Saturday, April 11, 2015
well SO MUCH happened this week...
i'll start with last monday because almost every day was filled with something crazy. on monday we went to the zoo with mishel! animaya is like 40 minutes away from our area and we had to take two different buses to get there but it was so worth it! we got to go on the safari tour and we got really close to the giraffes.
tuesday and wednesday were pretty normal and then thursday was so scary. my companions and i were starting language studay when the assistants called and asked for me and they told me that i had special changes and that i needed to pack all of my things nd be in the offices in one hour. i was so sad and so were my companions, especially hermana smith. we hurried and packed ALL of my things and i called mishel and emmanuel and a few others to say goodbye but i couldn't stop crying and then we called the franco's to come help us take everything to the offices in their van. while they were coming to get my things my companions told me to call president to ask if there was anything he could do and he told m no because an hermana had to go home for health reasons and that there wasn't another option. we all layed in the hammock and said our goodbyes and cried a little and then suddenly president calls and told me that he figured everythign out and that i didn't need to leave anymore. best call ever! io am so grateful that i'm finishing my mission in chichen! it's like home.
on friday the zone leaders and my companions and i had a meeting with president and the assistants in centro to talk about the zone and things we can do to help the missinaries to meet thier goals. while we were finishing the meeting the assistants were going to go work with our zone leaders and president told us that he wanted to come work with us in our area. president drove us around in his van the whole day and visited all of our investigators. it was so fun being with president all day! i learned so much from him. he invited ALL of the people that we visited to be baptized the next day and mishel and marcos both accepted! mishel was baptized on saturday!!!!! marcos had an interview with president and president decided that it would be better to wait a little bit longer but we are hoping the he gets baptized before the transfer.
saturday was so great! it was the anniversary of the refief society so the stake did an activity where each ward presented a traditional dance. mishel danced with the relief society and then right after the activity she changed and her baptismal program started!!!! her family came and the room was so crowded and it was so sweet. while she was changing we had everyone in the room write her little notes and we collected them all and made her a little book so that she can remember everyone who was in her baptism. alo emmanuel baptized her!
on sunday all of the missionaries in chichen ate at emmanuel's house!
on monday elder flores our district leader called us and told us that he had special changes and we didn't believe him because we had joked with him about my special chnages but then we went to eat with his invesigators and found out that it was true. we were all really sad and we told mariana to get baptized that day because she was going to be baptized on sautrday and she told us that she wanted to so we planned a last baptism and finished all of her lessons for elder flores hahaha.
and today we woke up at 3:30 to go to the temple at 5! it has been a suxh a crazy week but i love it and couldn't ak for anything better!
i love you all! aslo see you in 3 weeks!
hola mi familia y amigos,
well it's been another really great week here with hermana smith and hermana janco, and all of the other members and investigators in chichen! on friday emmanuel had friend home evening in his house and he invited mishel and pedro. they are both so great! a couple weeks ago we watched the restoration with pedro at the palma's house and the other night pedro told us that he had a dream that heavenly father and jesus appeared to him, just like joseph smith and then heavenly father told pedro that he is talking to him through hermana smith and i and then hermana smith and i appeared in his dream! my mouth was wide open the whole time he told us about it, i have never heard of such a clear answer before from any of my investigators but i am so glad that he received his. after pedro told his story to everyone the lesson just kind of turned into a testimony meeting and mishel shared her testimony too! she is so cute.
also a couple weeks ago while hermana smith and i were looking for someone we met marco! marco is 50 and lives with his mom. he has had a really hard life and has been looking to change. we showed him mormon message about a man that rescued a bird and gave him another opportunity to live because god had given him a chance to live and start over thanks to the gospel. he really felt the spirit and ever since he is doing everything possible to change, he's read the scriptures and he even came to church yesterday and the baptism on saturday! i am so excited for him.
i wish i had more time to write today, but we're going to the zoo with mishel and possibly emmanuel!
i love you all, have a great week!
so we broke a mission record this week! hermana smith, janxo and i found 27 new investigators! the assistants have been sending out little texts the entire week that say "find, teach, find, teach" and "eat a good lunch so that you can keep finding new investigators #assistants" so we decided that we were going to talk with as many people as we could this week. on saturday we found a family of 11! we started out by talking to a few of the kids that were by the gate playing soccer while their family was eating and then they let us in and we invited their whole family to listen. it was the first time that they had ever talked with missionaries! the lesson was really great and they all seem really interested. when we started the lesson we explained to them that god is our loving heavenly father and played head, shoulders, knees and toes to show that he has a body of flesh and blood.
it has been so awesome to be in a trio again! i love it, and hermana janco is a wonderful addition. we have so much fun. we laugh all the time and then try to be serious and laugh again but we also work really hard. we have aqlso been able to do a lot more divisons with the hermanas in the other zones that we are over. i went to alta brisa this week and got to work with the other hermana williams and hermana jimenez!
ohhhh also we took mishel and her older sister to the temple this week! mishel's sister kati has listened to missionaries before back when she was 15 and went to church and even seminary but never chose to be baptized because she was so young. we met her the day before our temple trip that we had been planning and she accepted and even stayed for the family home even that we did afterwards with the palma's. it was so great that she was there to support mishel and mishel finally told us that she's ready to get baptized this month! also kati works a lot, and even works on sundays but really soon we are hoping that she'll come to church.
well that's all for this week, have a great week! i love you all.