My, have I missed Tezontepec. I had forgotten how utterly stark of a contrast there was between Tezo and Tecamac. Back towards the inner city, the people are incredibly closed and don't ever really accept us. Here in Tezo, the people are far too open! Our daily standard is 10 different contacts with people every day, but it's super hard to get that when every door you knock lets you share a lesson with them! Tezo is the land of finding a bunch and dropping a bunch, because they usually aren't there the next time we swing by for our second appointment. Fortunately, it lets us know quite quickly who really is interested in actually doing something and who just wanted to listen to a pretty message about Jesus one time and not change a single thing about their lives. That's why one of the key points of the first lesson that we explain is, "our message cannot be fully understood in one visit." There's far too much to learn in the gospel to learn it all in a half hour! So much to teach and so little time to do so!
Speaking of little time to do so, we found the best investigator this week. Well, we sort of found her. Her name is Carmen, and she's been attending church for about a year and a half. My Elder Barrios and his previous companion, however, did not know that she wasn't a member until last Sunday. She's always been so involved in everything (including teaching the gospel principles class) that the missionaries have always just thought she was a member. The only thing missing was being thrown in the water and putting her name in the computer.
So Elder Barrios and I swung by this week--various times--looking for her. In the process, we found and taught her two twenty-ish-year-old sons who are absolutely golden; super ready to receive the gospel. They already call us "Elderes" instead of "hermanos" (which we always love to hear), they have no problems with the Word of Wisdom or Law of Chastity, and one of them even went with us to an appointment to teach his aunt and uncle who lived close by. It was awesome! It wasn't until Friday when we finally found Carmen. She, too, is very ready to receive the gospel. She's been attending church for a year and a half, so she pretty much already knows everything. All we have to do is make sure that we teach all of the points of the lessons, clear up any doubts, get her a baptismal interview, and there you have it folks! Three converts all nicely and neatly wrapped up to go! The Lord works in mysterious ways, I suppose, and if that means discovering an investigator that's been attending church all this time, I'm okay with that!
In other news, I got to see one of my old converts from Presas this past week. According to her, I've lost weight, but I think it's because all of the members in Presas feed us so darn much! Those three months in Tecamac did me good! That's pretty much all I have for this week. No assaults, no gun shots, not even a whole lot of fireworks. Just some guy in the local city square preaching apostacy one evening. I wanted to grab that microphone and preach something that could actually help people, but we figured getting to our appointment was a little more important than taking him down. Oh well. Maybe next time.
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