2/21/17 Soooooooo, yes this week was better, and I'm not saying it was the best week I've ever had but I'm definitely not upset about it. We had the opportunity to teach several people and the spirit has been super strong too. And then to put the cherry on top I finally found my rhythm! Up til about a week or two ago I've basically been trying to copy my companions teaching, half because of my lack of confidence in my own teaching and half because spanish haha. but now i can basically express any of my own ideas without too much difficulty, and boy am i happy about that because i am no longer a robot! YESSS.
The investigators we have who are actually progressing are not families... unfortunately we have a lot of trouble finding solid families who legitimately want to learn and who actually remember their appointments. we have two progressing investigators who I'm almost certain will get baptized. one is the niece of a member, she is 14 years old and basically lives with her aunt because her dad is always working and her mom is always gone (why? no idea...) so shes kinda hard to teach because we need her at the aunts house and then someone with the priesthood with us to teach (obedience!) She at first was hesitant but her aunt brought her to church and after that shes been super excited. its been awesome teaching her as she is a fast learner (not everyone here learns very fast) she is going to be baptized this Saturday! Stoked
The other is a single man in his 30's.... don't know how that worked out in this culture but it did. Anyways hes investigated the church before and he already has a basic knowledge of the church (I'm talking really basic). he is also a fast learner and is super excited to learn more. he has a baptismal date in march and he should be a breeze as he is much more stable than our other investigator and much easier to find. cant wait to see where he goes.
Other than that i want to share 2 experiences, the first was actually from last pday, and it happened during proselyting. Before proselyting i prayed super hard to know what to do and where to go, and during the proselyting it was like i got instructions the whole time. i didn't hear any words or anything i just worked, and the spirit guided me the whole time. super awesome.
the other happened yesterday, we were teaching a man who lives alone (separated from his family) and we were about to finish inviting him to ask God if everything that we've taught was true. AND THEN two old ladies showed up, walked straight through the door and sat down in the middle of our lesson. these ladies were from another church :) and after they got settled they looked at me and said "continue".... OH BOY WAS MY BLOOD HOT. And continue i did, and then I got interrupted again when they started singing a hymn from their church... I was piping hot ready to blow at this point so I turned my attention to them and the following conversation ended with them calling us sinners hahaha. The last thing i did was testify and boy did I testify. I didn't say anything to burn them to high heaven, but i made sure they felt the spirit haha. definitely a fun/interesting experience.
That's all for this week, for scriptures, go read Mosiah 24, there is power in prayer! Love you all and have a great week! -Elder Grover
enjoy the pics (pday and a less active family we visited this week. the lady is 4´6 :))
2/27/17 So id say this week was full of ups and downs... i guess that's normal though right? On the up side there are more ups than downs! So the Baptism that we were SUPPOSED to have this past Saturday did not happen, HOWEVER, we did baptize :) Our investigator who was supposed to be baptized is moving (totally last minute) to a completely different city to live with her dad, so all we can do is send a referral because baptizing someone in that situation is pretty much an automatic less active. Bummer huh... but we did baptize someone, an old lady who's been a member longer than I've been alive, lost her baptismal record lol. So with no record of her baptism and no witnesses to testify of it, What does she need to do? haha BE BAPTIZED BABY. So yeah that was an awesome experience watching her try (unsuccessfully) to plug her nose.
In other news we have another person on baptismal date for the 11th of march, and were hoping to get maybe 1-2 more on date before transfers come (22nd). We shall see how that goes, but its likely there will only be one more... oh well all we can do is work and pray.
As far as any cool experiences this week, besides the baptism there really wasn't much that happened that is noteworthy... I do feel the need to talk about something I've learned recently though. Obedience. Definitely can be a touchy subject, especially when it comes to the disobedient. But all in all there is only one word that comes to mind when i think of obedience. REQUIRED. It is so required in the work. yes the disobedient will have success, we can see examples of that everywhere, but obedience really determines your personal success in the mission (can be applied to anything else too). Ive seen firsthand missionaries who i know for a fact are disobedient have success, baptisms even. Sometimes it is discouraging, especially now with my own area, but obedience brings absolute miracles. there have been several days where something is off, its like that feeling of uneasiness you get after leaving for a long trip where you feel that you've forgotten something. It just feels wrong! IN those days i can always trace the root to that feeling in obedience. The worst part is that that feeling interferes with the spirit. And it is super hard to teach without it. IN the days where i know that ive done everything in my power to be obedient, miracles pop up everywhere... it is absolutely amazing what happens when we are obedient, and i hope that in this jumbled mess that i just typed someone will learn something haha.
For scriptures this week i want to share jacob 4. super powerful, loved reading that, especially the part about prophets. Modern prophets are such a blessing to everyone. Love you all and i hope you have a great week. -Elder Grover
Enjoy the pics of : baptism, weird fruit i ate called a zapote (zapotay), and our last pday.