Wow the days are starting to all blur together. I was looking through my journal and realized a lot happened this week.
First of all, i have a new appreciation for Mission President´s and their wives. Oh my goodness they have to deal with a lot of stuff...ALL DAY EVERY DAY. haha On Tuesday we had interviews with President and Sister Rodgers. Not gonna lie, I was beyond excited to finally talk to them. My area is so far south they had to fly halfway here then take a 8 hour bus ride. Like i feel like I can see Antarctica. The interviews were an all day process. We did a bunch of practice work on how to ask people to be baptized and i loved it. I wish my companion would like it though.
Anyways...President was a big fan of my Cole Haans. And yes..it was the first time i took them out of the suitcase haha. We talked a lot about everything and it has motivated me to work even harder. He has a lot of trust in me and see´s me in a leadership position soon. Sister Rodgers met with everyone as well. Bless her heart. She is so nice but lays down the law as well! haha She´s more scary than President. She asked about the family and i just lost it. haha I thought i appreciated you guys before the mission but now it´s unreal. I told her how much mom and dad sacrificed to have the amazing upbringing we have and had. This also motivated me as well.
Elder Salas didn´t know what was about to hit him. haha we went to work this week! I am so grateful for the area I'm in. It's super poor and there are only two options for work. You either work in the fabricas which are like the mass produced electronics on a conveyer line system or in construction. One of the main fabricas just moved to another location so there are soooo many people without work. Way sad. So basically everyone does construction in some way. So basically, there is a lot of opportunity for service.
The only baptisms we have scheduled are the people i just went up and asked to help dig a hole or place their fence. I love it. The language is progressing every day and I´m so grateful. Everyone has a different accent and words they use to it still takes time to adjust to certain people but when they talk normal i can understand everything.
I also found out this week that we were supposed to be doing a 12 week new missionary program between Elder Salas and I. When President asked me about it I kinda just looked at him and was like ya I have no idea what that is. He just laughed and said don´t worry about it. I guess in the plan the new missionary doesn´t ask someone to be baptized till the 6 week i think. haha there´s no way i could have waited 6 weeks.
Miracle: Juan Carlos came to church again! and a menos activo familia! We were on our way to church and then we got a text from a new investigator asking if she could come to church!!!!!!!!! haha we started running to the church to find someone to drive us to her house to pick up her and her son! I took a picture of the moment haha i almost cried i was so happy.
We also had to teach Tomas about the Law of Chastity and he has a girlfriend for 3 years. He was like pumped. She moved out and he said he would obey. This 9 year old in the ward who´s family is less active wants to be baptized! He´s so sick. His name is Eury and his family is from the Dominican Republic.
Elder Salas sets the goals for the month and gives them so the zone leaders. I thought he was setting goals for the week!! Definitely switched some numbers. WE ARE TO GO TO WORK THIS MONTH!!
Oh also one of our investigators made just for me a ton of empanadas! I'll send a picture but seriously i couldn't breathe after. Her name is Georgina and she is like 60 and a saint!! We always teach somebody new in her house because she is friends with EVERYONE!!!! Her only setback is that she thinks church is in her heart so getting her to attend church is a pain! If i ever come back to this country i'd visit her first!
Oh how did i almost forget.. Boca and River played last night! This is the second biggest rivalry in sports history and i can see why! Elder Salas is River and I'm for Boca. River is Red and White and reminds me of the Yankee's because of all their money and appearance. Boca is blue and yellow and just tough! Yesterday sucked because everyone and their dog (literally) were watching the game. River won so that sucked but Elder Salas was pumped and everyone else in the streets freaking out.
Gosh the more i read about Alma the more I'm amazed! He worked his butt off for his whole life after he was converted. Even when he was very old and he wasn't planning on going out with his sons to preach he was "wrestless" and had to go out and serve. That's the qualities i want to have! Jesus Christ atoned for every single persons sins and unless these people know that and repent then that pain that Jesus went through for them is all for naught!
I love being a missionary! It didn't hit me till i got here how long 24 months are but i'm gonna make them count! I think of what Coach Homestead says all the time, "if what you did yesterday still looks good today, you haven´t done much today" Hoy es el dia para la gente a preparar a reunir con Dios. Estoy agredecido para esta opportunidad a compartir este evangelio con cada persona!
Love you all and have a great week:) Le amo, Elder Lamb