To explain the subject line, I complete a year in the mission today. A year ago today I started. I don´t like it, but hey it happened. I would like to think that the mission is going to last forever because I have been changed so much for the better, but all good things have got to come to an end right?
The last week we had some problems with running into the Sisters during visits with the members and over the limits of the sector, so we decided to try something crazy and take out the limit. For those of you that don´t understand, we have a ward, or area that is divided into two spaces. One of these spaces is the Sister missionaries´ sector. The other ours. Right now we have the whole entire 15 by 10 blocks shared between the 4. We did it with the intent to find more people to teach and my word did it work. We had a week full of miracles.
We decided to get ready by making a list of all the people that the missionaries had taught before that we didn´t know. We established a system of strikes. If we can´t find the person after going to their house 3 times, we take them off the list. We did the same thing with the contacts that the missionaires had written down. We went passing for these houses, contacting people in the street and trying to find less active members too and that is basically how we occupied the week.
The past thursday it rained here and we were out using this list in the street and got completely wet from head to toe. I have a wicked flu right now. I lost my voice, my nose was running super bad and I had a really bad cough, but the members that we visited gave me medicine and I am back to normal now.
We were able to find a lot of really good people which makes me psyched out. It is so nice when people have honest desires to improve their lives and they make sacrifices to do it. Here is a list of the people we found.
SERGIO: A 51 year old blond haired construction worker that lives with his wife Erika in the 19 floor of their department building. Sergio loves to play tennis and cook and he and his wife have been married for 16 years. Erika was bautized when she was young, and introduced the church to Sergio. Sergio has been going to church for almost eight months now, but never has taken the steps to be baptized. One day after sacrament meeting, we talked to him, and he invited us over to lunch. After the lunch, we taught him about how the true church of Jesus Christ, once lost is now restored and all the blessings we can have because of it. It was an incredible lesson. That guy is so ready and willing to take steps of faith and keep learning. We are going to his house every single saturday now
Nicholas and Livia: A young couple that just moved in to San Miguel four years ago. We found them through the list of people that we made. It was 9 oclock at night and we decided to try calling them to see if we could visit. We had never met them before. The answered right away, and told us they were home and that they would love us to come. Livia also was baptized when she was young, but stopped going because she didn´t want to make new friends when they moved. She and Nicholas are super great people and are really religious. We taught them about the love of God and the desires he has for us to be happy. We have a cita with them tomorrow.
Those are just two. There are some others, but I am running a bit short for time.
Yesterday we had a super spiritual experience that I want to summarize for you guys.
We were in the street going to a lesson with Benjamin, a youth that was baptized last november, and we felt impressioned to visited the family of the Relief Society President. We get to the house and the woman we were looking for was not even home, but her sister Carolina was. We asked her if we could share something short, she let us in, and we shared with her Romans 8:38 and 39 (a great verse. Go read it now). We testified about the love that God and Jesus have for her, and she started crying. She told us that she had been super sad lately because her health has not been the best and that she was going through some other family problems. She told us that we arrived just at the right moment and she needed to hear the the reasuring message that God and Jesus really did love her and were there for her. I can say without a doubt that the Spirit led us to that house. We need to do all within our reach to be worthy of the Spirit in every moment so we can be an instrument in God´s hands to bless others.
Life couldn´t be better. My cheeks hurt from smiling. Love you guys a bunch