Well, from what I understand you've already heard the big news about transfers. My hijita Hermana Sanchez left to another area, and I'm still here in San Carlos with Hermana Jimenez! I don't know how in the world I'm still here. Seriously, I was mentally preparing myself to have to leave. But here I am. :) Hermana Jimenez is pretty cool. She's from Buenos Aires, Argentina and is 27 years old. She's from the same group as Hermana Sanchez, so she has 3 months here in the mish. We're still getting used to teaching with each other and everything, but we're working hard.
We're taking really good care of Jorgito. My face hurt from smiling so much on Sunday as he received the Aaronic Priesthood and was ordained a Priest. He even went out and bought himself a white dress shirt and some slacks. It's the best!
Ok... I'm drawing a blank. I can't remember much more of what could have possibly happened this week. All I know is that we worked a ton and we're a little sleep deprived. But I don't think I'm leaving out anything terribly important.
Let's see... This week I've been thinking a lot about focusing on people, and not lessons. That's something that I've always tried to focus on. But this week I pondered it a bit more. I've found that it downright irritates me when we practice as missionaries, and the missionaries that have a lot of time in the mission recite their memorized lesson to me, and smile waiting for me to tell them how great they are for having memorized their homework. We know that it's super important to study the lessons well to help others understand. But I never EVER want to be a missionary that recites lessons. I don't remember when or where, but in some training a general authority explained to us that we should never teach the Restoration in the same way to more than one person. That seemed hard to me with the Restoration... we talk about prophets, Jesus Christ's church here on the earth, the Apostasy, and recite the first vision. Bam!
Lesson 1. But no! Listing off the points of our lessons by memory without inviting the spirit by means of questions and scriptures will never convert anyone to the gospel. Sometimes I think I'm not a super great teacher because I still struggle a bit with the tenses and some words in Spanish. I know the lessons, but I don't have all of the points memorized quite like I should. I have found that when I ask questions, not only do I have to talk less, but the investigators discover for themselves the truthfulness of our lessons. With that, I only have to bear my testimony. It's an art to perfect, but I hope to master it. I don't know how this would help any of you, but I figured I'd share with you my mental battle for the week. Just remember to focus on "the one" I suppose.
I love you all. I hope you're all enjoying some fresh happy springtime. We're still cooking down here. :P
Con mucho cariño,