Monday, April 14, 2014

WEEK 36...Monday, April 14, 2014

Slip n dip?

Hahaha ok.... so this week went pretty well. we found some new investigators and some new less actives and ya know some dunkin in the baptismal font, and..... yeah.... not to many cool things but ya know... whatever. 

Hahaha so i just want to write about an experience that was freakin cool this last week. so we are at this house of some new investigators and as we are teaching them about the 3 commandments first because they had a ton of questions and really we just felt like we should share the 3 commandments first so.... we did:D and one lady had a question of tithes and another had a question of the law of chastity and the other about why we don't drink. so ya know... teaching about the 3 commandments was just like... killing 3 birds with.... one stone? :D and as we were teaching the they accepted everything so well and the spirit was there and yeah the things that usually that go while we are sharing the things of God. so it turned out that this man was struggling with the word of wisdom and the same with one of the other ladies that was there. but the man told us that he would stop drinking if his mom would stop drinking coffee. and so they both agreed. but here is the catch. the lady well... has quite a bit of years here on the earth so... she was forgetting some of the things that we were saying to them. and so when we finished we gave them a commitment that they would not drink coffee or alcohol. and so we finished with a prayer and started to talk  a little bit just about life after the lesson and all of the sudden this man looked at me and my comp and gave us the be quite signal and then he went into the other part of the house and brought back a huge jar of coffee. and he put the jar of coffee in front of the sister and he asked her... hey mom do you want a cup of coffee. and she told him... well... no. (and then i was just thinking.... YEAH WHAT A CHAMP.) and then she continued... you know i dont drink coffee at night because i cant sleep. and so her son continued with the question... and so... would you like me to make you a cup of coffe tomorrow morning? and she told him "you would really do that for me son? yes that would be perfect". hahah and i just had to quickly jump in and ask the sister. "wait... hermana... i thought you just told us that you were going to stop drinking coffee so that you are more capable to receive the blessings that God has prepared for you?" and the look on her face was a look of surprise and meditation as she told me "yes i did just promise my God that i am not going to drink coffee now," then ya know i just had to follow up with "then why did you just tell your son that it would be perfect if he made you a cup of coffee tomorrow morning?" hahah and the shock that was on her face was priceless as she turned to her son and said "why would you trick me like that you know i want these blessings and that we are trying to stop drinking alcohol and coffee? get this coffee off of my table and out of my house!" haha we all had a pretty good laugh me and my comp and the children of the sister:D:D but yeah. she is pretty freakin cool sister.  

oh and i just wanted to share our experience with our baptism this week. so his name is miguel. and everything was flowin freakin awesome with him and he was progressing really well. but... we had a small problem.... we were teaching him with his aunt and his mom didn't really know that he was listening to us. its not that we were trying to hide the fact that we were teaching him but his mom is never home and miguel nor his aunt told his mom that they were listening to us. . . . yeah... since that miguel is a minor, we had to ask permission from his mom so that he could baptize himself. and so ya know it just to happened that we found ourself... or.. excuse me... i found myself in front of miguels door because my comp nor miguel wanted to talk to his mom... and i was just like... yeah this is cool guys you push the dude who cant talk this language to try and convince this lady to let you get baptized. so i knocked on the door and his mom came out and i just asked her... hello i'm elder anderson and we have been sharing our messages with your son and he has decided that he wants to get baptized. but since his is a minor we have to make sure that it is all good for you if he baptizes himself. and then she looked at me... waited for a few moments and.... her response was quite a shocker. she told me... "NO. absolutely not. i will not even consider it for one moment. " and ya know.... usually i would be a little freaked like... we are going to loose all of the work that we have just done but this time it really hit me. that this church is so true for the fact that this lady is not going to allow him to be baptized and its not the work that we have done but its the work of the Lord. and so after like 3 minutes of spirit filled talk the mom of miguel invited us into her house because as she told me "we really cant be talking about this kind of thing in the door." so we passed into her house and we got talking again and she was still very against him getting baptized. and thats when i just decided it was all or nothing right? I just told the mom of miguel that the message that we share is true and i'm and 100 percent sure that miguel has seen changes in his life for the better and the fact that i am here i'm mexico is a sure fact that what i am saying is what i know is true because if i was just spitting crap i would most definitely not be here in mexico and that i know that this date for this saturday is the date that God has chosen for miguel. and then she asked me " this saturday... miguel has to be baptized this saturday?" and i just told her  "hermana... it's not my choice of what day that miguel can be baptized. me and my comp have prayed and meditated, and we have fasted for miguel so that we can find the date that he should be baptized. hermana this date is not a date of man. it is a date directly from God." (and as i was saying this her facial expression changed from a hard direct look to really interested in what i was saying) (( and i just felt that i should directly jump into talking about the book of mormon.)) and i know that of what that we share is true because of the miracles that i have seen in my life. and hermana as a representative of Jesus Christ i promise you that you could find the same type of joy that your son has found through this message that we share. and all of this starts with the wants and desires that you have in your life hermana. and here in my hands i have a record of what we share and while you read it (yeah notice that i use while ;D) you will feel something that you have never felt before in your life. and i would like to give you a copy of this book of mormon along with a brochure of the Restoration..... (i explained a little more).... but hermana will you read this book if i leave it here with you? and she told me "yes i really will". and just to make sure that she really had the desires to read it... "well.. hermana i want to leave these things here with you but if you don't read this book its going to really kill me because i know of the blessings that come in this book and this brochure. but i don't want to force you to receive these blessings... i'm just here as a representative of Christ to tell you the truth but hermana. do you really have the desire to read this book and this brochure?" (and her response was so sincere it almost shocked me....) "yeah i would really like to read this book so that i can really find out how i can find this eternal family that you talked about and what do i need to do so that miguel can be baptized this saturday?" and yeah... that was a pretty cool time with the power of the spirit. my spanish is horrible but the spirit is powerful... :D:D 
have a great week :D



PHOTO OF THE MONTH...Monday, April 14, 2014

Foto de la semana (mas como.. foto del mes) (Photo of the week (more like .. photo of the month))

P E R S P E C T I V E

Here I have this photo of the month: D

hopefully you like this picture ...: D and do not judge me by my Spanish: D


Monday, April 7, 2014

WEEK 35...Monday, April 7, 2014

COOKED CHICKEN?

hmmmm...... not much to say about this last week but... ya know some powerful stuff. not a lot of cool things but sufficient to write about:D:D:D

so..... i would just like to start out with telling a story that just about killed me with laughter (laughter is with a t right?) so me and my comp were passing by this ladies house and after we got done teaching her she asked us to give her a blessing and clearly because i am training my son i am going to give him the chance to anoint this lady with the oil right? so my son takes his oil and parts the hair of this lady and starts to pour the oil so slowly and so care fully so that so little will leave and so that so very little will leave the aceitero and right as just one little drop is going to leave i don't know if he had a small hand spasm or... who knows, but right as a small drop was going to come out his hand twitched and he dumped the WHOLE ACEITERO ON THIS LADY!!!! i wish someone had a camera in this moment because if someone took a picture of my face i would have probably won the award of the most shocked and disbelief face in this world in this moment because i just have never heard of someone dumping the whole aceitero on someone.... and then after 5 seconds (the time it took me to process what in the world just happened) i looked up at the face of my comp and hahah i just can't explain how fantastically unique that this moment was:D:D:D and after he had anointed this lady it was my turn to give her the blessing. and as i put my hands on her head that was just drenched with oil i gave her a blessing that was to her needs and then she thanked us for the blessing (and for the extra oil that my comp gave her that she was now going to use to cook her dinner after she rung out all of the oil from her hair) and we left. and when we got out side i just had to ask my comp what in the world happened in there:D and as he explained to me.... that as he was preparing himself to pour the oil he had such a strong feeling of the spirit that his hand went numb and the spirit took hold of his body and dumped the entire bottle of oil on this lady. hahah i just had to give this moment a good laugh and tell my comp that i don't think that the oil works in amount. hahah i told him that the one drop is just as powerful at the whole bottle and that it's probably a bit more comfortable for the person if they don't have a head full of oil:D:D and then i just told him not to worry that these are the things that he is going to remember after his mission:D:D:D and that he is doing great and not to worry :D:D but yeah..... it was a pretty good moment that i honestly have not seen yet in my mission:D:D but yeah... :D 

hahah and another good story that happened back a couple of days.:D:D so we were going to this house of an investigator to eat because she invited us:D:D and when we get there she gave us some of the most delicious taquitos that i have eaten here in mexico and then she comes up to me and says "elder anderson you HAVE to try this food. it's one of my favorites and i'm sure that you will like it." Do you want me to tell you what it is now or after you have eaten it? ( i have learned if the people tell me that it is better that they tell me afterwards what i am eating just so that i am not imagining this pig intestines or stomach or heart or brains or... who knows what it could be.) and so she puts this piece of chicken looking lump cooked in bread crumbs or something and tells me to eat up. and as i took a bite into this lump (i really can't describe it any other way...) i got a mouth full of bread crumbs and crumbled up bone with a whole lot of pig fat. and as i am trying to eat this with a smile on my face this lady looks at me and asks... "how is it?" and having this thing work its way down my throat i told the lady... "this probably hast to be one of the most delicious things that i have ever eating in my whole mission. it is just so rich i have never tried anything like it before. what is in it exactly?" and she explained to me that she really loves the fat of the pig so she just buys that and cooked it with the bone because there is more flavor. and i'm not saying that i just lied to her. but i was just trying to compliment her with something that she has made and that she enjoys. :D but yeah... that was an interesting moment. i have never eaten straight up pig fat before:D:D:D

well yeah... that's really all that happened this week. but probably the coolest thing that happened would have to be general conference. because after 6 months in the mission i finally understood a little bit more of conference than the last time:D:D:D so it was more of a spiritual uplifter than just a session of six hours of learning spanish words. i really enjoyed conference. Because when you teach the gospel all day everyday to be able to watch conference is like... six hours at the movies:D:D ps i loved the movies as you know:D:D

and... things are moving pretty well here. we have quite a few people that are listening to us and are progressing pretty well:D:D:D  i especially love the two people we found on the street while we were out doing our "contacting" the one lady is an older woman who has turned missionaries down many times over the years as I approached her she told me that she wasnt sure why, after all these year, she was going to let us come and teach her. she has come to church three times now and loves it :D:D street contacting is the greatest:D:D i wish I could let all the other elders know she is coming to church that she turned down so many times before.  they would be thrilled to know:D:D so we will see how things go this week and the weeks to come:D:D:D well... that is all. yeah... 

Monday, March 31, 2014

WEEK 34...Monday, March 31, 2014

THE HOLE

well... this week was.... interesting.... hahah so ya know when you are training and its like raising a child. (hahah like... really...) I love my "son" so much i'm not going to lie... but... ya know... we have our difficulties... like i would just like to say an example that i am trying to teach my comp what he should not do while we are teaching... so we are in a lesson with some less actives and things are flowin so suave and the power of the spirit was there and my comp goes and tells these less actives "well... all of the blessings that my comp promised are true and that you all should really come to church, (this is where it gets a little... interesting...) I know that the church can help you guys so much but remember that the devil is working against you and it will be so hard to come back after years of bad habits and that you guys probably wont be successful to come back to the church because the devil is so strong but... good luck. " oh man... i was so shocked after he said that i tried so hard to come back after that and well... luckily after some time and a few motivating scriptures they were back smiling and all pumped up for going to church (they came to church this week:D:D:D). and then after we left i just told him... dude.... ya gotta focus more on the positive we are trying to encourage them to come to church not condemn them. so yeah... we are getting better errr day. :D but i just thought that was a funny story that passed:D:D:D 

hahah so every month we have the money that is to come this next week , our DL had a baptism on saturday and my comp wanted to see how much water was in the cisterna(the underground water storage ) so he opened up this hatch to see how much water was down there. ok.. well.. let me explain first. this water storage has this opening at the top that is like 3 feet by 3 feet and then it drops down for like 15 feet until the water starts and then who know how deep it is from there. so with that said you know the pocket that we have on our shirts as missionaries- things can fall out right? so as my comp went to bend over to see how deep the water was....... his credit card, mission manual, cards that we made to hand out, and his gafete (i have no idea what gafete would be in english...(badge)) ... oh man... it would not be such a big deal about all the other things fell into this huge underwater storage tank, but... HIS CREDIT CARD°?°?° awww crap.... the money comes this coming monday and we really need the cash flow.... and let me tell ya i was not mad with my comp in the slightest. right after it happened he was already taking off his socks and shoes so that he could get him self into the water tank to get his things. oh man... i just told him. BRO YOU CANT GO IN THERE. I CANT BE EMAILING PRESIDENT THIS WEEK AND HAVE TO TELL HIM.... SOOO... MY COMP DIED? YEAH..... NO BIGGY RIGHT? so after a 15 minute discussion i finally got him to put back on his shoes and socks. but still i am dying inside because to get a new card from the mission is like... a month wait and they don't give us sufficient money as it is. so i was wondering what in the world i was going to do . so when today came around we had just woken up and i thought.... man... before the mission i went skydiving, jumping train car to train car, breaking into places to get sick instagram pictures, and now? i have not done anything crazy in like.... 7 months!!! sheesh! what is this life with out a little of adventure. so i turned to my comp and was like... get ready bro we are going to the church. and when we got there my comp finally found out that i was going down this hole of death to get his  credit card. and my son asked me "why cant i go down?" and i just told him..... "well.... my son.... to tell ya the truth... the president is in love with native spanish speakers and frankly... i don't fall well with him... so if i die... it will probably be a relief to him:D:D" hahah and with that i put myself in and worked my way down the 3 by 3 foot walls down to the water and when i got down there i dropped myself into the water (which came up to my neck, good thing my short comp didnt go down.) and i could not see a thing for the life of me. haha so i just yelled up to my comp drop me the cell phone bro!!! and as he tossed me down the phone i used the flashlight to see this small cavern that i have just entered... and i just yelled back to my son. "The things i do for you son!" and if there are spiders down here i'm going to kill you!!! so i found the card and didn't drown and got my self back out after a heck of a lot of time of almost slipping back down. and yeah... my comp now has money! hahah heck yeah... thats the way we do p-days here in mexico. 

but yeah... we worked really hard this week and ..... still tryin to work harder, we are hitting all the numbers but not the baptisms so we are happy but in Mexico they planched us from the top on down  so yeah... have a great week. peace.

Monday, March 24, 2014

WEEK 33...Monday, March 24, 2014

E. N. G. L. I. S. H.

phew!!! throw me a towel cuz i'm sweatin.... hahah not really but... really. we are only getting started into the season of heat and roasted chickens and i'm already dyin (bah darn english.... why is it so hard to spell in english.... i still can't speak spanish but to spell spanish is a heck of a lot easier than english let me tell ya...) but this week man... i thought it was going to be a week of just sitting at home drinkin iced tea but... ya know... then i realized that... 1. i'm mormon and we don't drink tea and 2.... that i'm in the mission and sitting at home really isn't an option.... but this week was sick:D like my comp... well not really he is doin just fine. 

but to start i just want to tell about a story that happened this week that really was freakin crazy!!!!! so we have been contacting in the street like donkeys and ya know we have been seeing some of the fruits of our labors. so we were going to teach this family and when we entered they offered us something fast to eat before we began our teaching. so we got to know these people that are so fantastic and so welcoming i was so sure that they were going to progress so well!!! and so when i usually start i ask the family what i can ask for them in the prayer (what every missionary does right? ) and when i asked this man what i could ask for him in this prayer he told me that i could ask for the health of his wife and that she always would have the best that would be for her. and that really just shocked me straight up... because they have been married for like 20 years and usually more marriages here that i have seen the husband is like... make me a sandwich woman and don't have respect. so when he told me to ask for his wife i was like dude... i respect you so much what a man (thinkin this in my mind of course...) but what a man right?!?!?! and that is only the beginning of this adventure. so we started with the prayer and right when i ended the prayer the spirit just came in so strong and i just thought to my self... man if they cant feel this i don't know how much more God can do to show them that this is the truth... but oh boy was i wrong... me and my comp were just about finished with the lesson and usually i find myself praying that the spirit will be able to stay with us the entire time in this lesson i found my self praying that if God could take away a little bit of the power of the spirit that was there because i don't know if it was the reaction with all the spicy that i have been eating but really i was feeling pain of how strong the spirit was there in the room and the faces of the man, his son, and his wife we of complete shock or awe with what we were saying and the power that was in the room and when we finished and i did the baptismal invitation the power and feelings of the spirit were only even more! it was awesome to say the truth. and ya know after i did everything probably the most smooth that i have every done an invitation baptismal ya know what he said..... a solid... no. oh man... that took me back.. and threw me for a loop because i have never felt the spirit work so hard with someone before in my mission. but he was solidly set on his no and normally we try to convince the people to say yes but this time i just felt like i should respect his no and when we were leaving he was like... but i really do respect what you guys are doing. i would like to invite you guys back to eat barbacoa. hahah heck yeah we are headed back with this brohomeie!!! :D so yeah... that was my experience with the most powerful lesson with the spirit that i have felt in my life. and about half way through the lesson the son who has like 10 years of age left the room and can back out when we were leaving and gave me a photo that he drew that had me and my comp with the words; my best friends; oh man... can this family get any smoother? or could this day be any better? but we still had one more lesson to go to.

so while we were going to our last lesson after this family i got a call from the lady that who we were going to go visit that she is going to have a family home evening with some new investigators and if it's all good if i teach the lesson and the activity... and i was like.... um.... sure? so in the 5 minutes that we had walking to her house i came up with a lesson in what i was going to teach. and you know what that lesson was? yeah you guessed it... it was the paper cross story:D:D hahah how funny that i thought that i was never going to use this story in my life and here i am using it for a family home evening. and while i was finally ripping the airplane to make the paper cross the suspense was so much in the room and with each piece that i unfolded was a little bit more pressure to see if the missionaries would be able to stay if they could find this paper cross with one straight rip. and finally when i unfolded the paper cross every ones mouths just dropped open hahah i'm sorry but i kinda laughed a little because the shock in the faces of the people was priceless!!! :D and then i finished up and we set an appointment with these 3 investigators for tomorrow and things should flow well with themD:D:D: but yeah that  is what i wanted to share with you guys bout the paper cross story:D:D:D 

and... well... i received my first job offer here in mexico. who would have guessed. but we got his call from an investigator and she told me that in her work they don't have people to teach english and so we went when we had a free hour (which was weird because we never have a free hour) and i went and taught english hahah how funny and when we finished the boss of this english company came up to me and was like... so when can you come back. .. we will pay you. hahah i just told him that i would love to come back but i wont accept money. and as long as i can invite the people to listen to our message that we bring, i will teach english:D haha he said yes and so i am now teaching classes of english in the church and in a business. as they say..... finding investigators in unexpected places. :D

and.... we ate pig intestines.... whoa! there is another blessing to not eat that again:D that did not sit well in my stomach... to say the least... but yeah... oh and nancy the mom of johnathan, the first person that i got the opportunity to baptize? yeah... she finally decided to get baptized!!! yay!!!! my dl couldnt get after me too much this week cuz i out taught him. I taught 50 discussions gave 5 church tours, had 60 street contacts, added 7 new investigators, and had three previous ones and had 4 less actives at church:D:D i am exhausted but glad to be working harder than ever:D:D



Monday, March 17, 2014

WEEK 32...Monday, March 17, 2014

Trabajo.
(Work.)

Well... this last week was an interesting one:D:D we worked and worked and worked until  it felt like I was living a scene in the Best Two Years. it is good to be a trainer so you can set the pace:D:D So probably the coolest thing that happened would have to be the two baptisms that we had the opportunity to participate in :D The first baptism is of a young man that is 20 years old and he probably is the bees knees. we found him because he was going to seminary and he was already reading a crap load in the book of mormon and he practically already knew everything that we were teaching him so all we really had to do is wait for the 4 church sundays that people have to go to before they can get baptized:D hahah but something funny or.... ironic... i don't know but its... something:D:D so we were at his house the day before his baptism and he is telling us that he has a cold. a really bad cold so he does not think that he will be able to baptize himself tomorrow. and i was like... uh... crap... this is not good... so we just started to chat and finally he was like alrighty i will baptize myself tomorrow. and when we arrived for the baptism i found another missionary putting blue dye in the water (ya know.. ya do what ya gotta do so the water can look appealing for the people who are baptizing themselves. right? because who wants to get baptized in water green) and that is when i was SO surprised. because i put my hand in the water.... and um.... yeah.... it was freakin cold!!! oh man... i felt so bad for Miguel when i felt the water... cuz he is sick and this could only make it worse... but... then i just thought that maybe he might be a bit more sick but the ordinance that he is going to make with God is something that is going to last with him forever:D:D so that was pretty awesome. and yeah... the baptism went great. I had my son baptize him so that he could have his first baptism. :D:D 

hahah and the other baptism that we had the opportunity was with an absolutely fantastic lady :D:D her name is maria and this was probably one of the most fantastic moments i have ever had here in mexico :D because after so much time working with her and her doubting and telling us no to what we are saying she finally received the answer that we have been telling her that she would receive if she just continued on. :D:D oh man... i don't even know how to express how happy i was for this lady:D:D:D:D:D!!!!!!!! like when she left her interview with our DL she just came up to me and was just bawling (with joy) and was like can you just please give me a hug? BAH THAT FREAKIN KILLED ME!!!! Cuz I was as happy as she was.  I just told her that i really cant. . . . but yeah... it was a fantastic moment:D:D and at her baptism she called me her angel for everything that i had done for her (well... i really didn't do much... really... it was all the Lord.) and the patience that we had with her and yeah.. it was such a fantastic moment i really cant tell you how awesome it was. Because i have never really felt so happy for someone to make this covenant. yeah.. it was a sick experience :D

haha and i just have one more thing that was freaking funny that happened. so... during the nights my comp sleeps really light and he wakes up really easily. and last night (i do not remember what happened at all.) apparently i woke up in bed and sat up and started talking with my comp. and apparently as he told me we just had like a 10 minute conversation about the mission to what is life like in Guatemala. and at the end i just told him... ok thats cool... night:D hahah sorry that just freaking killed me to hear that i just woke up in the night and started talking to my comp. but yeah... so...... cool story bro. right? 

well that is the hi light of what happened this week... we worked fechin hard this week. had 17 new investigators, a couple baptisms and a crap load of lessons, 47 to be exact, sixty contacts, 7 less actives at church........almost as good as  "The Best Two Years".......and i still got told to do better or go home?  what? is that the south american way? i hope to get up the guts to tell my DL that the Lord is pleased so why doesnt he go home:D :D so i hope things will get better for my DL's sake but as for Me and the Lord.... I think we are doing just fine :D I love feeling the spirit and the satisfying feelings it brings here in good ole mexico. remember to always check with the lord to find out where you stand with him or life could destroy you:D:D



Monday, March 10, 2014

WEEK 31...Monday, March 10, 2014

THE CHILD CAME!!!!!

phew.... just give me two jumps and a kitkat because i need a break.... this week was probably one of the most... well... growing experiences that i have lived here in Mexico. only like... 2 things happened this week. so... here they are.

so the first experience that happened was when we were taking this lady to a guided visit of the church. (something that we do here... i have never heard of them in the US.. but.. maybe that's just me...) but so we brought this lady in and all we do in these guided visits is explain the day of rest and why we partake of the sacraments. but overall we start with a hymn. and we ask the people just to sit and relax while us (the elders) sing for them. and so me and my new child (it' s what they say when you training.... so... i have a kid.... yeah... weird...) started to sing for this lady and after we finished the first verse this random guy just walked in the doors of the church and heard us singing and after like... 10 seconds he quickly rushed up to the piano and started to play the song that we were singing.. hahah that was so sick!!! the spirit is always pretty freakin strong while we are singing for the people when we are in the church but... when this man just decided to walk up and started to play that is like when the freakin tower of babel just came down and the spirit just hit the lady in the face... well. that was a little graphic... but yeah.. and did i mention that this lady has not gone to church in like 30 years and after we had finished everything this lady was so shocked at how many blessings that she is missing out on by not going to church. (and just to finish this she did end up going to church this last week:D:D:D)  so.... YES for going to church for the first time in 30 years!!!!!! :D:D:DD:D:D

hahah yeah... and the other story that i have to tell is that now that i am training it seems like every moment my dl's are just looking for ways to rip into me. it is hard for me to hear I am not doing enough. i was raised that we should focus on what we HAVE done, not what we HAVENT done.  we taught 41 lessons this week and had five investigators in church and 8 less actives in church.  I felt like the Lord had really blessed my new comp and i to have touched so many with the spirit that they would want to attend church and to continue feeling those same feelings we left them with.  according to my dl our 41 lessons werent good enough, even though it was five more than anyone else.  this week i have come to realize that my numbers are "good enough for the Lord" but that is hard to get that across to someone who is from a country other than my own who keeps telling me i havent done enough as i am walking out of church.  it is so important to look to the Lord to find out if He is pleased with your work or you could get discouraged when other kids your age tell you your arent doing enough.  i think this young missionary needs to change his approach or he may end up having some unsuccessful children someday.  he needs to point out the positive and not focus on the negative. i am sure we would be more successful as a mission if we did this.... this is something every missionary needs to learn. the minute i start to think I am not doing "good enough" I know exactly where that though came from and it can go back to where it came from.  

now they have set the standard for me and my comp that we have to find 3 new people everyday. so we have been contacting like.... (insert something loco.) and well... to be honest we have not had much luck with the numbers... but we were lead to this lady.  when we were going to go visit a family we swung by their house and this lady walked out and started to talk with us and told us that the lady and the family that we were looking for are not home. (oh.... darn.... ) so we just started talking with this lady and after a bit of time we got to go in. we just started talking with her and i asked her a few questions and all of the sudden she just opened up and told us what is going on in her family and how she does not know what she needs to do and practically everything that she could have told us... she did. so we started with our first lesson and we had learned that she is catholic. so we were just teaching to her needs and at the very end of the lesson we asked her if she will prepare herself so that she can be baptized. that is when she asked us if her baptism was valid. and so i asked her in what way was she baptized? and she told us that it was two elders like us. and she even had a picture of her two elders who baptized her. (bah in this moment i was not a very happy camper because she is like a golden investigator and was accepting everything perfect and at the very end to find out that she had already been baptized....) and so i followed up and asked her how long ago were you baptized? and telling me that it was like 5 years ago. and then i asked her have you ever heard of Joseph Smith? (and followed by other questions) i found out that this lady was baptized ... so... now i have this amazing lady who i need to teach everything but don't get to do the ordinance.... she is a very nice lady and is really willing to learn and i'm excited to teach her what she needs to know so that she can really do what she needs to do to receive the blessings of the baptism that she did:D:D:D

but... yeah... that is my week:D:D:D I'm training... we didn't baptize this week... but we did have many people feel the spirit and know that the Savior loves them and thats why i am here...... and it's true what i heard about training. Your new comp is like a baby. (in the way of like... You have to show and teach and guide him in everything.) i was just thinking that since my comp already knows Spanish it would be easier for him to catch on.. or that he would already know stuff... but.. haha no:D:D but it's fun and an adventure:D my comps name is Elder Ovalle from Guatemala. pretty cool dude I'm not gonna lie:D:D:D kinda reminds me of my little brother Hudson:D:D:D