(By the way, I am still living at the same address with Hermana Enriquez!)
So here we are on Tuesday, knocking the doors around 8 at night and it is fairly cold. We knock on one door, and stand there waiting and talking about the statistics of people who attend BYU just to get married. Then the garage door starts to open, we we walk over to talk to the person inside. As the door opens, first we see combat boots. Then we see a rifle. Then we see the guy with the crazy blond hair who is holding the rifle. We were told that it was too late to be walking around in this neighborhood, and that it was a good way to get shot.
He didn't even want the card to recieve a free DVD about the life of Jesus Christ.
So we haven't gone back to that street. Well, not that side of the street. It didn't even look all that sketchy at first. Odd.
So yes, I have the same address as before. 1604 L Ave #13 or something.
What else? There is a new Hermana here in our area. Hermana Gubler got transferred somewhere else, and Hermana Sauni is now here. This is somewhat significant because she is even newer than I am! Although, I think she understands what people are saying in Spanish more than I do. Maybe I just don't pay attention very well.
I have been making a list of what people should do to help missionaries in their ward/branch. First, offer to go with them to lessons (and actually go)/give them referrals. Basically, missionaries want to just be there to help members do their own missionary work. We are here to help you.
Second, please please allow us to serve our own portions at dinner. Some people have this habit of serving three times as much as I can eat, and then they say "You barely ate anything. Didn't you like it?" And I just can't handle that every night. Please save us both from that conversation. Please don't be offended.
There was a baptism in our branch on Saturday! He lived in the other area, so I never got to teach him, but it was still exciting. Also, I am the one with the keys to the church library and baptismal font and everything, so we got to fill up the font with water and almost fall in and everything. It was great. It is so interesting to be behind the scenes of everything so much more than I used to be. We go to so many meetings, plan so many things. It is neat to feel so involved.
It is cold. This morning when I turned on the car it was 27 degrees. Now it is back up to 35, so that is nice. Also, it snowed a little bit last night before we went to bed, so of course we went outside and scraped snow off of the benches to throw at each other.
We were pretty excited on Tuesday afternoon because we were going back to teach a new investigator. We had only taught here once, but she was nice and seemed pretty interested. When we got there, here mom was home, so we taught her as well. They are both great. Then, at the end of the lesson, we asked if we could come back to teach them again. They said that they were moving to Mexico in three days. So disappointing. But that is the way things go around here sometimes. Lots of people migrate with the seasons.
We have a new weekly service project of being tutors. It was a bit rough when we first went on Thursday because we didn't really know what we were signing up for, a member just suggested that we go. We ended up helping a girl with her high school English homework. Hna Enriquez and I have both forgotten so many poetry terms. But it worked out fine, I think.
They are cleaning the carpets in the church building today, so we are in the public library emailing. So much less time to use the computer.
Something spiritual really quick. There is some quote by CS Lewis, "There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit…”
We are all children of God, with divine potential. That isn't just a sweet sentiment or a catchy thing to write on a motivational poster. It is something that we teach as truth every day. It is something that I believe in with my whole heart. That is why we do what we do. When you get a glimpse of the big picture, how can you not share that message with a voice of rejoicing?
Have a great week. I love you guys.