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Sunday, July 31, 2011
7.25.11 -- Satelite, Hermosillo
Hey, so we had a baptism. I´m going to stop saying how many people because I don´t want this to become a contest of numbers. I´m getting sick and tired of missionaries that think that way. But yeah. We weren´t the ones baptizing anyway-we´ve been getting members to do the work for us lately. It´s much more efficient. Even if they have no idea how to do it sometimes. Although I got to conduct a meeting for the very first time--and E. Roberts even came from the Jardines area to show one of his investigators what a baptism is like. He is so skinny now. Anyway, we went to Carls Jr. afterwards to celebrate. E. Rivas likes to draw, if you hadn´t picked up on that. He graduated with a degree in graphic design before the mission. He´s also an amazing companion. I hope that doesn´t sound gay. And I hope that last sentence doesn´t offend anyone.
And here´s a picture of the dust storm we got through. Our shirts were brown at the end of that day. Also, rainbows do exist here. They´re just really really hot.
Apparently I talked in my sleep while I was sick. According to E. Rivas, I was talking in Spanish. Sweeeeet. But I´m not sick now. Although Spanish isn´t really a problem/obstacle anymore either.
The youth that got baptized a few months ago told us he wants to be a mission president at some point. I almost yelled out, "YEEEEESSSSSSSS!" in his face. But I didn´t.
I got to interview a 12 year old this week, an investigator of the sister missionaries. Before, though, we taught about a few principles from the lessons. I let the sister missionaries teach most of the lesson, but I was surprised at how easy the thoughts came to my mind. I started teaching as well, and I enjoyed it a lot. I didn´t think I would, because I´ve never considered myself to be very good as a teacher of children. In fact, I´ve never really done it before. That doesn´t mean I´m going to look for a job teaching children or something, but I was struck at how much the mission will help former missionaries fulfill their callings after returning home. I´m not saying I´m super prepared for anything, but I´ll be able to use so much of what I have learned. But it was great--there have been times that I´ve taught, and after the lesson, I´ve realized that the Spirit was working through me, talking. But only a few times have I been able to recognize that during a lesson. The lesson with the 12 year old was one of them. It was cool helping confirm her in Church last Sunday.
I need to find something that isn´t about me that I can share . . . I remember a quote from E. Bednar. This is paraphrased. He was in a mission conference, and a missionary asked him what they could do as missionaries when they were working, obedient, and doing everything possible to gave success, and they weren´t having it. He looked at the missionary and said, "If you have success, it is because God has chosen to give it to you. If you do not, you have to keep on working anyway. And if you do not, you have no faith. When I was a Bishop, a member came to me and asked for a blessing. Instead of asking him if he had the faith to be healed, I asked him if he had the faith to trust in God so much that if He wanted him to die right there, he would do it. The member was shocked, and said no. I told him to come back when he had the faith to ask, be denied, and keep believing. You as missionaries have to have that faith, or you will never have success."
I enjoyed that. Adios. I hope you all are doing well.