Monday, June 25, 2012

Que dice? Como estan? It has been a few crazy weeks. My companion Elder Wyman and I still have to speak spanish, and now more than ever due to some problems with cartels not like america at the moment in other places. We are currently not allowed to go to any tourist locations or american like places (mcdonalds, walmart, mexico city tourist areas, etc.) Which means we got there just in time. It was cool to go into the city. We got to see the templo mayor, not sure the best way to translate that, but a mayan pyramid, and other cool tourist places like zocalo. This week we worked a ton with the members and we're really hoping that will pay off. Two of our investigators that were about to get baptized this sunday moved on saturday to nezahuacoyatl. That was a bummer... That seems to happen a lot. There wasn't work here and they got to the point where the only thing they had, the ward had given them and they finally had to leave. But we're working a lot more in a pueblo that hasn't had missionaries working there in a long time. A large part is because the polygamist colony is in this town (we have to be careful with that). But we found an awesome new family. The kids say they want to be baptized already and are so excited when they see us. The parents will take some more time, but really love the things we've taught them. There are a decent number of people who are really looking for the truth and are disenchanted with the catholic church right now. Diana, one of our recent converts, has an awesome conversion story. Her parents  are paying for her schooling, she's nineteen, and they told her that if she got baptized they would stop paying, they kept trying to stop her going, until one day she came home and said, mom, I got baptized, I'm going to get confirmed this sunday. Her parents got really mad and brought her to the catholic priest. He asked her to tell him why the parents had brought her and she shared her testimony and said she had gotten baptized. Rather than getting mad at her, the priest told her parents that what she had done was good, she has a testimony, and that she was doing what is right. He then asked her parents to share their testimonies and they just sat their silent. He then chastised them for not having a testimony of their church and told them to stop criticizing their daughter and to support her. It was cool. She has been regularly coming to church, and her parents are finally starting to support her in it. My comp is from san francisco, studied in BYU for two years (he started young, he is 20 right now) has 20 months in the mission. It is definitely very different to work with a gringo here. We understand the culture the other person is coming from a lot better. We still have to learn to work together, but it is cool experience to work with a guy with a more similar background. Oh, and today we cooked mexican food with a member. We're actually trying to learn how to do a bunch of things so that we can make them on our own here, and after the mission. There is some really great food here. Vaya con Dios, les amo! Elder West

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