Sunday, July 13, 2014

19s what a week... looong email day woo

We went to the temple this morning and thats why I am writing on a Tuesday. It was so beautiful and spiritual as always.

NEW PRESIDENT!! President Bowler from Nevada. His sweet wife doesnt speak any Spanish, and he hasn't spoken Spanish for 40 years. Right now I think my Spanish is a little better than his hahahaha not even joking. BUT he is WONDERFUL. Because my wallet was stolen a few weeks ago, I had to go into the office yesterday to get a new temple recommend. Well the interview was like 2 seconds (easiest interview for a temple recommend in my life, probably none after will be that easy haha) and then the Elders took forever to get my membership number so President and I sat there for about 10 minutes just talking about our lives and it was so fun to get to know him. I LOVE being in President's ward. I know that this man is called to this work and he is going to be the President that we need, thats for sure. 

We are teaching a man named Franklin. I LOVE FRANKLIN. So he is the son of a family who was baptized about 1.5 years ago. He was the ONLY one in the family not baptized, his parents were baptized and so were his 3 sisters. Only he wasn't. And the family told us they wanted us to teach him but they said he would never accept us. So when I was with Hermana Groll, we started building a friendship with him to gain his trust (they live two houses down the hill from us so we always would see him in the calle). Just saying hi, shaking his hand, not talking to him about the gospel yet to not scare him away. Just little by little. Then Hermana Groll left and here comes Hermana Saldate. I told her about him and I was like, you know what, it is time to teach him. So we went up and asked if we could visit him and he said yes. He is 19 by the way. We have been visiting him every two days. He has this huge desire to change his life and he really does want to be baptized. His date right now is the 26th. Hes super pilas, he always keeps the commitments we give him (like reading, HE IS SO PILAS. NO ONE READS). Lemme tell you, this mans prayers are unlike any Ive ever heard. He is the definition of praying from the heart. Ive been praying all my life and I have never prayed like he does. Hermana Saldate and have been working on praying more sincerely after we heard his prayer. man. Anyway hes our most positive investigator right now and our favorite to teach (not like I have favorites.... I love them allllll.......)

Something cool. Our zone leaders called us the other night to tell us that our zones dats were really low as a whole, but our dats were awesome. They told us to keep it up and asked for our help motivating the zone. So that gave us a little animo and a little more drive to work harder. Our zone leaders are really awesome Elders. One is a chubby Mexican who loves food and the other Elder I had a class with at BYU and he lived in the same area as me. Theyre wonderful leaders. 

¨It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools¨ Ecclesiastes 7¨verse 5 I LOVE THIS VERSE. My companion told me I am really good at being direct with the investigators and calling them to repentance. Its what they need. Im not gonna ramble on and beat around the bush. I tell them what they need. In a loving and awesome way of course.  I love them and they love me hehehe 

FOURTH OF JULY. My comp and I talked about it to like everyone we knew on Friday haha. We made you all a video. I will have to send it next week but it is pretty great. I lost my voice. You're welcome. 

No one is in the streets these days because of the World Cup. Its a little annoying but we are still workin.

​OH RIGHT THAAATS what I wanted to write about. I almost forgot. I got burned haha um I was cooking platanos and I dropped one in the pan but I put more oil than usual and BOOM SPLASH and I have just a few second degree burns on my left hand and my neck. I'll send the pic next week. It really wasnt that bad it just hurt ​for awhile that day before the blisters formed. But then the next day the big blisters didnt hurt so I forgot about them and accidentally popped the biggest one, meaning a totally ripped off the skin. IT. HURT. IT. HURTS. and its gross. Its just like exposed. growing new skin hurts. Im doing my best to not let it get infected but man this place is gross.  Sorry for these images. But hey that's my life. 

Please, please, PLEASE. I am talking to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints specifically right now. PLEASE be Christlike. Please fellowship new members into your ward. Please say hi to church members ourside of church. Please dont judge. Please be kind. Please fulfill your callings. You do NOT REALIZE how you affect people not of the church. If people have an issue with someone inside the church, they will not listen to the missionaries. We can't teach them. People go inactive. PLEASE. Be the same person who you are in church on Sunday. You can maybe fool some people, but you can never fool our God. JUST BE A GOOD PERSON. It would sure help out the obra misional. 

Thank you to those members who are doing their part. We had a man run up to us in the street the other day asking how much a Book of Mormon was and we were like wut and I reached into my bag and shoved one into his hands and told him to take it. Why was he interested? Because he works with a Mormon and he has seen how good a person he is and he wants to see what he has. Thank you to those people who are doing the things they should and setting examples for everyone else. If you're not doing what you need to, it is never too late to repent and start over. Trust me, I'd know.

I love you all. Keep praying and reading the scriptures. Smile at everyone and have an amazing week!!!


18s Changes

So everyone and their dog knew that Hermana Groll was going to leave the area.
Im not joking in the least bit. It was a little freaky. Our investigators (the people we teach), the members of our ward, and all the missionaries just assumed she was leaving, they didnt even ask. So when we found out, it wasnt a surprise. Hermana Groll is now a Sister Training Leader in the area nextdoor to mine. It was nice to know I was trained by one of the best missionaries in the mission. She really is a wonderful missionary who really loves her investigators and strives to teach according to their needs, like we need to. I miss her!!!
My new companion is Hermana Saldate from California (another gringa woo!). She likes to work hard, which is great. Its really kinda weird switching companions. Its just.... yeah. Weird. But Hermana Saldate is great and she likes to be direct. Her Spanish is really good but she just came from serving in the South so I cant understand her sometimes and neither can the people here in the city because of her accent hahahaha but its good. Im sure well adapt.
We had quite the lesson with Guadalupe (the former UN ambassador) and it quite frankly didn't go very well. Man. She is really stuck in her ways and doesnt want to change the beliefs she has had over the years. After a little bit of the Spirit leaving the lesson I realized wow we really need to calm down and get this back on track. So, I told her that all my life I thought Estonia was in Africa. And then someone told me it was in Europe and I was like what there is no way that is true. But when I searched for the answer on a map, boom. Estonia is in Europe. No matter how long I believed it was in Africa, I was wrong. If I went my whole life thinking it was in Africa and died that way, it doesnt change that Estonia is indeed in Europe. It doesnt change the truth. No matter how long she has believed what she does, it doesnt change the fact that it is not truth. Truth is truth and it is unchangeable. I told her to look for the answer from God. We can tell her all these things over and over but she is never going to believe anyone except for God. We will see what happens next. Shes leaving the country for awhile pretty soon so that sucks.
Our new mission President arrives today! Im excited to be in his ward still. He is from Nevada. I will miss President and Hermana Hernandez a lot. They are so wonderful.
Follow promptings from the Spirit you guys. Theyre real and they will help you. Hermana Saldate and I walked by a lady holding her baby yesterday and I looked up and smiled at her (she was in a balcony). As we walked she kept looking at us. I turned around again and thought, I really think we should go talk to her. And then Hermana Saldate looked back too, and I finally said, we should go back huh. and immediately Hna Saldate was like yes. And we turned around, taught her about faith, and she accepted the challenge to be baptized. Her name is Yeny (Jenny) and she doesnt go to any church because she doesnt like any of them. She says something is missing. HEY. HEY! YENY! WE HAVE WHAT IS MISSING!! WE HAVE ALL THE TRUTH!! Ill keep you all updated on this wonderful woman. and her cute baby :D
Listen to what the Lord is telling you and always have faith.

My Spanish is getting tons better. Still have lots to learn but Im doing super well now.
love, hermanita steele

pictures next week I hope