I don't know who stopped praying for us, but you really need to start again. This week was just plain awful... in terms of numbers anyway. Appointment after appointment fell through this week, and my new companion Elder Davis and I were left to contact for (some days) 4 hours with no success. Every door we knocked on was either not home, someone with whom we put a return appointment and wasn't home, or straight up rejected us. I found some of the rudest people I've met in my almost one year here in the mission. I must be honest, I got pretty darn frustrated. I felt like Elder Calhoun from The Best Two Years: "We knock and we knock and we knock, and door after door after door slammed in our faces. And then this one door... nothin'"
In terms of my contacting abilities, I feel like I'm a lot more comfortable contacting now; when appointments fell through, we got pretty good at just knocking on some of the doors closeby. Like I said, we didn't have any success (yet), but we keep going. We'll see what happens this week. Hopefully it's a much more successful week than the last one.
My new companion is Elder Davis from Utah. He's my second white companion (my trainer was the only other), and he's super quiet. Before Elder Grajales had changes, he was saying that there haven't been two white guys together here in Venta de Carpio like ever, and that we would probably get killed if that happened. Well... we'll see how it goes.
Obviously, we haven't been killed yet, but we thought for a minute yesterday that we were going to get mugged; we were going up the same bridged where Elder Grajales and I got mugged the last time, and this guy comes up from the side with his hands spread wide saying that he wasn't going to rob us. Pretty big red flag right there, so we kept our guard up. I didn't really understand all of the slang he was using, but I'm pretty sure he asked for 10 pesos so he could buy some drugs. I didn't really care about the purpose; I was certainly not going to give this man any money. He walked up to quiet Elder Davis first, and he had no idea how to respond to him. I told him we didn't carry money with us at night and that we needed to get going, but he held a pretty firm grip on our bikes. Elder Davis told me afterwards that he got a little bit scared, but I figured it was two against one, he didn't have any sort of weapon, and I had my bike helmet on, ready to headbutt him pretty darn hard if he tried to do anything. Fortunately, a family walked passed us and up the bridge, and figuring he couldn't make a scene with them there, let us go. I feel like I may have started a tradition of having us white folk get at least close to robbed in our first week here in Venta de Carpio.
And that's pretty much all that's happened this week. We had the Tijuana temple dedication yesterday, and I have to say that the Mexicans that live closer to the boarder are much better singers than those in the heart of Mexico. In the choir they had, there were all kinds of awesome harmonies going on, and it was really really nice to hear hymns in Spanish that weren't sung by tone deaf people. If you doubt it, come down to Mexico and go to any church meeting. Elder Hall (one of the newer missionaries) said that it sincerely scared him the first time he heard it...
And that's pretty much everything going down here in Tecamac right now. We're gonna keep working and see what happens this coming week. Iré y haré.
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