Friday, November 22, 2013

My First Baptisms

November 4, 2013

Buenas Tardes Todo!
It was such a crazy week this week! seeing President Crickmore two times this week and four baptisms and a special change in our district! Where to start, where to start! It was a full week so I'll play this day by day.
Monday: Last Monday for P-day we went up on to a mountain that over looks 2 zones in our misión! the first part of the mountain we were on Had a view of the zona (o estaca) Ixtacapaluca and it was   cool to see that!
we were up there with a bunch of elders and one was going home the next day. Something weird that the missionaries do here is at 6 months you burn a tie, at the year mark - a shirt, and at the end of your two years if you have a second suit that is super worn out - the suit and a shirt. The Elder bought a cheap suit from Wal-Mart a few years ago and he wore that so that his suit that he brought was still good and looking new for his trip home! so we were up on the mountain and he set fire to his suit and someone asked him "Elder Jones what advise do you have for us who still have time?" and I absolutely loved his response. He said " Live it up! You only get two years out here, make the most of it! this is the best thing you could be doing right now--- Its the only thing you should be doing!" it was great! then that night after our district meeting our zone got together and took pictures with everyone who was being transferred or going home!
Tuesday : was transfers, but because Elder Gomez and I were not part of the changes we were in our área working! That night we had the baptism interviews for the family that we have been teaching. When they were done with the interviews we had dinner with the Bishop and two new Elder that was in a trio in our Ward. The two new Elders both are from El Salvador! it was so cool.
Thursday went by quickly. That night I was taken back to our area by one of our zone leaders and let me say he is one of the coolest guys that I know! He has so much love for all of the missionaries.
There is another family we started teaching last week that we did teaching with divisions from the zone, the Ward Mission Leaders, and some of the Priesthood leaders. After that we did divisions with the other part of independencia!
Friday was a tougher day. Three of the lessons did not go great. One investigator was not interested in listening to what we were saying. The next one we were teaching a less active member about the Book Of Mormon and we did not get the impression she wanted us there. We could tell she was struggling with her testimony of the Book of Mormon, it was really sad. The last lesson was the worst. so the elders I was with were Elder Olivos and Elder Jimmenez (one of the 2 new missionaries in our area. We were teaching one of their investigators who told us the things we were teaching him did not bring happiness in his life and he did not want to learn from the missionaries any more. He barley let us finish our prayer before he got up and left the was a hard day.
Saturday was the day we were ending our divisions with Eder Olivos and  Elder Jimenez. As these two Elders and Elder Gomez and I we told Elder Gomez about our previous day, it made me feel a little better. At 5:30 we went to the church for the baptisms and we got there and Elder Olivos said before you go change you need to see something. He took me into one of the classrooms and all his stuff was there, so now there are two completely new sets of Elders in Independencia 2.
The baptisms went great and just as I was going into the font President Crickmore showed up! It was a great meeting, I loved so much being able to baptize my first new members. To top the night off President bought us McDonalds for dinner!
Sunday was Fast Sunday and Elder Gomez and I fasted for success in Independencia 2 and for the New elders to learn the area quickly! Elder Gomez has to go to the stake every Sunday because he is our District LEader and he has to report the numbers for the zone so all is well!
As of right now we do not have any progressing investigators, pray for us to be able to reach them and pray for new investigators to have their hearts softened.
The weirdest thing that I ate this week was cow stomach and the intestines of a chicken!
All is well!
I love you all and miss you all!

Elder Darcy

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