And goodbye to Elder Eusebio, rest in peace good friend in your house in Chiapas. New companion this week... Elder Preciado, the newest Zone leader in Topo Chico! He's actually a former jewish two year convert with one year being a missionary and ex Guadalajaran DJ. Super excited to work with him these coming weeks and we're starting off the change pretty well.
Of course not all mission experiences are super awesome, I feel like I should mention. For example, someone I taught in Salinas Victoria who was baptized faced a lot of opposition and decided not to get confirmed (making the baptism in vain basically). Remember the man with the Bulls hat we found in Colinas? Who we gave a BoM and was super excited to get back in the Church? At least WE haven't seen or heard from him since. I think every missionary has an experience like that where they don't know what happens in the end with a person with whom we have had a very spiritual encounter. I'll tell you a really good experience that illustrates WHY I continue in diligence in missionary work. Last week we ate with one of the members of the branch and her 70ish year old Dad was there to talk with us. Hard of hearing so when we talked to him about being baptized and he said yes, it wasn't such a big event. When we came back a couple of days later, we taught much more clearly and he still accepted. At that moment, her daughter, the young women's president, gave her tearful testimony that this was the right decision. They went to Church together as a family this Sunday and report on their reading in the scriptures together. How can you not want to be a missionary.
While doing the usual Church invitations with our investigators and organizing rides, one of our progressing investigators (Gloria) told us she would rather walk with her 16 year old son (Luis). When we asked her why she replied that she enjoyed that time together because they usually talk about what is going on in their lives, questions they might have about the Church, really whatever came up in that 30 minute space. I sometimes miss having that time with my family. Inspired by her words, I invite you all to have a good quality family talk on the way to Church this week. Not exactly sure who will be involved, maybe a Mom/Daughter talk, Father/Son, Husband/Wife, Brother/Sister, could be even the whole family, but enjoy that time to prepare for the sacrament as well. Love you all and Heavenly Father loves all of us. Have a great week!