Monday, November 7, 2016

Happy Día de los Muertos!!

November 7, 2016

Hello Family! 

   As you could probably guess by the subject line, this week was the Day of the Dead here. And nobody that I saw really celebrated it.  People usually just go to the cemeteries and put flowers on the graves.
  It was a weird week because of our slight schedule change due to elections.  We left at 9 every morning and came back at 7 every night.  It made me realize how dependent and accustomed we are to the schedule and it really screwed with me to be off it. 
   It was a good week with the investigators though.  We got a reference for a family that we teach with some members that are their family.  They are cool and went to church.  His name is David and her name is Cristiana.  They went to church and seemed to like it.  Also Carlos came to church again and is doing awesome.  It's a bit of a struggle with him in church because he's half-paralized but the bishop came and took him in his truck.  His baptism on the 19th could be interesting.  We might have to sit him down but we'll figure it out.  Nathan had a little problem and wasn't able to get baptized this week but he has a new goal to get baptized on the 19th that we're fighting for.  Hunberto came to church again after two weeks of not going.  He´s still excited and wants to get baptized, but he has to leave some Sundays to take care of a disabled family member.  Also, there's a cute little girl named Angie that comes to church with her grandma.  Her parents aren't members and she turns 8 on December 9th.  She wants to get baptized and her parents are all for it so she's kind of a free baptism for us in December.  We're also teaching a guy named Edgar that has always heard a lot of crap about the Mormon's but he´s kind of friends with Nathan and saw us teaching him.  He invited us to come by and teach him later so we did and he's really positive.  During our first two lessons with Edgar I kind of felt prompted to back everything we said up with the Bible, which is something I´m always capable of doing but usually I don't share a verse from the Bible to back up every point I make.  Anyway this time I did and we counted later and in the first two lessons I shared 23 separate passages from the Bible with him.  He later expressed how that had really helped him accept us as Christians and not just a cult and the fact that I used the Bible so much to support everything.  Now we've explained the Book of Mormon and he understands it's role.  He wasn't able to go to church yesterday because of the elections here but I'm sure he'll go this week.  I thought that was a bit of a different kind of prompting but it sure worked.  We also talk to Nathan's uncle quite a bit because he hangs around where we teach Nathan.  The only problem is he's always drunk.  But we found him on Sunday morning about 80% sober and he just kind of showed up to church.  That was cool.  Hopefully he'll be blessed with some help to stop drinking.  All the alcoholism you see here is really sad.   It's probably one of the things that makes me most sad about a lot of the people here.  It ruins everyone's lives it touches.  Stupid Satan.
  Yesterday after church we had to come home for the elections and just sit around at home all day.  I got that long desired Sunday nap for once in my mission and it was AWESOME. Not as good as preaching though :)  I read a lot of the Old Testament study guide and learned some interesting stuff.  This morning we went and got our hair cut and ate new chili dorito cheese dogs from the gas station for lunch.  They were awesome. 
  This week we have a multizone with Elder Alonso who's here to do a mission tour on Wednesday.  Then on Friday we have a special leadership council with him at President's house.  I'm really glad I'm not in the office right now :)

Anyway have a great week!!!!

Elder Smith

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