Monday, October 26, 2015

Week 11 ... full of challenges

Hola todos....

This week we started teaching a man who was very difficult to understand. Not just because he spoke Spanish but also because he is missing like half his teeth.  He also he doesn't have control over the left side of his body so he can only talk with half his mouth.  Needless to say, I don´t understand him hardly at all... hahaha   BUT he was really nice and he told us he had been praying for a message from God.  When we showed up to visit him, he just knew we were an answer to his prayers.  So we´re going to try to visit him again tonight.

The other day, one guy started arguing with us about baptism.   I was able to share a scripture from the was awesome.  Basically, he was saying that we need to baptize just in the name of Jesus Christ because that's how it says to do it in the Bible.  We were like no, you baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.  He was like "where in the Bible does it say that?" and so I pulled out Matthew 28:19 which literally says exactly what we were telling him. He was like so shocked too that he didn´t know what to say.  So we asked him where in the Bible it says to baptize just in the name of Jesus Christ?   He searched for forever and couldn´t find it.  Anyways that was one of my proud moments from this week ... hahaha!
This week I had the joy and also horror of being companions with Hna Fink again for 24 hours... hahaha.   Hna fink´s companions is Hermana Jimenez, the sister training leader. and she needs to do "visitas de trabajo" which is where she goes and works in an area with one of the Hermanas there to see how the work is going.  So she came to Secada this week to work with Hna TituaƱa.   I went with Hna Fink to their area in Las Colinas.  It was pretty terrifying since neither of us know Spanish at all. It was fun to reconnect with her but neither of us could really communicate with the people and I think we just confused everyone there.  We had a member with us for a few of the lessons, so we relied on her to explain basically everything.. but in general i think we did okay hahaha. I mean it wasn´t as bad as i thought it would be.  I just had to have lots of faith that we could help these people despite the language barrier.  Needless to say it gave us a greater appreciation for our Spanish speaking companions.

On a lighter note; our "golden" family has a baptismal and marriage date! They're planning on getting married the 7th of November and then the 14th they want to get baptized. We´re going to try to get them to be baptized the same day as their marriage, but we´ll see how it goes.  I´m super excited for them!!!

Anyways I love you all! i hope everything is going awesome back in the good old United States.. keep being awesome and keep trusting in God cause He knows best and everything will work out ;)

Hermana Gurney

Lunch on P-Day with my CCM sisters and their companions!

My district ... we went to help a sister weed her lawn.  
Left to right:  Elder Droubay, Elder Greene, Elder Uribe, Elder Plaza, Elder Steffenson, and Elder Vasquez.  
Elders Droubay and Greene were in the CCM with me.  
Elders Uribe and Steffenson are the zone leaders and Elder Plaza is the district leader.   
My zone ...  back row left to right:  Elders Steffensen, Greene, Robertson, Nerdin,
Droubay, Taylor, me, and Hermana Tituana
front row left to right:  Elders Mamani, Tapara, Uribe, Vasquez, Plaza, Ruiz

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