Hello all!! Happy Easter! This week has gone by so quickly, I can't believe it's p-day again already.
Exchanges this week! It was a little bit terrifying, but it ended up being a great experience. Our STL's decided to leave me in the Spanish area, and out of the English YSA sisters came to our area, Sister Brett. She was great to work with, but she only took Spanish for one year in junior high, so it was a good experience learning to rely on the Holy Ghost. I probably prayed 500 times for the gift of tongues, but we saw so many miracles. One woman, Cecilia, who we have been trying to get in contact with for weeks, we decided to stop at her house and she saw and was like "Hermanas! Come in!" And we were able to talk to her a little bit, and I'm 90% sure she said she was glad to see us because she has a lot of questions that the church she has been attending couldn't help her answer, and we were able to set up a return appointment. Planning is really hard when you have only been in the area for three weeks, but the day went smoothly, and we got a lot of good lessons in.
One of our investigators, Cruz, fell off a two story building about a month ago and broke both of his legs, so we go teach him in the hospital. And there's a flu outbreak going on, so we also get to teach wearing hospital masks. He's progressing pretty well, he has a lot of questions about scientific things, and this week we spent a lot of time talkinga bout artificial intelligence and whether or not they have spirits...but he also has a lot of good questions about doctrine he's willing to study and get answers for.
There was also that awkward moment this week, when no one in the ward invites the missionaries over for dinner, so we our district just ate dinner at the church, and we had an interesting combination of sourdough waffles, barbecue chicken, and tortillas, because what would Spanish missionaries be without tortillas for every meal.
Things are going pretty slow this week, our biggest breakthrough was that Juan y Juana, two of our most progressing investigators, agreed to think about not meeting with the testigos de jehova (jehovah's wittnesses) anymore. Think about it. And they agreed to cancel their appointment with them on Sunday at 1 so they can come to church.
And every hispanic person we have talked to has asked about why the Easter bunny is such a big deal in America. If anyone knows, please enlighten because we haven't been able to find anything. We talked about the symbol of the Easter Egg though, and the symbol of life being born again out of death, or something that would appear to be dead. And relating that to the restoration of the gospel, in that the gospel was restored in a perfect form, the same way Christ was ressurected, and the same way we are going to be resurrected. Everything, even Easter eggs, testify that there is a Christ. The church is true! Read the Book of Mormon! Happy Easter!!
Thank you for all the love and support!
Have a great week!