Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday America!

Happy 240th Birthday 'Merica!!! I hope this is the first and last time EVER I won't be there to celebrate it with you! Just know that I love and think of you often, you beautiful country!!!
Well this week we have used paper from a notebook as toilet paper. I've done it before, so I know that if you crumple it up 2 or 3 times, it gets ch-ch-ch Charmen soft! Also, I will now be using the word "joven" (said like hoven... Tristes gringos...) in place of "youth".
"But, umm... Elder Johns. We don't speak spani..."
I don't give a bag of Cheetos!! It sounds cooler in Spanish! Now, moving on.

Tuesday was a pretty good day. We started off with some good wholesome street contacting in front of the church. We contacted one lady and asked if she wanted to see the inside of the church, kinda like a VIP tour! She told us that yes, but another day. So, feeling glum after several attempts of VIP tours, we went inside the church to wait for the joven who was going to accompany us. And as we waited for the joven, the very same lady who told us yes came walking in with her husband! And let me tell you. We... Nailed it. I mean, the tour was flawless. After that, we had 4 more lessons in the day!

Wednesday we had 2 great lessons!! One with the mother of the 16 year old "soon to be" father. Her name is Maria and she is awesome. She has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and is reading it every time we visit her. She understands and accepts everything!!! Her baptism date is the 16th of July! Please shoot a prayer her way. The other was with a less active named Enoch who is coming back to church. He is one of the most humble people I have ever met. His wife is Shaila and is not a member. She accepted a baptism date for the 30th of July and is progressing fast. But they have a problem with a few legal papers before she can be baptized, so shoot a prayer their way as well!

Thursday is when things get a little nuts! We walked all day without success. Lessons fell, no one accepted, reminded me of the good old days in the center of Cuautla... Ah... memories...Finally 7:30 rolled around and we were waiting for an investigator to meet us at a park. We got a text at 8:00 from him telling us he was at his house and if we could still make it. So off we ran to get to the house and still have time to teach a lesson. We finally got there and sat down with the new investigator when in walks his wife! So there I was thinking, "awesome, 2 potential baptisms! This is great!!". Then in walk their kid, then another! Then another!!! All above the age of 8!!! YIPEE!!! In this moment I felt like a giddy school girl! This is every missionary’s dream! A family baptism!!! The family name is Blanco Garcia. I’m going to ask that you just load up your prayer pistol so you can shoot another prayer their way as well! Their date is for the 6th of august!

Friday was also a little crazy. We had 2 great lessons. The first was with a lady named Gabby and her uncle. We found them looking for Gabby’s sister, Delia who was a contact in the street. We taught the restoration and it was one of the most powerful lessons I've had so far! Both accepted baptism but have work to do, so for those about to pray... FIRE!!! We salute you!!! #acdc4life The second lesson we had was with Delia who also accepted everything even a baptism date for the 13th of august! Now watch how the Lord works. Delia couldn't come to church this week because of her work. The Blanco Garcia family is looking for an employee. So we traded their information and Delia started work today with them! Now she should be able to come to church this week!!! Pretty nuts!!! Keep firing that prayer pistol!!! *BANG! * That's what I'm talking about!!!

Saturday was pretty smooth. We (as in all of us chumps here in Cuautla) had a meeting with the new president of our mission, president Zapata! It was hard to see President Crickmore and his wife leave. But, the Zapata’s seem great! We'll see how it goes. Later we went to do an interview in Amayuca. And that was pretty much our day.

Awesome week this week!! Lots of work, lots to do, not a lot of sleep happenin', but totally worth it!!! Thank you for all your prayers!! The church is TRUE!!! When we fall, if we stay down, it's OUR fault. Christ has his hand stretched out constantly! Whether we want it, or not. I invite you all to strengthen your testimony no matter what level it may be at.
And most importantly, As Always!!!
Stay Classy,

Elder Johns

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