I feel like so much stuff has happened and there's no time to tell all about it. I'm just gonna start from the beginning. Last Monday evening, we had a tri-zone activity where we watched Meet the Mormons. Just before the Movie, Sister Egbert (the Mission President's wife) came up to us and asked if President had talked to us yet. She simply said, "Okay. We have an assignment for the two of you... We love you..." Thanks, Sister Egbert for freaking us out for the entire movie. I had no idea what to expect, but Elder Hixon was like, "it's another elder. We're gonna be in a trio." Lo and behold, he was right. His name is Elder Guerra. He was having some issues with his companion, so he's with us now. He's not such a bad guy, he just needs a little bit of extra umph to get him going, and more than one person to tell him that something isn't necessarily considered polite...
I was in a trio back in the MTC as well, but it wasn't anywhere near as difficult as it is out in the field. Finding a teaching method is frickin hard when you don't know who's gonna speak next; we usually just go in a roatation. Sometimes I have something that I REALLY wanna say, but it's Elder Hixon's turn next, so I never really get the chance to squeeze it in there. Ah well, it's only for the next 3 weeks, so everything will come out just fine. In 3 weeks, I'll be back in just a duo, and I'll have twice as many doors to knock on when I acquire the sisters' area! I hope they find some really good investigators beforehand... We'll see.
I've begun to lose faith in the Spanish humanity. Nobody will ever go to church! We still have Paola (she's super frickin awesome) who went with us to Stake Conference this Sunday, but we moved her baptismal date to the 28th of March (happy birthday, Wil) so we have time to teach her everything she needs to know before then. So yeah, she's still the investigator of the week.
For the adventure of the week, we were going to go to Teotihuacan (big Aztec temples in the mission), but it's super far away and we couldn't find a member to take us. I figure I still have two more years to be able to go there, so I can wait. Anyways, the adventure of this week has simply become the awesome story of the week, and it deals with the jiggly substance we all know and love, Jello. We get gelatin a lot out here, but it's rarely in the softer squishier form of Jello. This week was one of those rare occasions, and when the sister handed it to us, we picked up our spoons and just whacked it while it jiggled. Oh my dang, it was hilarious! I swear, I've been out here waaaaaay too long because it was just so funny! Then I told Elder Hixon about how I always used to eat Jello with a straw as a kid. The 16-year-old son heard me saw that, so he brought us some more Jello with a side of straws!!! SO FUN! Ugh. I can't wait to see what I find hilarious in two years. It was the best laugh I've had in a LONG time.
President Egbert sent out an email last week giving a mission-wide challenge to start the Book of Mormon over again, and, reading 11 pages every day, we'll finish it by the end of April. It's actually been an awesome experience thus far; I'm in 2nd Nephi, so it's gotten a little tough, but I pushed through the Isaiah chapters once in Spanish (right before he had us start over -_-), so I can do it again! I had never even thought about it like that before; 11 pages a day really isn't all that much; it takes me like half an hour (reading them in Spanish), and I'll be done by the end of April. That seems so far away but so close at the same time... Anyways, that's the challenge I'm gonna issue this week. I'm not gonna tell you to start over like President told us, but wherever you are, make it a goal to finish it by the end of April (a little less than two months). Just reading 11 pages a day will get you at least close (I don't remember how many pages it is in English), but it really has been an awesome experience thus far. The best way I could ever have thought to start my day.
It's been a long week just because of the whole trio thing, but I'm sure next week will get better, and I'll be home in no time. Until then, I'll make the most of it, and as always, iré y haré.
Q&A with Elder Groesbeck (questions made by Rich Stone)
1. Do you have a favorite preparation day activity?
We haven't gotten to do it until today, but I absolutely loved my quick nap today. We've been so busy the past couple of weeks on P day that it was super nice to just be able to relax for about an hour.
2. How helpful would you say seminary scripture mastery has been on the mission?
Seminary scripture mastery was the BEST. It's a little hard to recognize some of the scriptures in Spanish, but once I do and remember where they are, I mark them down. They're the easiest things to bust out when we're not sure what to teach the members during the food every day.
3. Have you gotten to use your musical skills?
Yeah, I play the piano every other time we have a Zone Meeting. Elder Hixon just so happens to be the other missionary in our zone who can play the piano as well...
4. Hardest Spanish word for you to pronounce?
I haven't had a whole lot of trouble lately, but words with double r's were pretty tough for a while; el Reino Terrestre (Terrestrial Kingdom) was killer for a while, but I'm starting to get it down.
5. Is it customary to ring a doorbell, knock the door, clap, or do something else to get the attention of people in the house?
If they have a timbre (doorbell), you ring that, which 9 times out of 10 just makes a loud buzzing sound, but if they don't have one, we whip out a key, find a metal spot, and knock loud on the gate.
6. Is there a part of the day - or certain activity - when you feel the spirit the most?
There are really just those occasional lessons where, for whatver reason, the Spirit is just like, "YES! It's all true!!!"
7. What foods do the American missionaries have to avoid?
There haven't been any foods that Elder Hixon and I have had to avoid... It's really just the water that nobody can drink.
8. Are there one or two pre-mission activities or habits that you feel were very effective in preparing you for the field?
Learning how to cook and clean are the best skills you can ever ask for in the mission field... and that you can ask for in your companion.
9. Do you enjoy answering these questions?
Yeah, they give the emailing a unique twist on the week... when I have time to answer them.
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