April 25, 2011
Mexicans don't really ever eat chocolate. Mexican candy is interesting--it's like a lollipop or a Jolly Rancher, but always with chile powder on the outside. But they don't really associate Easter with candy like we do. We didn't sing either of the Easter hymns (not like it would have sounded nice anyways...like I said before, music was NOT God's gift to the Mexicans).
April 25, 2011
Happy Easter! Everything is amazing as usual here in the #1 mission worldwide. Being in San Clemente has definitely taken the edge off summer. I feel bad for the last district leader who I replaced here...he got put in my old area in Escondido. Easter was great (it was a lot easier to get people to come to church on Easter Sunday, of course). Celebrating Easter Mexican-style has been fun. There are a lot of Catholic traditions involved, and for a month beforehand they aren't allowed to eat meat (some of the people we talk to on the street are completely convinced that Jesus says in the Bible not to eat meat a month before Easter). Of course, this means that the traditional Mexican Easter meal is . . . . fish or shrimp (or both). And not just Easter dinner...it is also the entree every night in the month leading up to Easter. Needless to say, I have had to quickly shed my refusal to eat seafood. I won't say I like it, but I will admit that eating seafood at least isn't an unpleasant experience anymore (I actually had fish yesterday that was very good). With that said, I am very much looking forward to my next carne asada.
We have had an amazing week. We have been really focusing on working with the members more, and we have seen real success. Last Saturday, we shared a message with a sister in our ward and asked her who she knows that we could teach. She told us about one of her friends, who has before told her that he wants to meet with us. So we innocently suggested, "Well, we could meet him here at your house next Wednesday and we could cook a dinner for all of us." So she agreed, except that she would cook the dinner (I've learned how to get people to cook for us: tell the members/investigators that you want to cook for them, and they invariably say, 'No, we will cook for you. Just come hungry.' Never fails!). So when her friend showed up on Wednesday, he brought two of his friends! They are a couple who have had problems in the past but now want to strengthen their family and are looking for a church. Of course, we were more than happy to help them out. And the wife came to church on Sunday!!! (the husband was working).
We have been having success with other families too. One family in our ward told us that every Tuesday night they will cook us dinner and that we are welcome to bring investigators to eat and then teach them in their house after (awesome). And tonight we are having a family home evening with a family in our ward and their friend, who we committed them to invite to meet with us in a previous visit. And when we're not with members, we have been going crazy with talking to everyone on the street. We have been exhausted every night, but it has been so much fun and so productive.
Well, that's all for now. I will let you know how the conference with Elder Perry went next week!