Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fun Pictures

Mission Newletter with all the new callings which includes Sister Training Leaders.
all of the zone leaders and sister training leaders with President Carreon and his wife

this is what happens when you put 4 american missionaries together

the Tijuana Temple!  it's coming along nicely
the best tacos de pescado joint in town.

Los Elderes y una Eldera!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ernesto's Baptism

We completed a family this weekend.  That's a good feeling.

We've been teaching Ernesto since I arrived here in Fuentes.  His family life was kind of crazy. His wife was a less active, his 9 year old son had been baptized several weeks before, and they all still lived in his mom's house who was the only other member, everyone else being completely uninterested in listening about the gospel.  So there was a lot of hesitation on his part. But he wanted to do what was right for his son so he listened to us and started to change some icky stuff in his life to follow the commandments.  It was still quite a slow process.  We had to clean up a lot of loose ends.  He baptismal date was pushed back several times, his mom left for the U.S. for a month, and his wife was talking about divorce.  Yikes.

But faith works.  Faith, prayer, and fasting.  This past week was a week of miracles.  Ernesto's less active wife, Arecely, finally found a different job that would allow her to go to church on Sundays, his mom returned back from her vacation in the States, and everything started to fall into place for his baptism on Saturday....  But Thursday came and he said that he didn't feel the desire to be baptized like he thought he should feel.  He knew it was a good thing to do, and necessary, but he didn't feel a desire to do so.....  so we fasted some more, having made a deal with him that if he went through with the baptismal interview Friday, by Saturday he would feel the desire he wanted.  

Saturday morning we called Ernesto.  AND HE GOT BAPTIZED!!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hermana Bautista

CompaƱera #4, remember her?  The one I've been spending all my time with for the past five weeks but haven't told you anything about?  Yeah, I'm about to fix that.
4th Companion - Hermana Bautista de Mexico City

Now let's cut right to the best part, Fun Facts about Hna. Bautista:
  • She doesn't know ANY English.
  • She's from Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 23 years old BUT her birthday is the 12 of this month.  Felicidades!
  • She studied and graduated from law school.... yeah, she's a lawyer.  So imagine how she teaches.
  • An AMAZING missionary.  I mean she really knows her stuff.
  • One of her greatest dreams is to one day eat spaghetti with her hands.
  • She likes to exercise each morning with one of those giant bouncy balls.
  • She dies her hair Red Velvet, but just dark enough to where it doesn't look too crazy for a missionary.
  • She is obsessed with this singing fish that she bought in Los Sobre Ruedas the other day.  You know, one of those that look like they were mounted up on the wall.  It sings the same cheesy song over and over again and she loves it.  She doesn't even understand what it says because it's in English, but she loves it.
  • She finds the strangest things hilarious in the scriptures.  We will be in the middle of personal study and she'll start crack'n up at something she read or saw.  One time she found a smiley face ex: :) at the end of a verse and she could not stop laughing.

Story time:
Probably our first or second week together she told me one morning that something odd had happened the night before.  She woke up due to a noise, and after listening for a bit asked herself, "Hna. Lance is practicing lesson 1?"  But then she looked over and saw that I was still sleeping.  I WAS SLEEP TALKING IN SPANISH!!!  And not just sleep talking, but sleep teaching.  She said that I gave all of lesson one and bore my testimony on the Libro de Mormon.  And that my Spanish was perfect.  Sadly, she didn't get a recording of it.  But for the silver lining, I'm sleep teaching in Spanish now.  Score!

But really, it's been a ride being companions with Hna. Bautista.  I've learned a lot from her in many different ways.  This transfer has gone by so fast.  I can't believe that los translados are next week again.  We'll have to see if the President keeps us together for another transfer or not.  What a cliff hanger right?