This week was crazy great! Im just loving the mission more and more every single day! Its getting harder and harder but I´m learning the love the challenges! Im completely exhausted at the end of the day and theres not a better feeling than that of coming home at the end of the day and being able to look back on all the good we did. Of course I am FAR from being the perfect missionary, but everyday im trying so hard to be better so that I can become the missionary my Heavenly Father wants me to be. Last monday we had plans to have family home evening with a family and 2 investigators. We had it all planned out and had made these ornaments and everything. Well we had an appointment with our investigator Mirna before FHE so we went there first and had a GREAT lesson. I absolutely love her, she accepts everything and loves to learn. Shes reading the book of mormon too which is a miralce because we have a hard time getting people to keep their commitments. She just needs to come to church and shes going to be baptized. Well we were super late for FHE. So we literally RAN all the way to the house. Everyone was staring at us...im sure its a funny sight to see 2 white missionaries run. We got there only to find out that our investigators never came! I was pretty bummed, and it started to rain, so we had to walk all the way home in the pouring rain. I am actually loving the weather here right now. We have had alot of rain and cold days! im not complaining because I HATE the heat!
So ive had some funny moments with my "grandpa tito" this week that lives next door. He had asked me a couple of days before why we dont pray to the mother of Jesus, and so I had found some scriptures in the bible and one night I was feeling fearless and approached him and some of his neighbor friends that are alot younger. I called them all to repentance haha. I read him the scriptures and explained to him why Jesus Christ is who we need to worship, not mary. And then I was feeling even more bold and I said "do you believe in the bible?" and of course he said yes and I said then you believe in the 10 commandments right? He said yes. And I said "then you are breaking 2 of the 10 commandments because you have idols and you worship them and other gods. I think I got him there! haha I told them all I was calling them to repentance and they laughed. But I dont have fear with him because he will always be my buddy. He told me I am a granddaughter to him. A couple of nights ago we couldnt get into our apartment because our key wasnt working. Well he hobbled over to help us out. He was trying to open our door for almost 20 minutes before the other hermanas showed up. And then 10 minutes later we got a knock on the door and he said he was still worried about me and my companion and that the next day he wanted to go with us to get a new key. haha I love him so much! He sometimes knocks on our door just to give us candy.
speaking of candy, Im getting fat ;( just to warn you before you see me in 4 days! the other day we ate at the relief society presidents house and she gave us 8 pieces of pizza! I wanted to die! she wouldnt stop serving us. and the worst part is here, after we eat they always have soup. So yeah expect to see me about 1000 pounds fatter. haha
Thursday we had a christmas conference with 3 zones in salta with the president and his wife.it was so great, except I got called on to speak in front of everyone! there was over 100 missionaries and I was the one that got chosen. I wasnt prepared at all and I was SO nervous, but I made it out alive. I spoke about the different names of Jesus Christ. The conference was SO good and we ate really good (once again im getting fat). Afterwards we played white elephant. im really sad because i had opened up a beautiful nativity and someone stole it from me at the last second! But it was really fun to play with everyone.
Friday we also had a christmas dinner activity at the church. It was great because it was for the inactives and our investigators. We were allowed to invite 5 investigators. When we showed up I was in shock at how beautifully decorated and planned out it was. I love that I am serving in a barrio and not a rama right now!
So our investigator Brenda that we found lasat week is progressing! we set a baptismal date for the 10th of january. During one of our lessons this week, I had the thought to ask her if she would like to learn how to play the piano. She got really excited and said yes. So saturday she met us at the church and I am teaching her how to play (all those years of teaching piano are paying off!) Its a little hard to teach in spanish, but she is learning really fast. Im excited to use my talent! And we used it as a time to give her a tour of the church. Im going to make her a cardboard keyboard to practice at home and we are going to be teaching her every saturday.
Well that was my week and I cant believe how fast time is flying by. Its true that time flys when we focos on others. This is the hardest thing I have ever done, and even harder when we dont see the fruit of our labors, but I know that my heavenly father is proud of me. I might never see the fruit but I know its there. I love being a representative of Jesus christ! and for the opportunity I have to experience things that I couldnt have experienced and other time or place in my life.
This christmas season is the most special of them all. I have 1 gift to open christmas day, but really I have SO much more this christmas. I have spiritual presents waiting for me this christmas :)
I couldnt ask for me!
i love you all!!!