Monday, February 24, 2014

…. and everything in between

Hola a mi hermosa familia y amigos,

Another good week has flown by. This week was back to the division life. Now that our district leaders are gone we are actually doing divisions again. We did them once with the zone leaders and once with Elder Jensen this week. I like divisions, it helps you learn a lot as you see how other people teach and study. Basically both our zone leaders are lazy butts so I pretty much taught one of them how to work. haha Divisions with Elder Jensen was also really good we found lots of connections. He played tennis for TimpView (2 doubles) the year they won state. So I watched his match, if only I would have known haha. Also his super good friend is the sister of a kid I went to Tonga with. So that was fun. 

Everybody and their dog here wants me to teach them English. One lady contacted me on the street and said if she doesn't learn English, she would never find a job. I said ok I will teach you, but only if we can share a message first. I am not patient enough to teach English though. I don't know this lady is kinda crazy though she keeps calling me her handsome baby. She thought I was like 25-26 but I told her I was 18 and she still doesn't believe me. She also told me I must have a really great mom to let her baby come to Mexico City by himself for 2 years. haha. . ya she's weird. 

We also have another crazy investigator lady. Its always an experience to try and teach her because she definitely doesn't live in the safest place. There are always drunk, drugged, high, and bothering us during the lessons. Kinda sketchy. One of them wanted my new bag but I was like um no. But she ended up being a little …..  pants and told my companion she doesn't want the lessons, she only wants to sin with him. Apparently she was giving him all sorts of signs in the lessons that I wasn't picking up on, but he never told me! Ah child.  She called us on Sunday crying to him about all this and he was like back off lady we're missionaries. I sent her a message that we can't talk to her anymore, but have a great life. So that was fun. 

One day this week President came to our house to inspect it. Ya I'm awesome and passed with flying colors. haha no it was good. He wants me to get a new bed bc it's kinda caving in but I thought, um no its comfy. 

We have of course been teaching lots of inactives. We taught this one lady the plan of salvation, and I'm pretty sure it was the first time she had ever heard those things. She was like wow really? Who were the Elders that baptized her. haha But it's frustrating bc I have been in this ward for 5 months and I still hear about members I don't know all the time. I think these next transfers they are dividing Carrera for 4 elders so that will help to focus on a specific part of the ward and know it a bit better. 

We had a great visit with Ofelia our investigadora. I have been so frustrated with her in the past with not keeping our commitments, not showing her faith, and lots of other things. Apparently when we were in divisions Elder Bocanegra taught her and she was saying that there is no evidence of the lamanites or nephites in the America's. So I went in and shared a pretty powerful testimony about the BOM and faith. I told her this doubts she has are not faith. There is never going to be a scripture that we can read that will give us all the answers. God has asked us to show our faith in knowing these things are true. We should always doubt our doubts before we doubt our faith. We are never going to know the truth of anything until we show our faith and our desires to receive the answers that God wants to give us. This lesson was a testament to me that when we teach the gospel, we don't need perfect elegance, we don't need to know the language perfectly or be able to answer every question, all we need to have is the spirit. At the end of the day the spirit is going to teach and bring the knowledge to the people, we as missionaries are only instruments in the hands of God to bring this spirit into their homes and hearts.  

We had a super awesome lunch with the Elda's this week. They made us bacon cheeseburgers, and fries. Then a lime cheesecake thing and strawberries and cream for dessert. So dang good. Every Thursday we eat with the Bishops wife whose food is just terrible. The Elda's said she just likes to invent things. ya um betta not. They told us to put their names for every Thursday so we don't have to eat with her anymore haha. 

So we had a pretty crazy Sunday. We had to talk in church and I gave a pretty decent talk about faith and service. At first I was like, um bishop those are 2 different things, which one? He said both. But I found ways to link them together and it ended up pretty good. Hna Lucy told me how bad my first talk was my first week (spanish wise) but how great this one was and how much my Spanish has improved. Our ward mission leader taught the Sunday school class on mission work. And made everyone give us 5 references of people they know that aren't members. We got 27 references yesterday. haha with lots more to come when people can find the addresses and what not. And. . We had a baptism! yippy ay eh cow pattie. (that's for you Julie). I gracefully submerged a very heavily makeuped daughter of God into the revitalizing waters of baptism. haha no it was the mother of a member Rubi (18 yrs old and is primary president). She has been waiting years for her mom to listen to the missionaries and get baptized so it was a really awesome experience for them both. The service was really good, we almost had as many people attend as went to church. haha She gave a really great testimony after a few minutes of silence because she was crying pretty good. It really was a true conversion that took place in her heart, and it made us so happy to see that. 

Today was a good day. We went early to the stake center in Centenario and played futbol with some of the zone. We went all out for about 2 hours so I was pretty exhausted after. We came back ate some fruit and juice (there is fresh squeezed orange juice right outside my door every day- just like Christmas morning :) ) then took a little nap. Then we met Elder Jensen and Jimenez for lunch at Panda Express then shopped at Walmart. Basically the day. 

Ok so here is my Elder Elgan wisdom for the week so listen up. Strength isn't something you have, its something God helps you find, little by little, everyday. Being here I see so many struggles in the lives of the people that 1. make me soo grateful for the life we have in Utah and the countless blessings God has given our family and 2. are always a testament to me that the people who always put God first, and rely on him for their strength seem to make it through with innumerable spiritual blessings. Boom

Once again everything at home sounds pretty good! That's too funny you guys are actually going to Moab this week. haha Some good outdoor time. Something that is just impossible for the people of Mexico City. Grandpa Elgan is 80! Well Gramps if your read this that's awesome, thanks for always being such a great example to me so that I could always have someone to look up to. Go buy yourself a sweet sports car or something and celebrate being the coolest Grandpa on the block :) 
Josh and Kayla, well you're those people now. haha. That will be an experience going to sell in Oklahoma for the summer, hope it all works out great! Mother and Father the cruise sounds awesome. I will ask for a temporary release  and will meet you guys in Venice, ok? Well hope you all have a wonderful week, love and miss you all.

Elder Elgan

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