So many cool things that happened this week, and there's no time to waste. First, there was pretty much nothing cool about our investigators that we taught this week; not a single one of them showed up to church. Super lame, but that's the mission; we'll keep working and see how it goes.
First things first, my flashlight taser, Leticia, was broken by Elder Martinez, but this week, I had the utter pleasure to find another one that's even bigger and more powerful. I'll have lots of fun scaring dogs and killing bugs with Leticia 2.0. I call her Veronica.
I was studying in the Book of Mormon this week, and there was a part that really called to me. It's in the book of Mosiah, and it said that the Lamanites fought like lions for their prey against the people of Limhi. But then it says that the people of Limhi fought for their wives, their children, and their families, and they did combat like dragons. I decided to dedicate a few minutes to these particular verses... and draw them. I felt like it would have been the coolest battle ever to watch.
I don't remember if I mentioned this, but I've started studying the Book of Mormon in Chinese. I figure I've got Spanish down pretty well, so it's time to move on. Unfortunately, I don't have any sort of dictionary to tell me how Chinese grammar works or how to pronounce the symbols, so I've only found a few combinations of symbols that mean things like "desert", "jews", "history", and other basic/common words in the Book of Mormon. Elder Davis had been looking for a Book of Mormon in Chinese, so I think I'll trade him for his triple combination in French. French is at least a phonetic language, so I can piece it together along with the grammar. We'll see how that goes...
So we're sitting in Ward Council Tuesday night, and the Stake President showed up. I had met him very briefly back in Presas, but he actually lives here in Mixquiahuala. He took a look at my nametag and said, "Where did your father serve his mission."
I skeptically looked at him and said, "Spain."
"I believe your father served his mission in Spain at the same time I did. Groesbeck isn't a very common last name."
He left me with the potential doubt in my head until Wednesday afternoon when we ate with their family. As his wife was preparing the food, President Lozano came out of a room with a little trifold. He handed it to me and asked, "is this your father?" Sure enough, there was a little picture of Dad with the words "Elder Groesbeck" printed beneathe them. President Lozano said he'd been looking to connect with people from his mission for quite some time and hadn't been able to find anyone until now. Those are some pretty crazy connections right there.
As we continued eating and making President Lozano trunky for his mission, his wife opened the fridge and said, "Hey, we have some of these left over from last night for dessert. I don't think they'll like them, though." Naturally, she sparked my curiosity. Upon asking what it was, President Lozano looked me right in the eyes and said something that sounded a lot like "root beer". My gaze maintained fixed straight ahead at him. He took one from the fridge and sure enough, there he held the most beautiful brown can of A&W root beer I've ever seen in my life. I had been searching for 13 months for root beer and hadn't found a drop of it here in Mexico. And there it was. Now, President Lozano owns a little ice cream shop beneath his house, so, you guessed it, we had root beer floats for dessert! My life was made.
Last event of the week. We had a really awesome stake activity back in Presas this weekend, so I got to see all of my converts and members I had grown to love Friday and Saturday night. It was so exciting! I also got a picture with my grandson, Elder Alder, and my great-grandson, Elder Garcia. The family is growing quite quickly! When President Egbert gets changed, we're all gonna get together and take a large family photo. It'll be great!
That's all I have for this week. Hope everyone else has a wonderful week as well!
Iré y haré,
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