My week has actually been pretty good. Everything has been better since the companion switch, although we still had a few problems with Elder John Doe having his phone. Everything appears to be sorted out at this point, so we're just trying to finish up our time here at the MTC strong. Elder Manriquez showed me this epic way to mark scriptures for teaching that involves all of the scripture passages in the sections of Chapter 3 in Preach My Gospel, dividing your scriptures into 8 sections (4 on top and 4 on the bottom), and 5 colors of highlighting/sticky note markers (the little see-through ones that you can find at OfficeMax). If anyone wants to know more in-depth how to do it, you're more than welcome to send me an email, and I'll send pictures. I feel like it's gonna help a lot when I need to find scriptures to teach people out in the field. I'm almost done, too; only 1 of the 8 sections to go... in my Book of Mormon. I still need to mark up my Bible.
In terms of all of the teaching we're doing, everything is going great. I was teaching Elder Gallardo this morning about the Plan of Salvation and eternal families, and he was really disappointed when we had to stop and switch partners! Everyone loves how excited I get when I teach them anything. I've come to absolutely love conveying my knowledge of the gospel and the joy that comes with it.
Yesterday, all of our companionships did a huge practice where we taught someone from the district; they gave us a brief profile, and we then pretended it was a tracting contact. My companion and I began teaching, and everything was going amazing. We were "getting to know" our "investigator" and asking all kinds of awesome questions and just really getting into it. Then Elder Efigenio turned to me, and I began to tell the Joseph Smith story. Immediately, a palpable spirit settled in the room, and it was an amazing change. I was just about to recite the first vision that I had memorized (when I say "recite", I still put tons of feeling into it, and it invokes an amazing spirit when the timing is right) when Hermano Lloyd (our teacher) came back into the room, signaling that it was time to switch. Elder Gallardo (who we were teaching) was like, "Hermano Lloyd... can they finish teaching me?" He's a missionary, and he wanted us to continue teaching him the Restoration message! It was a proud moment for Elder Efigenio and me.
I still love the spirit here, and it continues to get stronger every day. I can only hope that it's this powerful in the field. I leave Monday morning at 3, so I'll be in Mexico in just over a day.
Irè y harè.
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