Monday, October 27, 2014
Well the time flies when you are having fun! This marks 5 months in Mexico (although because of weird stuff in two weeks I hit the 1/4 mark)! I cannot believe how much I have changed and learned here, its honestly so amazing how much things have changed. I am significantly skinnier than when I left, I apparently give the mission lessons in my sleep on occasion, and I am completely comfortable with Mexican dogs driving and food no longer tastes right without a little bit of salsa; although the biggest change is that I have developed the need to put lettuce cheese and tomatoes on hamburgers, those of you who know me, realize the significance of this development. More than changing eating habits, my companion and I have been working hard here in barrio progreso. Unfortunately it looks like this is going to be a difficult transfer to baptize in, which given that we are supposed to be in an area that is easy to baptize in, is a major problem. I often wonder if I am the reason why none of my companions and I have success in baptizing. It seems like I go with people and immediately its like the area stops baptizing or my companion stops a streak, I dunno. Its not like anyone can pinpoint something that I am doing wrong specifically, and I feel like I am working, but still at times you wonder if its because of me.
All of that said I had an interesting experience this week where we had to leave a dad of family of recent converts because he just was not progressing (out of sheer laziness). I chastised him pretty darn hard, but it actually brought me to tears because I could not imagine how I would feel if a missionary was teaching my Dad, and had to leave him. Needless to say that was hard. The area that I am in is a little bit poorer, and spread out, so we are always taking buses, which I think were designed for someone around 5 foot 8 because I almost always hit my head on the railings. I remembered this week something that Bishop Jaggi always said to me that really touched my heart, he always said that the harder you work on your mission the more beautiful your wife (he never failed to comment he was nearly running between appointments in his mission). I don't know if that is really true, but I have honestly found that I get so many more blessings, so many more people to teach, and the spirit so much more when I work hard, and I love it. Anyways, I am out of time
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