I unfortnately am beginning to lose faith in the people here in Mexico (again). Sometimes I just really wish I could take people's agency from them because I could use it so much better than they can, especially when it comes to the Sabbath Day. We have so many investigators that are so receptive and accept baptismal dates to prepare for, and none of them go to church! We had about 10 people say they would prepare for a baptismal date and go to church this past Sunday. Sunday came, and one of them was there. One. I feel like the theme of my mission will be replacing baptismal dates that fall because people don't go to church. The theme of my prayers has become "please bless _________ so he/she can find the strength/means to come to church." I guess it goes with the 10% rule of the mission: when you contact 300 people, 30 will become investigators, and 3 will be baptised. I guess we simply need to invite even more people to church, and 10% of them will show up.
On the bright side, we have a baptism this week. Her name is Damiana, and she's the coolest old lady EVER. She's about 75 years old, and she's been super receptive with the things we've been teaching her. Her granddaughter was baptized a few months ago, but no one in her family knows about it (long story), and now she's ready to be baptized as well. I just hope she can remember the stuff that we've taught her to pass the baptismal interview, but I feel that that's the least of our worries right now.
I realized this past week that my birthday is coming up (really weird thought that I'll be 21...). Seeing as how it's about a month away, I began thinking of things I could possibly want and/or need as a missionary for my birthday, and I made a simple list in case anyone needs any ideas:
1. A (nice) digital watch (I have one, but I like to accessorize)
2. Ties, preferrably with bright, happy colors
3. Letters. I always love letters.
And that's about it. I don't need socks. Please, I have plenty.
In other news from this week, President Egbert sent out his weekly letter explaining a way we can make our personal studies a lot better when we read the scriptures. To put it briefly, the Book of Mormon contains not even a hundredth part of what the prophets wrote in their registries, so Mormon took literally only the MOST important things to put in the final gold plates. Therefore, every single thing contained in the Book of Mormon is important. Sometimes the reason why requires thinking a little bit deeper, but everything has a reason for being there. I have officially set out to find out what said reasons are and how I can apply them. I'll just say that I've been in the book of Omni during my hour of personal studies for 3 days and haven't finished... It's gonna take a while to get through the Book of Mormon this way, but it'll be totally worth it!
Iré y haré,
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