This week was sick! Like, literally... I was sick for pretty much the whole week. It was pretty aweful in terms of our numbers, but I thought we had some pretty good lessons in there. There was actually one night when I woke up at like 12:30 and just went to the window to put my head against it. I realized after about 2 minutes that all of my thoughts had been in Spanish. I then quickly realized that in the dream I was having, we were teaching a lesson, and it was all in Spanish! I've officially had my first Spanish dream! Yesssss!
It's still really hard to work in a trio, but we're figuring it out bit by bit. Elder Guerra does some really weird stuff in lessons that just make me think, "what in the flip are you doing/saying!?" But I won't go into detail on that...
It has rained literally every single day this week. It started Monday right after I wrote my post last week, and it's been like crossing rivers every time we've gone out to work. It actually started hailing last Monday as well; In the picture I'll be sending, all of those little white spots on the road are chunks of hail. I've leraned a new phrase in Spanish, though, that makes absolutely no sense. Every time we've left this week, I've brought my umbrela "por si las moscas" which translated directly means "for if the flies", but it means "just in case". Like I said, it makes no sense.
We also heard this truck go by earlier this week that was selling oranges. They were selling bags of 50 oranges for 35 pesos. It's 15 pesos to the dollar, so that's like 50 oranges for $2.33! That's insane! People buy oranges and then give them all to us because they're so dirt cheap, and we usually just end up throwing them out because we have so many! I know it's a waist of food, but we seriously have no clue what to do with them.
My spiritual experience of the week came in the form of the simplest but most powerful lesson I've ever had. We visited a less active family, and all we did was have a testimony meeting. By the end of it, everyone was crying, and it was awesome. And so my spiritual thought is this: Don't ever underestimate the power of a testimony. Sometimes it's something so simple that can touch people's hearts deepest of all. It's the little things like that that have slowly but surely built my testimony into what it is, and I will continue to build it out here in Mexico. Iré y haré.
Q&A with Elder Groesbeck questions by Alan and LaNice Groesbeck (his aunt and uncle)
1. Do you have a maid? If so, what does she do and how much do you pay her and is she a member?
Please, ain't nobody got money for no maid! We clean the place ourselves and it only takes us like 45 minutes Monday morning.
2. If you have to do your own cooking, what is your favorite thing to cook? Are you learning how to make "authentic" Mexican food?
The 4-cheese quesadilla is a classic, and of course there's always a good grilled cheese... and that's pretty much all we make.
3. When (and if) you get discouraged, what picks you up and keeps you going? Favorite scripture for this?
Whenever I get down, the best cure is some good 'ol work. The only reason I ever get discouraged is if we can't find anyone to teach, so it makes sense that we should just keep working to find someone to teach and everything will get better. I always feel pretty great after a lesson, so I always just keep that in mind.
4.What is the closest temple to your mission? How far is it?
The Mexico City temple is the closest one, but it's closed. It's also outside of our mission, so we wouldn't be able to go to it anyways. The next closest is like a 6 or 7 our bus ride away.
5. Do the members enjoy doing family history to take names to the temple? How hard is it to do Mexican family history?
They're actually doing a temple trip this Friday/Saturday, but I have absolutely no idea how hard or easy it is to do Mexican Family History... I haven't had to do it
6 What is the member activity rate there?
It seems like there are a ton of inactive people, but I'm not really sure what the percentage is. We knocked on this one door a few weeks ago and found an inactive family that had lived in that house for like 15 years and had never told anyone they were there. I figure if we just introduce them to some members, they can be reactivated.
7. Do you have many missionaries preparing to serve from your area?
We have one joven in our Ward who's filling out his papers right now (he just turned 18), but apparently there are like 20-something serving from the stake.
8. Do you have a senior couples serving in your area?
Yes, we do have Senior Couples, but the only place I ever see them is in the mission offices. I don't know what else they normally do.
9. What has been your favorite day so far?
I haven't really had a favorite day, but I have had favorite lessons. For example, don't ever underestimate the power of a small testimony meeting with a less active family. SUPER powerful. If that family doesn't get reactivated, I don't know what will.
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