So Wow this week has been another great one. There's always so much to say, but, as far as I'm concerned that's not a bad problem to have! Haha. Let me just start by apologizing for all of the pictures im going to be trying to send haha.... ummm Hermana Perez, Porter, Dowdle and I have all been trying to take cool pictures and fun pictures and everytime without fail they just turn out plain awkward! Haha... so yeah, just try to embrace it?
We went proseltyting again and this time was also amazing, but such a different experience! We didn't end up finding our friends that invited us to come back, but we slid a note and folleto under their garage. So hopefully theyll get that:) If I learned one thing while proseltyting this week it was that the Holy Ghost really does communicate with us constantly... but many times, it really is through very small impressions and thoughts we have, they may seem insignificant at times or not like the most important thing. But in reality, they are the most important "thoughts" we can have. They aren't really our thoughts, they are promptings. I learned that the hard way. When we began proselyting, Hermana Perez and I were walking down the street, and at the 3rd house there was a man working in his garden in front of his house. I said hello to him and thought we should talk to him.... but by the time i had that thought we were a few more houses down and i just assumed that it was alright, that it would be too awkward to turn around now. I turned my head to do almost a double take and he was still watching us as I continued walking. About an hour later Hermana Perez and I weren't having much success and I was feeling a bit discouraged, it was then, at that moment, we both shared that we felt as though we should have talked to that first man. And we felt sick to our stomachs that we didn't speak up and follow that prompting! Immedidiately we ditched the spot we were at and ran 6 blocks or so until we found the house, and when we were there, we found no sign of the man or the work he was doing in his yard. We stopped right there - hearts broken, as we realized that missed opprotunity.. What would have happened if we had talked to him? I'll never know - and for that my heart was so broken.
So we prayed, and in our prayer, I promised the Lord that if He would put people in our path, we would go and talk to EVERY SINGLE ONE - and that if He would help us get to know the people and their needs, we would share all we felt inspired to share with them. After we said that prayer, we went back out and, boy, was it a great day! Immediately, one after the other, we found people, just sitting on a chiar on the sidewalk, and if you asked them what they were doing or why they were outside... they genuinely didnt know. They were just there. But, I know it was inspired and every person we talked to became so special to me. I love every single one of them so much. There was a special man, M. He was a very old man who was sitting on a chair outside of his house. Hermana Perez and I crossed the street to go talk to him and he just opened up to us. He talked with him about his family, his life, his beliefs and his personal relationship with his Father in heaven. And then we found an opprotunity to introduce the book of mormon and bear our own testimonies of it and it was so special. He was crying... it might have been from the dirt that was getting kicked up by the wind...haha, but I really do believe that it was because of The Spirit :) We got to read some of the Book of Mormon with him and get his information for the local missionaries, and we gave him all the information that he would need to go to church and call the missionaries :) He is quite a special man! Proselyting really is amazing! I'm so excited that there isnt much time left before I get to do that every day! :) And while I had a lesson to learn in the beginning, I was grateful, because it truly helped me learn how to continue tuning my ears to not just those stronger promptings, but those small whisperings as well.
Other than that the CCM is great!! The second group of latinos left and a new group arrived! We are the next group that will go out on the mission, so thats super exciting in a slightly freaky way!!!! :P
We had physical activity time yesaterday AND IT WAS POURING!!!! it was the best thing ever, like almost better than the pasta frola I get to eat every morning! Ha!
I had a little episode with some funky nerve pains in my lower back and right leg again... but in a way that was such a blessing, because I needed an extra remider to pray more than I have been! And ever since I have been praying more and more and more, my back pain has become less and less and less! Our Heavenly Father is amazing!!
OH, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST THE DULCE DE LECHE FAMINE IS OVER. There was a famine in the land of the CCM. Because the elders would take like 20 pouchees of dulce de leche each - the cooks gave us a famine for a little while! And lets just say everyone is much MUCH happier now that the famine is over and we are living in the land of plenty again! :P Haha!!
I can feel all of your prayers, thank you for them! And thank you for your emails!!! They make my day! :) And while I may not have time to respond to all of them, I do print them off and you should all have a letter comingyour way soon! :)