This has been one heck of a week!! We worked our butts of this week and we met all our goals which means were on track to reach the standards of excellence of the mission!!
This week on Tuesday we were working from 10 in the morning till when we ate lunch at 1 and then we went back out till like 9 at night when we had dinner! We walked so much but it was so worth it and it feels so rewarding to work so hard! When we got back to our room after that day and we saw how much work we had done it really helped push us to continue working hard this week! On Wednesday we did whats called a district attack which is where the whole district goes to an area and all the numbers achieved that day go towards the elders in that area. So on Wednesday me and my companion went to 9 de octubre and we helped the two elders in that area that day which was pretty cool. We did a lot of knocking on doors which was pretty interesting because you always see some weird things and you always get lied to. The people always say that they are busy and then when your persistent and you get to enter the house you see that they completely lied to you! But yeah it teaches you how to be persistent! Then Thursday and Friday and Saturday were normal. Then on Sunday we had stake conference which was good, except for the fact that we had to wear our suits and it was burning hot!! When i stood up after conference my back was all wet with sweat and same with my pants! After we got back from stake conference we went and ate with some of our investigators and we had a really good lesson with them! They accepted to be baptized but they need to get married first so i don't think ill get to see Nixon and Diana are their names, get baptized which is a bummer because i have really seen a big change in them which is so awesome to see as a missionary! Then after that lesson we were supposed to have a training meeting for all the mini missionaries but only one of them showed up so we called all of them and overall only 4 were able to come and so me and my companion went on splits with those 4 youth and we went contacting to show them how to contact and how to teach a first lesson. Our goals for yesterday were really high and we weren't going to finish them so we started scrambling around trying to contact people and to get into peoples houses, it was crazy!! We had to do 24 more contacts and teach 11 lesson yesterday to complete our goals and we wouldn't have done it without the mini missionaries. They helped us so much and they just got back from efy in trujillo so their batteries to share the gospel are fully charged!! It was so cool to see them helping us out and sharing the gospel in preparation for their missions! We split up yesterday and we did some contacts and taught some lessons and then we had to go back to the room to receive the reports from the other elders in our district but they weren't in their room so we decided to run out for another 30 minutes to try to meet the rest of our goals and so we were running around and we got into 5 more houses and we met our goals!! Yesterday in total we did 33 contacts and had 11 lessons and it was so awesome!! Not only did we meet our goals but we had lessons this week that were awesome too and that were totally guided by the spirit! I really like working with Elder Gamboa and i think we make a good team!
Today we played soccer on a small turf field and it was super fun but since it was on the turf it was also super hot! All of the elders in our zone are really good at soccer and so it was fun to play with people who are good! I actually didn't do that bad for being the only gringo that played with all Latinos! I also played with a sombrero so that i would get sunburnt and it was pretty funny!
Thats all for this week! My companion and i are hoping to do even better this week because we will have all the mini misioneros to help us out! Hope you all have a fantastic week and that all goes well! Love you all!
House of their pension, painting a room.
Throwing water balloons off the roof of their house.
Four of us from our district eating at a restaurant called El Boom
A kitten we rescued from dogs
Me standing in front of a a church and on the side it says the scripture John 3:16 in Spanish
My comp and I in what we wore to play soccer today
Hey mom!Really I'm doing great! Theres always going to be some little things that bug me and that are uncomfortable but all in all im fine and i love being on the mission especially now that im really getting the hang of the language! I can basically understand anything now except for the slang words, but other than that the spanish is coming along really well! The thing thats probably the most dificult for me is the food. Sometimes i would just rather not eat and sometimes i dread going to meals but i think with time it will get better! My pension is really nice and cool though because she knows that i dont really like a lot of rice because it get hard to eat after the first three bites and so she makes us fruit a lot. My companion likes having fruit to so it all works out just fine. Really thats the only thing thats hard for me right now is the food, but i think that will pass! Oh and its also always really really hot during the day especially when your inside peoples houses teaching lessons! But yeah im doing great and i love it here although i miss having luxuries and now have a greater appreciation for what we have! Love you! Miss you! Thanks for your love and support! Also a scripture that i found that i really like is Moroni 8:3. Always put your faith in the lord!! Love you!