Holy dang, I'm already one transfer into the mission... We got some new missionaries today, and Elder Hixon and I are actually babysitting some of them right now until the transfer meeting tomorrow morning when they get placed with their trainers. We're going on splits later this evening with them, so I'll already get a taste of what it's like to be a trainer, and I'm only 6 weeks in! Hopefully my Spanish skills will serve me well this evening. I have to say (and I know this is a bad way to think about it), but listening to the Spanish of these new elders makes me feel really good about my Spanish... We'll see how everything goes in about an hour from now.
So this week was pretty fantastic; I found out that I'm officially the first Mexican Missionary to get a 2-year VISA. Normally what happens is that the missionaries have to go in at their half-way point and renew their VISAs, but I was apparently the guinea pig for trying to get a two-year one. Apparently everything processed just fine, and I'm officially a Mexican until mid-January of 2017. I also found my first 10-cent piece this week; they're these super tiny coins that are worth one-tenth of a peso. Considering the fact that pesos are now about 15 to the dollar, it takes about 150 of these to make a dollar; that's right, they're more useless than the penny.
We also started a new method to contact people and find investigators this past week: English Class. Every time we contact someone, we tell them that we have an English Class every Wednesday night; this past Wednesday was a little small, but hopefully it'll get bigger, and we'll learn how to teach English in a way that's a bit more fun than conventional school.
It's time for the investigator of the week award! This week we actually didn't have anyone come to church (sadly), but I'm still giving out the award. It goes to our newest investigator named Paola. She had been taught by a few missionaries when she was with her boyfriend in some other stake a while back, but she actually went by herself to our mission office to request to be taught. She just so happened to be in our area, so we have begun teaching her. She already accepted a baptismal date and everything for the 14th of March. She unfortunately wasn't able to come to church because she got super sick the night before; we went and visited her and can testify that it was not just a lame excuse. But yeah, she's a golden investigator, so she gets the award this week.
I'm changing the adventure of this week to our overall success for the week: we were finally able to meet the mission goal of 40 lessons per week this week. After our 40th lesson Saturday afternoon, we briefly celebrated and were like, "well... now what?" We decided to go ahead and go a bit above and beyond and get 2 more that evening, so we were feeling pretty good about our missionary abilities. We've been trying to be super obedient these past 6 weeks, and it finally paid off this week.
I started reading the New Testament in Spanish this week, and I came across a scripture passage in Matthew that I actually really liked; In English, it says that the apostles "straightway left their nets and followed" Jesus. I hadn't really paid attention to the wording of this scripture until I read it in Spanish and it really stuck. It says, "Ellos entonces, dejando al instante las redes, le siguieron." They didn't say, "ehhhhhh... wellllll... I guessss..." They immediately, straightway, at that instant left their nets and followed him. It made me think about what kind of disciples of Christ we are going to be. Are we going to straightway leave our nets to follow Him and do His will, or are we going to linger and think about the descision at the door and think about it for a while? The greatest of God's blessings come to those of us who will straightway leave our nets, our jobs, our passions, our lives for the service of God, and that has kept me going this week.
Iré y haré.
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