October 30, 2017
This week, overall, was a little different because we couldn’t find people to teach but it lead me to think and feel differently.
But on Monday we had a super awesome family home evening with Ana y Jaime! They are planning to get married legally here pretty soon in November! For Noche de Hogar, we had a cool video about the plan of salvation in its entirety and the two little boys had a blast playing extreme Jenga afterwards with us. Ana gave us cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate which were really good. We ended up leaving at 10:00 somehow.
Jorge Tobar is one of the Ward Missionaries in Samanes, I have mentioned him before. He is fantastic. Everyone thinks he is just barely 16 but he is only 7 months younger than I. (I don’t know if I mentioned this last week) He put his mission papers in a month ago and he got his mission call and he is going to Panama for his mission! He leaves in January! He has more experience than I do in sharing the gospel because he has been going out with the missionaries for a year. I have learned a lot from him and I know he will be absolutely amazing in Panama.
On Wednesday, Elder Tafur asked me if I could play the Piano for the primary that night. I said how many songs and he said that he did not know. I said ok. Then that night they gave me 10 songs and wanted me to play the piano for the Primary Program that Sunday. I tried to practice but it didn’t work out. I was really nervous about how to tell them that I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t even say it very well in Spanish so it was like a double hit. But I managed to tell them and I was off the hook, but whew. They got someone who was really good at the piano, someone in our ward. For lunch that day, we went to Herman Gladis’s house and she gave us probably the best food yet. There was fish and ice cream, but above all there was an apple colada. Apparently colada means avena which means oats. I didn’t know all the coladas were made with oats before my mission. But anyway, the apple colada was made of Apple Tapioca, Pineapple, and wow I drank so much of that.
I accidentally had two breakfasts one day because I forgot we had breakfast with Hermana Lenda. She gave us Pan de Yuca. I was super full. That day we had another companionship exchange with Elder Gibbons. We talked a ton. He teaches me a ton every time we go on Splits. He has been here for 7 months in Vergeles so in a week or two he will probably be changed to a different area.
We had service on Friday and it reminded me of my time of working for Arrowhead Pooper Scoopers because we were picking up trash for two parks in a neighborhood. Elder Hacking from Farmington Utah held one of the leaves of the prickly pear cactus and he got a bunch of micro pricks in his had. I told him not to but ya he didn’t believe until he felt the pain 10 minutes later. But what confused me was that two other people did the same thing and they were not hurt, only the Gringo.
On Saturday there was an activity about Family History. Ana y Jaime came! They really liked every part. There was a part of it that they demonstrated the Spirit World and the spirits that are waiting for their name to be called because of the temple. They liked the indexing too. I didn’t realize that you could do it on the website and not only through the program.
Elder Tafur has been stressed about who more we can teach. Many people are not answering or keep on rescheduling. He does not have much time left here he thinks. Before this week I was a sheep trying to absorb as much information as possible about how to be a good missionary but now I have shifted to being engaged in doing more for how I can find people that are searching for the truth and need comfort in their life. I am trying to use the skills that my Dad taught me because right now we really need them. I also got much closer to God. I had a super spiritual experience. I prayed during our Weekly Planning to know what I must do, what I can do more. I started to doubt if this would work. But no sooner than that thought, I felt a super warm feeling in my chest and the thought came to mind “Love with all your heart” At first I didn’t know what to do but I then I thought about how I was a little mad at Elder Tafur for being a little impatient. I realized all the things I needed to love better in my life and for the members and for the people interested in the gospel. I will be working on that this week.
Also, we have had only 2 maps for our area and I printed more maps from google maps and figured out the regions and I will be finding out house numbers as we go. None of the address information is online here. Only the pictures. So we get and address like Samanes 4 MZ 100 Villa 3 and we are supposed to be able to find that house. MZ stands for Manzana which means apple and also a block of a city.