Tuesday. We got to go to the temple as a zone and it was so good to be back in the temple. We got to meet with Maria Parra and Arturo. Our goal was to get arturo to pray, so we talked about how God wants to hear from us and how it is a commandment to pray. Then at the end of the lesson we invited Arturo to pray and after about ten minutes of silence......... go got up and walked out!!!!! I was shocked! I've never had anyone do that before..... none of us knew what to do. His wife, maria, just apologized and apologized and we apologized too. She then told us about a lot of hard stuff that is going on right now in his life. I hope that we can find a way to help him talk to his father in Heaven because he is the one that can help us! We just have to first open our mouths and share our hearts with Him. We talked to Arturo again on Wednesday and he was so excited to see us. so luckily I don't think he got offended. He was just having a hard day.
Wednesday: We had an awesome lesson with Ashley and Irvin and Axel about fasting. They thought it was the coolest thing ever and we all decided to fast together on Sunday. Ashley was super excited. After the lesson we said goodbye to Reymundo and then had dinner/played volleyball with the branch! It was so much fun. All the little kids and adults were playing together and everyone is so LOUD which makes it way fun. We also helped with Young Womens which was really fun as well.
Thursday: we went over to Reyna's house to have a lesson with her when the cable guys showed up. Thank goodness we were their because the cable guys didn't speak a lick of spanish and reyna doesn't speak a lick of english. So we helped her with the language and rearranged her room to accommodate a TV. It was so funny. At one point we were trying to move the bed and her roommate luli got squished between the bed post and the dresser. Her eyes got really big and she started laughing so hard! oh man. We all were rolling on the floor laughing together. :)
Friday: Well bike day! We were on bikes and it was sooooooooooooo hot. Like 107, super humid, and we were out in the heat of the day. Man. I've never been so sweaty in my life. Its gross. We needed to get out of the sun so we stopped by the Ordonez's house. They let us in and gave us water and we ended up talking for a long while. They pulled out their old photos and Hermano told us his conversion story. It is so amazing to see how the spirit works in peoples live, and more than anything how he can change lives. I was blown away by his story. They bought us burritos and we ate and chatted for a while and then we headed back out into the heat. We had a very sweaty hot productive rest of the day.
Saturday: Do yall remember Rosa De La Cruz?? she is from the dominican republic. We were teaching her a while back and then stopped. But we found her again and had a lesson with her. We were so bold and the spirit was so strong! We talked to her about baptism and she said that she wants to be baptized. Excpet she told us, "Hermanas, this time I want to do it right. I am going to do my part, I'm going to do it." I believe her. She is so determined. you can see in her eyes that she is tired of the life she is living and wants to change it. She want's to be happy and feel the peace that only the spirit can bring. We set a baptismal date for September 3rd. I am really sad that I won't be there for hat, but I have no doubt that she will get baptized that day.
Sunday: we had a full house. The Gomez family game! woohoo! and Rosa came!!! and the Rodriguez family and so many other people. It was so good to see them. so story from Sunday..... I ate a habenero pepper. for any of you who haven't yet had the experience of eating a really hot pepper without anything else. DONT DO IT! It was death. I thought I was going to die. We were at a members house and I told Elder Barry that if he ate one, I would too. So Elder Barry ate one which meant that I had to too. I thought I was going to die.... after about 3 glasses of milk and a whole lot of chocolate I was able to feel my mouth again. Man. the things we do on the mission.
Well fam and friends. Its been fun and I am so grateful that I have another week to go out and serve the lord. I want to share what my dad shared with me as my, "last two weeks tip" he said:
"Just savor the time you have left and let yourself feel the peace and reassurance of the Spirit that all is well. You fought the good fight and you are returning with honour. Put a smile on your face and know that you are loved... by all of us and especially by the Lord."
I think this goes for all of us. We all need to live like it is the last two weeks that we have to love the people around us. I love you all so much and I hope that you are all doing well.