favorite experiences in my mission, because the Spirit was just so strong. The instant after the kids started to sing, the one mom actually said, "wow," and they just listened attentively the whole time. It was incredible to see the difference that their kids made in teaching them. If Hna Tovar and I had just tried to talk to them and explain the Restoration, I don´t believe that she would have felt anything. But nobody could deny the power that these kids had, singing about their nature as children of God. It was incredible.
Anyway, after singing, we asked if the kids we originally contacted were able to read the pamphlet, and the oldest showed us her notes. We told her before that she could write or draw the things she understood, so that she could remember, and so she showed us her drawing of Jesus Christ, and she wrote the steps of prayer, and basically I feel like we've just encountered a neighborhood of gold :)
Well, there you go! Just know that I've had a really awesome week, and that they're just going to get better!
Love you all lots!
|A really pretty sunset that doesn´t really show up.|
|It was getting a little cold, so I thought I´d warm up a little bit. |
(But really, people burn the leaves and stuff that fall in the street.
It´s really common to see tiny fires in all parts of Chiapas.)