Monday, May 7, 2012

Week 24

Sadly, our two week streak of having baptisms came to an end this past week. But we have three baptisms set up for next week, which is really exciting! Ana and her two kids continue to accept everything that we teach them and are already friends with most of the members in the ward. Here's an example of how awesome they are:

So we taught them a lesson this past week about keeping the commandments, and of course they accepted everything without hesitation. After the lesson, we were just chatting a little bit with their family and the member that we had brought with us. That's when the 11-year old, Alejandro, asked me if were going to leave another chapter for them to read in the Book of Mormon. My comp and I just looked at each other like "Seriously?! This just seems too good to be true." There's usually a moment like that in every lesson with them, which always makes me excited to teach them. Anyway, we left them another chapter to read, and set up some more appointments for the upcoming week.

That same day (Saturday) was the day we started our fast, since this past weekend was fast sunday (hopefully none of you forgot cuz we almost did haha). You wouldn't believe how hard it is to fast as a missionary in a Latin-American country. All four of our appointments that night, the investigators tried to give us food and/or drinks. And most of the time, they just sneak up on you with the food, which makes it really awkward to turn it down. I guess it's just a part of the culture here to feed people that are visiting, which for the other 29 days of the month is awesome haha.

Also, the members keep telling us about how the weather cools down in May, but (so far) I strongly disagree. If anything, it seems even hotter! It's consistently in the 90s here (right now it is 95), and the lack of air conditioning makes it even worse. Almost every appointment we have, the conversation goes like this:
Investigator: "Como han estado?"
Us: "Bien, y usted?"
Investigator: "Aqui, con calor!"
Which, translated to English, means:
Investigator: "How have you been?"
Us: "Good, and you?"
Investigator: "Here, with heat!" (the literal translation sounds kinda ridiculous, but it makes sense in Spanish haha)

Ok, that's it for this week. Now you can have a very simple Spanish conversation too! You're welcome haha. Hope everyone is happy and safe. Don't forget to get something for your mom for Mother's Day too! Adios!

Elder Birt

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