I've been here in the mission for 6 months now!! Its crazy how fast the time goes, I'm already 1/4 done with my mission! As I reflected over the time I've had, I realized how much I have learned in such a short time period. The mission is really hard and I've had plenty of trials, but the experiences and the lessons I've had were so amazing. I'm excited to keep moving forward, and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to serve for another 18 months!
So yeah, the beginning of this week was fairly normal, we're working really hard to help our investigators improve and progress, but it's kind of a struggle. We haven't had any investigators in church for 2 weeks in a row now... It's frustrating, because we are working really hard and doing our best, but they just don't seem to have a desire to really do their part. Although its really sad for me and frustrating, I know that we have done everything we could to help them, and that they have their own agency.
This weekend was kind of a disaster... On Saturday we only had 1 lesson all day. It was terrible. We probably went to the houses of 15 investigators, and all of them were "busy." Sometimes I just want to shake them and say "this message is more important that whatever else you are doing now. You're going to sit down and we are going to teach and you're going to be happy." But ya know, I can't do that.
We had a nasty experience with our former investigator Nataly. We returned to teach her another time this transfer with Elder Velazquez and it appeared that she was really ready to recieve the message this time and progress to baptism. But it came to our attention that she has been lying to us. When we went to her house on Saturday, we were about to teach her a lesson when someone knocked on the door. She came back and said that we needed to leave. When we were leaving, we saw that there was a scruffy looking teenager at the door. He looked mean. I offered him my hand for a handshake, and he slapped my hand away. When Elder Velazquez told him have a nice day, he told us to get out of the house and other nasty things. Turns out that he is her boyfriend. I don't think we'll be going back with Nataly for a while.
And then on Sunday... I was sick. It stuck, I wanted to work really hard to make up for only having 1 lesson on Saturday, but I couldn't. I had to rest for a bit at the house. And then we went out again, even though I still felt sick. Luckily we were able to have some good lessons, but it was a rough weekend overall. Thankfully I woke up this morning better from my sickness.
Sometimes it is so hard to keep going forward. Some days are just plain crazy. But the good thing is that these times will never last. I was so tired and frustrated, but I wasn't discouraged. I was able to remember that these trials would only last for a small moment. I remembered Jesus Christ and the many things he suffered. He suffered infinitely more than I have suffered. And because he loves me, he provided a way for these trials to just be for a small moment. I was able to wake up today feeling good and hopeful, and I am so very thankful for the opportunity to start this week fresh.
Thats all I've got for this week, I love you all!