July 19, 2011
Yesterday we taught a first lesson to a mom who, we found out after sitting down, let us set up an appointment because she thought we were Catholic....turned out to be a pretty good lesson by the end though.
I don't even know where to start with this week. So, late last week we went to teach a recent convert, who told us that she had been talking to her neighbor Lucy, who was asking a lot of questions about our Church. Her 10-year-old daughter is really good friends with the recent convert's kids, and has been to Church before. She told us to go talk to Lucy and so we went and set up an appointment with her. We have met with her 5 or 6 times since then. She is such an amazing person. She said that she has been wanting to get closer to God lately but doesn't really consider herself part of any religion.
So, we taught her the first lesson and she said she wanted to come to Church, but that she had to work. We asked her to pray every night for the next couple days, and then on Wednesday (the next time she would see her boss) to ask for work off. She did, and even though he said he probably couldn't get her this Sunday off, that he would try. The next time we saw her, she announced happily, "I got Sunday off!" It was incredible. She definitely taught us a lesson about faith to overcome any obstacle. She loved Church, and she and her 10-year-old daughter now both have baptismal dates and are preparing to get baptized!
On Friday, we worked with the other elders and sisters in our ward to organize a Church tour so our investigators could get to know the chapel before Sunday. It was great! We invited all the members to bring friends and we brought investigators, and it was so spiritual. It really made a difference! On Sunday we had twice as many investigators at Church as we had the first four weeks of the transfer combined! It is amazing how strong the Spirit can be felt at the Church buildings. It makes such a difference for investigators to be taught in the Church building or at a member's house.
Elder Kidd and I are really working on perfecting our Spanish. We are trying hard to lose our accents and sound like Mexicans. Here is a tip: if you want to sound Mexican when you speak Spanish, whenever someone asks you "Hey, cómo estás?" (How are you?), you always answer in one of the following ways (or something similar).
- Aquí, no más. (Just here).
- Aquí, mire. (Here, look).
- Aquí, cuidando los niños (Here, taking care of my kids).
- Aquí, echando la panza (Here, getting fat.....a phrase that means that they are just resting).
- Aquí, parado (Here, standing).
- Aquí, sentadito (Here, sitting).
It seems that, in Mexico, when you ask someone how they are, they interpret that as you asking what they are doing. As we have been trying to find ways to sound more and more native (especially more and more Mexican), we have tried to implement these ideas when we talk to people on the street. When they ask us, "Cómo estás?" we try to say something like, "Aquí, proclamando el Evangelio" (Here, proclaiming the Gospel) or "Aquí, bautizando" (Here, baptizing). It's super fun.