21 July 2014
This past week I was able to work up to getting back to work and feeling like a missionary again which was great. Little by little my strength is coming back to me. I haven’t had enough strength to exercise in the mornings yet but I’m thinking this coming week I will be able to and then I can continue to get stronger. This past week I was able to give another training and it went well but after about 15 minutes I couldn’t stand up anymore so I cut my training short but other than that it went well. We also had interviews this past week and for the interview we have to bring our area book because the ap’s look through it. After the interview we went straight to work and somewhere along the way we lost our area book and didn’t notice until we were back at home. The next day we planned to find it but we didn’t. The day after that we were at one of our investigator’s house and it was there. She told us that she saw it on the side of the street. She noticed that when we had taught her earlier that we were carrying it so she knew it was ours. We were so grateful that she found it and that we were able to get it back. We must have left it when we had sat down for me to rest for a bit. On Thursday our area was totally flooded. The water came up just below my knees and we where walking through it as we went from appointment to appointment. It was a bit challenging having to walk in water, it took a lot of energy, but we were able to get work done and it was a fun experience. The flooding is very common in the cities so people are very used to it. It didn’t affect any homes because the houses are up on stilts… and it is normal so they know where the level is. Yesterday instead of water, the flood was gone so we were trudging through mud. We went most of the day barefoot because it’s easier and safer to walk through mud without shoes. We got pretty dirty but it was fun and the mud felt good on my feet. I was so grateful that it wasn’t raining as we were walking through the mud.
We have a progressing investigator her name is Shane and she is 14 years old. She has cousins that are members and that have served missions and everything so she knows a bit about the church. Her dad was really close to getting baptized but he didn’t because of work. When we teach her, her mom listens and participates but she doesn’t want to commit to anything at the moment but at least she is listening and supporting her daughter. Shane went to church yesterday with us for the first time and she really enjoyed it. Her house is really close to the church so we just went to her house and we all walked over to church together so that she wouldn’t be shy. We also brought her two younger sisters who are 11 and 8.
We’ve also been teaching another little girl and her mom. They are a part-member family, the little girl’s name is Elidia (pronounced Elijah) and this family is probably my favorite family that we teach here in Leganes. They are struggling a lot right now financially but they will be able to work everything out. We went and taught the family on Wednesday and as the mother was talking to us she was saying how she needs to find a job because the one she has isn’t enough. She was crying as she told us this and we simply told her that she needs to pray (the mother isn’t a member). We came back two days later and the mother was crying and saying how she did what we said and she was able to find another job! The bad thing though is that she is still working on Sundays and can’t make it to church. But her kids continue to come to church and have many friends there.
I love and miss you all so very much!