This week was pretty dope. I actually have some legit lessons to tell you about, but first I'll share some other things. If you don't think the #seclife is pesado, let me tell you. Tuesday all day we were super busy until around 11:30 at night preparing for two multi zone conferences happening on Wednesday and Thursday. We were out for 11 hours Wednesday and 11 hours Thursday running around preparing for the conferences and then attending the conferences and then cleaning up after the conferences. Friday we had a meeting at 9am, then went straight out of the meeting to immigration. We then went back to the offices and had another meeting for a few hours, missed the comida (lunch)...by this time it's 5 already and we have to start preparing for the next meeting on Tuesday. Then we had to go back to immigration again. That's just an example of what my week is like.
Friday afternoon we needed to go back to immigration because you can only do certain things during certain times. We got stood up because I forgot my green card. That was pretty miserable but we will just go again sometime this week. Anyway, we get in the taxi to go home when Elder Bennion gets a call. He starts speaking in English which was a little weird but not really, and then his jaw just drops. I am trying to hear what he's saying but I cant so I give up and wait for him to finish. He finally gets off the phone and just looks at me for a minute and says "some guy in the Lomas Ward (English speaking ward) just got shot". I could not believe this just happened. He was robbed and they shot him. He's all okay and no problems now, but it made me think about perhaps how close I was to that, and it kinda makes you think about how good you are with God. Have I done enough? Am I good right now? Just makes you think a bit. I invite you all to think as well....if you went right now, would you be okay??
On to a happier note, I bought a rubiks cube this week. I can now say that I know how to solve a 2x2 and a 3x3 rubiks cube.
I MADE CINNAMON ROLLS. I almost blew up the house turning on the oven. The oven is a gas oven. To turn it on you have to press the clicker to light it but it wasn't lighting. Elder Bennion had this great idea to light a paper towel on fire and use it as a match. I get the gas going in the stove and we light the paper towel, and he puts it near the opening in the oven and BOOM it lights and a flame shoots out of the oven. I almost had to part ways with my eyebrows, but the cinnamon rolls turned out great so I say it was definitely worth it
One night this week we get to our house around 10:30pm after a late night in the offices. We went to open the lock on the gate to get in and it was locked. There's an inner door, and the only way to lock and unlock it is from the inside until the electric number button system thing is installed. Anyway, we got a new neighbor and her first night there she decided to put the bolt on so we can't get in. I start slamming on the door in the hopes that she will hear but no one answers. I call president and explain the situation and he says to call the dueno. Elder Bennion calls the dueno and he says he's going to call the neighbor. While this is all going down she finally answers the door. Turns out she didn't even hear the phone because it was off....she just got sick of hearing us bang on the door. She lets us in her house and we trade phone numbers so it doesn't happen again. We learn that she is Jewish...she's super legit and nice and we're friends now.
Most of the rich people around where we live are Jewish. Our chapel used to be owned by some Jewish people....until the church bought it.
the view from the roof
I'm pretty sure I mentioned Hortencia last week. Anyway, because of all our meetings we couldn't visit her after Monday, so Saturday night we decided to go back to try and visit a bit. She said she was sorry but that she couldn't receive us. She told us that her yerno doesn't like us, but that we should come back next week! We persisted with no luck. We said our goodbyes and that we would see her at church tomorrow! So, we went off to find more people. We search for a few houses and keep getting lost and finally find a member on the street who tells us the person we're looking for lives like 5 HOUSES DOWN FROM HORTENCIA. So, we go visit them (they're members....just wanted a nice member lesson). We knock on the door, walk in, and the first thing that is said to us is "I'm bad. Can you give me a blessing?" and so first thing we give a blessing. I thought it was crazy we showed up in that moment when this sister needed a blessing. BUT it gets crazier. As we begin to talk with the family and see how they are we are interrupted by a--knock knock knock on the door. They open, and IT'S HORTENCIA. HORTENCIA CAME TO THE HOUSE WE WERE AT AND DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WE WERE THERE. If you don't think that God's hand was in this I don't know what to tell you. She decided to stop by to bring the sick hermana some fruit. We jumped on it and were like "hey just stay a little while while we share something!" And she said yes! We were able to have a lesson with her and it was just so amazing that God put her right there so that we could talk with her more. Have the faith people. Miracles exist.
We had a lesson with a Japanese lady yesterday in THREE different languages. We left the English ward early because a sister asked us to come to the comida early. We sit down to eat and the Bishop of the English ward calls. Elder Bennion asks me if I remember those Japanese girls that were at church today. The bishop told Elder Bennion that one of them isn't a member and wants us to teach her more right now. We book it back to the capilla for this lesson. We find her and have a lesson with her in the kitchen. We start speaking in English. Her friend that brought her speaks Japanese and some English and no Spanish. We eventually ask the lady if she feels more comfortable in Spanish or English, and she was like "you guys speak spanish?" We then started speaking in Spanish and she translated what we said into Japanese for her friend. She had no concept of God or Jesus Christ. It was completely different and so difficult to teach her but she craved knowledge. It was so great. She told us she was going to study up and we're going to meet again in two weeks. I'm pretty stoked. I love the new experiences I'm having here and that I can just help people. I'm not even talking about just baptizing people, but just helping them in their life to feel more happiness....just like I know I've gained from the gospel and from having Christ in my life. It's so crazy when I look back and see the difference between the dark and the light that consumed and then illuminated my life as I transitioned from making bad to good choices. Hopefully all of you can see those things too, the difference in our lives when we're trying to be good and better and the best choices, and really focus on what matters. I think having an eternal perspective, seeing beyond this life and the things of this world is when we really see true happiness in our own lives.
Love you guys lots, I hope you miss me as much as I miss ya'll. I appreciate all of you who still email me!! It's nice to hear how things are every week. Remember: the church is true, Jesus saved us, and he's the key to our happiness.
Mexico is legit. Love you guys, cuidense, hasta la proxima semana
The Elder Jones