We got to see Reyna! We talked to her on Wednesday after about 2 and a half weeks of zero contact. Oh man. It was so good to see her again. She told us about how she was going to take a second job working at a bar.... oh no...... But that when her and her daughter went to go see how it would be she quickly decided that it was not the place for her. I was singing the hallelujah chorus! she also told us that she has been reading conference talks to help her feel the spirit more in her life. I really hope and pray that she will keep going so that she can go through the temple before I leave. She does need to get her butt to church though. She hasn't been in over a month. This week we are planning on having a heart to heart with her and tell her what she needs to do. I am praying my heart out that it will go well and that I will get to see her go through the temple.
We also got in contact with the Garcia family! they are they cute young family from Aguas Calientes. The last time I was able to get into their home was with Hermana Hunt.... so at least 3 and a half months ago! Their little girl Sofia is so big! she is now 6 months old and growing fast.
So you guys will enjoy this story. On Saturday we had 4 dinners. 4!!!!!!!! and they were all back to back!!!!!! We went to go read the Book of Mormon with a family, the Rodriguez family and they were cooking their dinner (this was 3:30) so they invited us to eat with them. We had spaghetti with shrimp (I skillfully avoided the shrimp) and meat and cheese stuffed chili peppers. I was really scared of the stuffed chili peppers, but I ate one and it was actually pretty good! (oh and you have t talk into consideration that I had a fairly large lunch at noon) So they drove us to the next place which was a baby shower. ....so more food! I had dinner number two there. they had a huge schpeal of food! I wasn't planning on eating until they dished me up a huge plate!!! That was at 4:45. At 6 we had the original dinner planned with the Gonzales family. We went to Brahms and I thought I was going to explode!!!! Hermano Gonzales insisted that we all get ice cream too... oh man. So thinking that there is no way I could possibly be any fuller our Young Mens president tells us about a investigators birthday party. We didn't have any set appointments so we decided to go. and guess what there was...... more food!!! oh man. This was at about 7:45. Man. We had a huge plate of beans meet and rice. and they also pulled out desert! tres leches! oh man. Hermana Applegate and I got home and just layed on the floor for a good while because neither of us could breathe! so yup that concluded the 4 dinners in one night story...... no wonder i'm gaining weight here!
Ok. funny little kid story. Ready? On Sunday night we were walking around an apartment complex when this little girl comes up to us and asks us what we were doing. We explain to her that we are missionaries and we talk about God. She asks us who god is and we tell her that He is her Father. She the gets a puzzled look on her face and asks, "does that mean we are all brothers and sisters?" I giggle a little and answer yes! then she gets this really gross look on her face and quickly says, "That's why I will never have a boyfriend!" haha We both burst into laughter at that point! So priceless. Oh one more little kid story. We were teaching Reyna and her little grandkids show up. they sit with us for a little and joined us for the closing prayer. As we were walking out the youngest daughter said, "goodbye God helpers!" I grinned. I wish everyone could be as receptive and humble and teachable as kids are. This world would be such a better place.
We got to go see Irvin's parents. this week! that was amazing! They are doing well and really enjoying the break from all of their kids. We went over there to read with them. When we asked them to go get the Book of Mormon the mom asked if she could have another one because (ready????) Irvin took his book of Mormon to Mexico!!!!!!!!!! That made me so happy. He loves this gospel and he didn't forget the Book of Mormon. The only contact we have with Irvin right now is through his parents. So it was good to know that he is doing well.
Well I just want to end by saying that I know this gospel is true. Being a missionary is the hardest thing I have ever done. I have never been through anything as challenging, as difficult, as heartbreaking as this. But at the same time I have never felt so much love, so much joy, so close to my Savior. I wouldn't change that for the world. I am still very imperfect human being, but I know who I am and who I can become. I know my Savior. There is an African proverb that says, "If there is no demon within, the demon outside can do us no harm." Christ is the one that gives us the strength to overcome our demons.
I love you all!!! hasta luego!
This is (from left to right) Miguel! Reymundo! Rosa! Me! Hermana Applegate! this was Reymundos last dinner with us so we took some pictures to say goodbye.
When you are trying to learn a new verb conjugation but give up......
So this week we got a new vacuum and we vacuumed the whole apartment..... this is what came out of the vacuum after we did it... it is the size of a large bunny! Hermana Applegate named it Pumpkin haha
The beautiful Oklahoma sky. It never ceases to take my breath away.