This week has been pretty neat. Filipa (Emily's mother) officially accepted her baptismal date... for this coming weekend! :D We have so much to do and no time to do it to plan. Our ward mission leader left for Mexico City like two weeks ago and still hasn't come back, so once again, we have to plan everything for the baptism. Fortunately, there aren't as many things we have to teach Filipa this week as there were for Emily in the week before her baptism.
In other news, I had two more people try to kiss me (on the cheek) yesterday, and one of them was a member! She was like 9 years old, but still. Fortunately, I was able to daftly avoid her sinful lips as I explained that we don't do that as missionaries. The other was the daughter in a family of investigators. We met her for the first time yesterday, and we were already sitting on the couch when she walked in. She shook my hand and then leaned in, but having experienced it earlier that day, I leaned back a bit and quickly explained that we can't do that as missionaries... right has her cheek hit mine. I've had it happen to me plenty of times before, but this time, I failed! I was on the couch and couldn't lean back any further! It's not my fault!
It's officially week 11 of 12 in Elder Gonzalez's training. The best thing about week 11 is that he has to take the initiative in every teaching an planning situation for the week. I feel like I don't have to do anything! I'll just be following him the whole time. Whatever he wants to teach, I follow and testify. I feel so... unneeded... Ah well, I guess that's the point of having children. After a while, they have to spread their wings and fly without you. *sniffle* it's so beautiful :')
Changes are coming up in about 2 weeks, and I'm actually REALLY scared Elder Gonzalez is going to get changed, and I'm going to be stuck here in Valle Dorado for another cycle. It's not that Valle Dorado is bad (we're actually getting some pretty good progress with some investigators); I just need a change of scenery. and investigators... But if the Lord needs me to stay here, I s'pose I'll stay and keep working. No matter where I'm needed for changes, iré y haré.
Q&A with Elder Groesbeck (questions by Mark and Karene Groesbeck)
Did someone really ask Elder Bednar where the sword of Laban was?
That was his example of a bad question to ask. I don't know if he's actually been asked that before.
Have you learned any good salsa recipes (or salsa dances)?
No. And an even more fervent no.
What are 3 important qualities that missionaries should have?
Humildad, paciencia, y diligencia
Now that you have been out for six months, what's something you wish you could go back and tell your pre-missionary self?
Woah, hold on, now. I don't turn 6 months until the middle of next week! I would call myself a frito for not doing all of the things I should have to prepare for my mission.
Do you have any funny stories you haven’t shared? If you do, please tell.
I have a few stories from this week that I'll actually be sharing in the blog post. I normally share the funny stories that would make sense to everyone. Elder Gonzalez and I have a list of jokes we have between ourselves, but they really wouldn't make any sense to anyone else.
Do you have any missionary rituals/games with your companions? (i.e. like when you knock on doors)
It's actually pretty funny when people straight up lie to us and we make them feel dumb. For example: "Oh, you live by yourself in this house with two stories?"
or "No, I'm here alone and I don't have the keys to open the front gate." *two seconds later* "Hey, Rodolfo, are you gonna come eat?"
Do you have any goals that you'd like to share?
Keep working and wait for more miracles.
Are you getting fat or skinny?
I think I'm about the same when it comes to fat, but due to the fact that I've never really done exercises in my life, I think I've put on a bit of muscle.
What's your favorite Elder L. Tom Perry memory?
"If you don't keep raising the bar, how will you ever know your potential?"
We are in Rome right now. Do you want us to send you any holy water from the Vatican?
That's okay. I already know how to make holy water. All you have to do is boil the Hell out of it :D
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