This week was actually pretty neat. We got the 40 lesson goal again, and we were able to serve a ton of people. We found a less-active youth that actually really likes to come out with the missionaries, and when we bring a less-active with us, every lesson with investigators counts as double. He came out with us twice this week, so we hit the goal rather easily.
I must admit, though, Saturday) was a little rough. I've never in my life faced so much rejection from people; "No, that doesn't interest me," "I already know what your message is," "I don't agree with a lot of your beliefs," etc. I was starting to get a little downhearted towards the end, until we knocked on this one door in the middle of some dirt road in our area. A girl about 9 or 10 came out asking who we were, so we told her and she ran for her father. Her father came out and said he already knew a lot about what we shared. I asked if we could answer any questions he had at that moment, but he said they were busy doing something in the kitchen. We then asked the classic question, "Oh, can we help you with anything?" Upon responding with a firm no, his daughter looked at him and simply said, "awwww..." because she clearly wanted help. Although this was another rejection, I couldn't help but laugh and have my spirits lifted by this little girl.
Then we knocked on the next door. A rather muscular and intimidating-looking man answered the door, and with an unusually warm smile on his face, he said, "buenas tardes, ¿cómo están?" We responded with "bien" and proceeded to tell him that we were missionaries. We didn't even have time to say that we share a message of Jesus Christ before he invited us inside. Upon walking through his front yard, we met his brother and niece, and we asked them if they have ever spoken with missionaries before. "Oh," he said. "We're all members here." Needless to say, I felt like a moron. In my defense, they had been less active for a little while, but still.
Anyways, the entire family was really nice (some of the nicest people I've ever met, actually), and they've officially been added to the list of the people who are absolutely amazed by my Spanish abilities having so little time in the mission. Once again, I attributed it to the fact that I pray for the gift of tongues every night.
This evening, we're taking care of two of the new missionaries, and we'll be doing divisions for Elder Gonzalez's first time (I'm so proud :') ). I'm rather excited, but nervous at the same time, because I'll be going to a few do-or-die lessons with a new missionary who doesn't know anything about the situation. This will be an evening filled with following the spirit to know what it wants me to say to our investigators. If there's anything I've learned from my time out here in the mission field, it's that following the spirit is the only thing to missionary work. There have been a few lessons where for whatever reason, I wasn't feeling the Spirit, and my tongue was completely bound; my Spanish just wouldn't come out. I'm sincerely hoping that doesn't happen tonight. Either way, iré y haré.
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