I don't feel like a whole lot has happened this week event wise, but I can share a few little things that have made our week a bit more adventurous. Like the fact that on Saturday, before starting our fast and before even eating lunch, we were invited to eat a prelunch lunch with another family we were visiting. We were wondering why the house smelled funny, but we definitely connected the dots as we sat down to eat our soup. We kind of almost died when we realized that there was a pig hoof floating around with the veggies and broth. ICK! Just so you know, pig foot smells and tastes like the mud the piggies play in. We left quickly and anxiously searching for something minty or chocolatey to devour. Thankfully we survived, and now I have one more thing to put on my "gross things I had to eat in my mission" list.
This week we've found a few new families to teach, which has been really exciting. And they're really sweet! We've also been working a lot more with less actives. Every 3 months the Area Presidency sends us a list of 20 families that we need to go find and see if they still live in the ward. With this project, we've been able to work a bit more with the ward members and go out on our "rescue" every week. It's been an interesting way to see how or why people fall away from the church. It's almost startling to see how dramatically their lives have turned for the worse, and how desperately they need the gospel back in their homes.
We've had a few interesting experiences with people trusting us with their secrets and life problems... It's really stressful, I dare say. It leaves me pondering deeply in how is it that the gospel can be applied to real life problems. I think that's one of the harder trials in the teaching aspect of missionary life. What can I, a twenty year old gringa, possibly share with a suffering person or family that will actually help them? I think Satan puts that thought into our hearts. Every morning we study the 5 missionary lessons, Preach My Gospel, and the scriptures in order to be better teachers of the gospel. We have been asked to study thoroughly the Plan of Salvation, and I feel like it has been really interesting. Learning about Adam and Eve helps us to understand why we pass for trials and what we can one day achieve in this life. I hope to have some more inspiring insights on this in the coming weeks...
Anywho. Love you all. Hope that you are all enjoying some summer vacations and such!
Until we write again,