Que tal paisanos? Como les fue la semana?
I pray that you all had a wonderful week! This week has gone by extremely fast and there is definitely going to be some fun upcoming changes!
Sadly, President didn't let me train yet...haha but we do have alot of changes coming our way in the zone! Elder Reyes is going to be leaving to Arlington Heights my last area! I am really excited for him. Now, for the crazy news...remember Elder Tedders? My last companion before Elder Reyes? He will be coming from Arlington Heights and I will be training him to be the new zone leader hahaha! I am pumped. This sort of thing rarely ever happens, but it will be fun to get to know Elder Tedders even better after having been his companion just 3 months ago. Crazy. Super exciting.
Other than that, we spent a majority of our week contacting and finding new people to teach. Sadly, Lucy had a super busy week and wasn't able to meet with during the week. We are setting something up this coming week though, so continue to pray for her please.
Honestly, meeting new people is one of my favorite parts about being on a mission. Sure, sometimes it can be awkward or difficult, perhaps maybe even uncomfortable hahah! but there is nothing quite like sharing something that you know will bless people's lives. When it really comes down to it, I know that what we offer as missionaries is the best, most hopeful message this life has to offer. (I'm not asking you to forgive my superlative because I know that it is true)
The other day I called out to a lady to ask if we could help her with the yard work she was doing, she declined and I afterwards asked if I could give her a card. She scrutinised my badge for a few seconds trying to read the Spanish until I said that we were from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints. She immediately retracted and said that she was of another faith and didn't need anything that we had to offer. I noticed that she got pretty tense so decided to just thank her and say, "God bless" as we were walking away. She shouted back angrily, "I don't need any of your blessings!" We get pretty similar responses in attitude quite often, and honestly, I don't blame people. I do feel love for them and wish that they wouldn't refuse the opportunity to be blessed, but I know that everything has a purpose.
The opposite type of contacts that we have are ones like Marcos. Marcos is a man that we met almost 2 months ago who was going through a hard time and didn't really have time to talk to us. Please picture what this man looks like: About 5'2 little man with the biggest smile always on his face. He is from an indigenous man from Mexico, which means that he didn't grow up speaking Spanish, he spoke zaputecu(I don't know how to spell it) But anyways, we miraculously met up with him this week and he shouted at us from across the street, "AMIGASOS QUE TAL COMO ESTAMOS?" He ran over and gave us a huge hug hahaha people are incredible. The Gospel is true! I love you all have a wonderful week!
1319 Butterfield Rd Ste 522
Downers Grove, IL 60515