We are also currently teaching a young man named Miguel, who is the friend of a less-active member. He was visited by other missionaries before us, but never attended church. So we were surprised when 2 Sundays ago he showed up and said he was going to start attending so that he could be baptized on September 20th. :)
Hermana Perez and I have the privilege of being missionaries in this area and know such amazing people. I feel comfortable here and loved by everyone, which has helped me a lot to really focus on this work and the needs of all we teach. I love this quote by President Ezra Taft Benson:
Now that we've finished Hermana Perez's training (which implies the first 12 weeks = 2 transfers), we get to leave the house an hour earlier. For those that aren't really familiar with what we do everyday, here's our schedule:
6:20 Wake Up
6:30-7:00 Exercise (my jumprope, hula hoop, etc. :) )
7:00-8:00 Shower, breakfast, & get ready (make-up, iron clothes, hair, etc.)
8:00-9:00 Personal Study (read scriptures & Preach My Gospel, etc.)
9:00-10:00 Companionship Study (plan our lessons for the day & do practices)
10:00-11:00 Language Study (Spanish for me ! )
11:00-2:30 Lessons & Visits (teaching the people)
2:30-3:30 Lunch (teaching the people)
3:30-9:00 Lessons & Visits (teaching the people)
9:30 Return Home
9:30-10:00 Plan with the Companion
10:00-10:30 Get ready for bed (journal, p.j.s, etc.)
The missionary schedule has really helped me learn how to prioritize my time and work efficiently. Although I still miss the days when I had time for an afternoon nap, I like the busy and work-filled days, because the time flies by and I don't miss all the countless hours I used to spend doing unproductive activities. Each day is such a gift and I am learning how to always look for the good in every situation.
|Our healthy food purchase|
Here is the "tuna" cart
of the old man that
sells the prickly pears.
His name is Salvador and
he is super nice
I'm eating a prickly pear ;) yum
On Saturday, all the missionaries in Aguascalientes had a special devotional with one of the leaders of the mission named Elder Valenzuela. He talked about the importance of the missionaries working together with the members to have more success in our areas. This is so vital, because the members can play such an influential role in missionary work by assisting the Elders or Hermanas in lessons or giving us references. I am so grateful for members who are actively engaged in missionary work. :)
After the devotional I was ecstatic to see Hermana Winsor but very sad to hear that she'll be going home because of health problems. We took a photo and gave each other several strong hugs before I said good-bye. I'm really going to miss her sweet and sincere spirit here in the mission.
|Goodbye Hermana Winsor|
On Sunday, Miguel came to church again! Wahoo :) Nayeli had to work, and 2 of our other progressing investigators were out of town. But regardless, I was happy and learned a lot from the talks & lessons in church.
Hmmm.... what else .... hardly no rain this week. Hermana Perez says I keep talking in my sleep and waking her up with spanish phrases or words that I mumble ;) haha Everything is great! Hope you all have a fantastic fun-filled week.
Con mucho amor,
|Me and Vaca (cow)|
We got an edible arrangements style fruit bouquet from our Bishop
(that is his business and at the end of the day had an extra one left over)