Not a whole lot happened this week. We're mostly just working with our investigators with fechas, and preparing them for baptism. Some days I'll go on exchanges with another Elder, and sometimes that Elder is Hispanic, so I'm forced to just speak Spanish with them, which is tough, but it's good! I can hardly believe that I'm able to do it! The mission is great, because our days are never the same. There's always something different that happens, hitchhiking from one area to another, the crazy lady that wouldn't let go of my thumb, and kept telling us she was American, and LOTS of frecas (girls that cat call us in the street) haha, it's a crazy life!
I don't know if I've said this, but laundry machines here are very different. You but water, detergent, and clothes in a part of it, and there's a little spinner at the bottom that spins it for 15 minutes, and then there's a little centrifuge that spins SUPER fast for five minutes to get the water out, then we hang our clothes to dry. It's a fun process, except when it rains on your clothes that are hung on the roof while you're gone.
Teaching is going great, and we're in the process of teaching Pedro (The old man whose girlfriend of 40 years is trying to get baptized, and he had that dream, and he's trying to quit drinking) and the other day I shared a story from the book of mormon with him. It's found in the last part of 1st Nefi 3, and it's about when the angel appears to Laman, Lemuel, Nefi, and Sam, and tells them to stop beating them with the rod, and that they're supposed to get the plates. Well, after the angel departs, Laman and Lemuel, immediately doubt saying: ¨How is it possible that we can get the plates, when Laban is so powerful?¨ So, I related this story to him, and if there's something I've learned from my trainer, it's that sometimes, you have to be bold. So I was very frank with him, and I told them that he has a choice. He had an incredible spiritual experience with his dream, and he can either be like Nefi, with an attitude of ´´I will go and do´´ Or he can be like laman and Lemuel, and immediately after his experience, doubt the power of the Lord, saying ´´How is it possible that the Lord can help me quit drinking?´´ I told him this, and when I was finished, I was actually surprised by how easily I had said it, and I truly felt like the spirit had guided me in that moment. He was pretty receptive to it, and told us that he was not going to drink anymore, so, I hope it works out!
For those of us, who may not receive answers in the forms of dreams or visions, we can relate it to the truths that we do know. We can commit to ourselves not to doubt the Lord. Not asking how it is possible that we can choose the right, or resist temptation, but we can trust in the Lord, and go forward with faith. That is our decision.
Thank you all for your love, Hope this week is great!
Love, -Elder Anderson