Yes, you read the subject right. We had an earthquake here this week and it was crazy....
Anyway, to sum this week up in one word, HOT. I am straight dying because it is so hot. Seriously above 100 degrees everyday and it is a huge city so the heat just absorbs and doesn't reflect off of anything. I have been suffering in my church clothes, but hey, the hot part of the year had to happen eventually right? Every day of hot is just a day closer to when it is cold. Gotta stay positive.
Okay now for the exciting part. Yes, there was an earthquake here and it was one of the scariest but coolest things I have ever experienced in my life. I was in the house of an older Hermana, picking up our lunch for the day. We started to hear a weird noise. It sounded like someone was throwing a bunch of rocks on the roof of her house. After that, I started to feel the shaking below my feet. It started off pretty small, but then it was huge. It felt like I was standing on top of a rug that somebody was pulling. I had to stable myself on the Hermana´s table to keep from falling down. Things started to fall off of her shelves and make a ton of noise. At this point I was kinda flipping out. I was fully convinced that the world was going to end and I would never see my family again. The woman in the house yelled to us to get out of the house right then and I went running for the door with her and Elder Castillo. We stood in a huddle in her courtyard and waited for it to be over. It was so so terrifying. I have been through tornados, terrible thunderstorms, tons of snow, but there was nothing I have felt in my whole life like this. It was so cool to see the power of the Earth in a way I haven't before. I am just happy I did not die and that nobody we knew got hurt.
We also had interviews this week with our mission president which was super amazing. President Gwilliam is such a great man that knows how to make me feel better. For those of you that read last weeks letter, I talked about how I was super stressed. President Gwilliam and I talked about how stress is good for you. It is kinda like being hungry. If I am hungry, I have the desire to eat food. When I have stress, I have the desire to improve myself and learn. We talked about how I should never feel satisfied because not just with Spanish, but with everything in life, you can always get better. There is always a way to improve. When we get comfortable and satisfied, we lose the desire to improve and get prideful
About the people we teach… So, about 2 weeks ago, I found a large list of all the members of our ward. In our mission, president has asked us to search for every single member family, share something short with them at their door, and offer a prayer for them and their house. My companion and I have been working our tails off with that list. We have visited more houses then I can count. We have found a bunch of people that haven't come to church in a very long time and we are starting to reactivate them, which is great. We had a ton of people in sacrament meeting this Sunday and a lot of people that haven't had visits from the missionaries in a long time, now let us into their house. It is a really satisfying thing to do and it makes me really happy to see all of these people coming back to church after so many years.
Our investigators are progressing, but it is slow. We have 3 baptismal dates right now, and we are really working with them to get them ready. We also have a lot of families that we are trying to get to the temple.
Anyway, This week was sweet. Life is a solid 10/10 right now. Ohhhh. Btw, Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for your card. I loved it :)