Buenas tardes! Hope everyone is healthy and happy! In a change from previous weeks, I was healthy for the entire week! Well, I didn't feel that great last Tuesday, but that was just the lingering effects of last week's illness. This week has been great though! It's amazing how much better I feel when my stomach isn't rebelling against me. Thanks for all of your thoughts, prayers, and even fasts. They've definitely helped a lot.
This really shouldn't be the first item of business, but hey, it's important to me. We changed cooks! For those who don't know, we have "cooks," who we pay for lunch every day of the week. Before, it was with this really cool member family, but they moved this past week. So we talked with one of our investigators, who happens to own a restaurant a couple blocks from our house (I'm not gonna lie, that played a big role in our decision of who our next cook would be). She accepted, and we ate there five times last week. And I'm pretty sure we now have one of the best cooks in the mission :) Not that the food was bad before, but it was rice and beans EVERY SINGLE DAY and that might have been part of the sickness problems I've had. I guess we'll find out in the next couple weeks, but in the meantime, I'm gonna enjoy some awesome lunches every day! :)
Investigator update! Our top investigator, a 16-year old named Jessica, didn't come to church yesterday. We're starting to think she only likes the youth activities because she's gone to those three times and only gone to church once. But she has accepted a baptismal date. Somehow, we just have to help her recognize the importance of church attendance and after two more Sundays, we can have the baptism. One of our other investigators is a very interesting guy named Antonio. He's about 50 years old, and lives alone in a house on the same street as us. He's very uneducated and has some memory difficulties, so it's been a challenge teaching him. We ask him a bunch of questions during lessons to make sure if he understands what we're saying. And we've had mixed results. We've simplified our lessons to the bare essentials, and even started teaching him with the help of pictures. In a way, it's like we're teaching a child the gospel. But the one amazing thing is that he loves church! He's come twice now, and says he wants to get baptized. So we've planned his baptism for August 4th! Also, there are three other investigators that are relatives of the Cisnado family, recent converts who help us a ton. It's just a temporary thing, but they've come to church twice now, and we're hoping to have their baptisms on August 11th. They're still a little unsure, but the Cisnado family is helping them every day, so I feel pretty good about it.
Ok, so we played soccer this morning (as usual), but there was a guy there today who plays for Olimpia's junior team (Olimpia is the best team in the Honduran soccer league). I've seen some pretty good soccer players here, but this guy was on a whole other level. There were times when he would take on all six guys of the opposing team, and still score. Luckily, I was on his team and, needless to say, we won. Also, someone found a basketball, and I had a chance to dominate for a while. It's not saying much though since all the Latins have never played basketball, and only one other gringo was any good. Still fun though haha.
Ok, I wrote way too much today, and don't have time to do anything else for P-day. But I have to include some shout-outs for those who sent letters last week. Thanks to Tyler, Gram, Michael, and Kimber for your excellent letters! They cheered me up after a tough week of disappointment and sickness. Bueno, gracias a todos! Que les vaya bien! Adios!