well my companion this week told me that i need to be more detailed with my stories and it made me think if i bore you to death when i write, i sure am not a very detailed writer, never has been one of my talents. never can quite write out exactly how i feel so that will be my challenge this week. she can tell a 3 minute story in an hour, and i an hour story in three minutes so i will try to be better and hope that i dont bore you haha.
well we had a pretty good week, a bit of a bummer but every day it seemed as though all of our appointments fell through. but there are definitely weeks like that, nonetheless it was a really good week with great success. we are still working with our lovely marisol and she is strong as ever, just cant quite get her free to join us at church, but she is amazing. we went to visit her this week and i think i told you last week but her daughters have started to join us. her mom was there this week and when we walked in she was super excited to see us and just started talking our ears off then she told us that she was baptized just a year and ten months ago, and hasnt missed a day of church since. as we started talking with marisol and her girls, valeria and sylvia they told us that they were going to start coming to church with marisol, you would have thought marisols mom was 15 years old, she started jumping up and down and saying ¨en serio, en serio, en serio?????!!!!¨ like are you serious???!!! then she grabbed her grandaughter and started hugging and kissing her, practically knocking her down. keep in mind this woman is over 70, it was so cute and funny. but yes, that was a great miracle, seeing the hearts of the family of marisol softened to the gospel, when they once made fun of her. we still have a lot of people in her family to work with but one at a time.
a couple of little funny stories from the week..... my companion and i were ending a lesson with a woman that we were teaching for the second time, we kneeled down to pray with her... my companion started to pray... and the words, as if spoken in a very quiet prayer tone of voice, came out of her mouth were ¨we are missionaries of....¨ we all just started laughing. i guess it makes sense, those would be the two most commonly used phrases we use each day, between starting to pray and introducing ourselves.
another good one is when we went to visit a man we contacted a while ago and havent been able to get ahold since. i clapped at his gate and then decided to just go in and knock his door and thought his gate went inward, well i straight up broke his gate because it opens outward. we were laughing and hoping no one was watching and then we turned around and saw his crazy neighbor dying of laughter so we went over and talked to him and he couldnt stop laughing, he just put his finger over his lips and told us he wouldnt tell anyone. we went back to the man a few days later to set up an appt with him for this wed and his neighbor was again just sitting outside laughing. i know you are wondering if i am going to tell him i broke his gate.......... of course i am... just wanted to make sure we could go back and visit him first.
we were out yesterday knocking houses when we knocked a door and this boy 17 years old answered and had a super happy face... then he saw it was us and his expression totally changed, he had no idea what to say. before i could even introduce us or put out my hand to shake his, he dove in to kiss me and i couldnt dodge it, by kiss me i mean a greeting kiss on the cheek, but still we are not supposed to do that with the men and it is just super uncomfortable. it has happened many times but this time was super different and awkward. then after that he continued to tell us that he wasnt interested, but wanted to talk, he leaned against the door frame thinking he was lookin really good. so i just continued talking with well ¨ummmm hi we are here to talk about God¨ and he wasnt havin it since we wouldnt break. so then he changed the subject again and told us he wasnt interested, luckily to say goodbye we were able to dodge a kiss and give him the handshake.
we taught our new friend mariana again this week as well. she was very unhappy when we went and broke down and told us that she thinks her live in boyfriend, almost husbund, is cheating on her with the neighbor. i cant imagine. but i guess we have every experience in life for a reason and i found for the first time that having my heart broken, helped me to help someone else, and how my relationship with God grew so greatly during that time. everything happens for a reason!!!!
well i love you ever so much family, hope that you are doing wonderfully, keep me well updated. love you to the moon and back!!! - jess
enjoy the pics.......... love you!!!!!
the first one is a man we are teachings mate collection, sweet.........