Hello family! How is everyone?
Wonderful news! We had our first snow fall yesterday, winter finally made it to Chicago. I am so stoked. It has been a busy week with a few different administrative stuff, which is fun but long, and we ended the week by meeting some super prepared new investigators. It's a wonderful life.
So the start of this week was based around stake MCM and zone training, both of which went super well. I'll quickly explain what we did for zone training:
For our section of the training we had 2 major focuses. 1 Teach simply and powerfully and 2 work with members to increase member-missionary efforts. For the first focus we taught a lot about the Savior and His teachings in the New Testament. I find myself in awe often as I read about the way the Savior spoke and taught the people. Then we invited some Hispanic members to come to our training and be taught by the missionaries in English! Becuase of the language barrier the missionaries had to teach really simply, it turned out really well. Then for the second part of the training we brought in a panel of members and asked some questions about how they feel when missionaries visit their homes, invite them to go teaching ect. Also turned out to be a big success. We are ready to go and apply a ton of new things that we learned.
Later in the week we went to eat at the Cortez family's home. They made so much delicious food it was insane. They are from Morelos so they make picaditas! My favorite mexican food. We ate like 20lbs of food I swear. But something else really funny happened to my companion Elder Tedders, so I will let him explain,
"I don't even want to talk about this day. It wasn't bad. Lo que pasa
es que we went to a member's house named the Cortez family. When we
came in they asked us questions like "Is there any food that causes
you pain? Do you like peppers?" And other weird questions. I tried
showing off by eating a lot of the salsa they made and then they bring
out this tiny black vile that says "FLASHBANG" written on the side in
white letters. The label said "WARNING!" And below it listed the
possible side effects including, but not limited to, loss of
conscience. I read the ingredients; it lists thirteen peppers I've
never even heard of and one that sounds like an illegal drug I've
heard of before. So what do you think I did?... Yeah. At first it
didn't hurt that bad, but about 30 seconds later I was sweating
profusely and shoving ice cream down my throat. Needless to say I will
NEVER do that again."
We all tried the salsa. I was laughing so hard becuase I have never seen Elder Tedders respond that way. We are both pretty chilango so we usually can handle the salsas that we are given, but not this time for Elder Tedders. (See Photo)
Then the end of the week we got a call from one of our members asking us to pray for one of their friends and their family. So we prayed of course and the next day they came to church and we taught them in that members home after church! It was a crazy miracle, and the mother of the family is super prepared! Pray for her, her name is Rebeca.
That's all that I have time for! I love you all very much. Please enjoy this time of the year and #LIGHTtheWORLD everyday!
Con mucho amor,