Its been a while since I have sent everyone an email so I thought I would throw in a couple of good stories to make up for being really bad at sending an email to everyone! Right now I am working in Mexico City, a few weeks ago I got transfered from working in one of the smallest pueblos in the mission to the city again so its been a fun time trying to adapt to the city life again. We have been working really hard and having a ton of success. Even though we spend a lot of time in the streets looking for people to teach, its all worth it because the Lord puts the right people in the right place at the right time.
This week was difinitely a trial for me. We had a lot of really awesome things happen and a lot of really frustrating times, but it all turned out well! This week we didnt have a baptism but the sisters in our ward had one that we have been helping them with.
The guy that got baptized this week is Mario. He has been listening to the missionaries for about 2 months now and had a ton of desire to get baptized, but because of some health problems he hasnt been able to come to church on a few different occasions. This last few weeks he has been super excited to get baptized and every time we see him he tells us that his baptism is getting closer! Well yesterday was the day. The thing about Mario is that he doesnt have legs and he is in a wheelchair, and yesterday the Adversary did his best to try to stop Mario from getting baptized.
We start church at 8 in the morning is this ward and we finish at 11 but we had the baptism planned at 4 in the afternoon. So we all left the church and we planned to go pick up mario at 3 or 330. He lives about a half mile from the church so we needed a little time to walk with him to the church. Well right at 3 oclock it started pouring rain, and its not like Utah rain, its the real deal here, and nobody has cars so it wasnt like we could just swing by and pick him up really early and we couldnt delay the baptism because another ward had a baptism at the same time. We had 1 umbrella for My companion, Mario and me. Three guys and one umbrella doesnt work normally and when one of us is in a wheelchair makes it impossible. So what we did was gave the umbrella to Mario and we pushed him in his wheelchair a half mile in the pouring rain to get him to his baptismal service! haha it was quite the experience but we got him there! Everyone was asking us if we were the ones that got baptized because of how soaking wet we were, but things turned out really well and he was extrememly grateful that he could get baptized!
I am so grateful for this gospel and all the amazing experiences I am having here on the mission. We are working hard every day to help more people change their lives! Thank you for all of your love, and support. Hope all is well. have a great week, and trust in the Lord in all that you do. Be your best every day!
This week went really well. We baptized Maribel and her daughter Estafania!!!! It was awesome to see them join their family as members of the Church! We are only missing one more! Her name is Abie and we are going to try our best to start teaching her but she isnt very interested in listening or committing to live the priciples of the Gospel. Its not going to be easy but thats the goal we have to complete the family!!! We are soo close!!!
The best thing that happened this week were the baptisms. We had two baptisms but the cool thing is that every area in my district baptized someone this weekend! It was the first time that we have done that so that was pretty cool!
The worst thing this week is that we had a bunch of good people that are preparing to get baptized and had a baptism date, but none of the 5 came to church on Sunday so we lost all of the baptism dates, and we are going to have to work really hard this week to be able to get them back on schedule to be baptized!
Juan Bosco went on vacation this weekend to visit his family, so he didn't come to church this week. We sent him the address to the church where he was going and we are going to go check if he went. If he went he is still on track to be baptized on July 5th but if not we are going to have to move it back a week. Its a bummer, but he is a good guy so I am not too worried!
We havent found the member that is working on my memory card this week so we arent sure if we are going to recover the pictures or not we are going to visit him tonight so we will see how it goes!
Time is going by super fast, I can't believe it has already been one year! I feel like it is going to go by even faster this year and before I know it, all of it is going to be coming to an end. My thoughts are that I dont have another second to lose and that if I can have another year like I have had, I will be happy for the rest of my life. I have learned more in these 12 months than the first 18 years of my life!
My companion still struggles but I think he is getting better. He drives me crazy sometimes because he doesn't love all of the rules, but I am doing my best to stay patient and remember how I felt when I had 3 months in the mission.
Another thing if you can keep President Whitehead and his family in your prayers. His daughters husband passed away last week, and they have 5 little kids. His wife is back in the States right now with their daughter, but if you can it would be great to keep them in your prayers.
Everything is great here mother, I love you so much! Give Braden a big hug from me for his birthday! Tell everyone I love them! Have a great week!