Hola mi familia y amigos!
Wow, this week has been so great!! Life is tough, but this experience is worth every doubt, struggle, and challenge I have had. I know I have said this before, but every single week just reinforces it. Monterrey Mexico is where I am supposed to be. And I can´t adequately express my thanks and my love for our Heavenly Father for giving me this chance.
The Spanish is still super tough! I feel so disconnected. I want nothing more than to talk to the people and actually understand them! It is hard to do that when I have to have most of the words translated. But I have definitely seen improvement!!! I am just having a hard time being patient. I have always been good at connecting with people because I can get them to laugh. Either by jokes or me making a fool of myself. Well, ALL of the laughing is because of the latter reason. But at least they are laughing, right? For the most part I am just loving people laughing at me. Like when we contacted two ladies in the park. I started by asking if my hair was really as blonde as my companion said it was. That got them laughing and set a really good foundation to talk about the gospel. But when I went to shake one of the daughter’s hands, her being shy, didn´t want to shake my hand. I joked that that always happens back home. They just looked at me with a blank stare..... Yeah, that was awkward. I love making people happy and not being able to say something or saying something and it not making sense is tough. One of the things I find myself doing is thinking that it would be so easy to be on an English speaking mission. Every time I catch myself saying this I give myself a scolding because if God has enough faith in me to connect with the people of Mexico then why can´t I have that faith?
Well, all of my and Elder Hernandez´s hard work has paid off!! 10 new investigators, 8 of which have baptismal dates! Going from just talking to people to actually teaching lessons has been an awesome change! Especially when you are giving a lesson and you know that the Holy Ghost is teaching them what you can´t and speaking directly to their hearts! And then after, realizing that their lives are going to be changed for eternity, gives you a fantastic feeling! I think that I am starting to experience just a little of the kind of love that God has for his children. Walking down the street after a successful lesson, I felt like I was on Cloud 9! My comp. probably was wondering what was in the water the investigators gave me, but it is the best feeling to feel the love of God for others through you!
In our companionship study, we went over Ch. 9 in PMG. It made me think of Elder Ballard´s talk in General Conference. Everyone can be a missionary. You don´t have to have Christ´s name written over your heart to have Christ´s name written ON your heart. Think about all of the goodness and joy that has come into your life because of this gospel. Why wouldn´t you want to share that with others? So, I would encourage all of you to re-read Elder Ballard’s talk and sincerely think about and pray for opportunities to share this gospel. Love you all so much! Thank you for all the prayers and love being sent my way!!! I definitely need them! Hasta próxima semana!