Another Week Rolls By...
(written 12 Mar 2018)
Hello, everyone! It has been a really good week, filled with both good and bad. First of all, I have some crazy news!... or I could wait to tell you later somewhere in the middle of this email. Mwhahahahahaha.
To start off with, Roxana is doing great! We taught both Roxana and Eladio (her boyfriend) a few times this week. We taught them about the Law of Chastity, and on exchanges, Elder Kopp and Elder Johnson (one of the Zone Leaders) taught them about Eternal Families. Roxana and Eladio both came to the Book of Mormon study class this Friday (sadly, it was the ONE TIME we had a ton to do and didn't stay long enough to see them there). Eladio went to California at the beginning of the weekend, and Roxana came to church with her son, Andres.
We have been having a good time in the Vintage together. I don't know if you already knew, but we live with 2 English-speaking missionaries. We've all been really busy lately packing and things, because we're going to be moving! Haha! I was sneaky and stuck it in the middle of the paragraph! Now you can't just easily skim over the letter and find out what the news was. It's really sad to leave the Vintage. It's especially sad because the Vintage is extremely nice, with a lot of amenities. The new apartment is on Crest St. and is called the Crestview apartments. It's going to be a definite downgrade, though. The appliances are really old, and we don't have a laundry machine accessible. It's alright, though, because we've been learning about the different laundromat options, and we have some amazing members for our new neighbors! It's pretty exciting. I'm now going to write a little bit so you can't just look at the end of this paragraph and learn too much. I want to be sure everything is/was a surprise.
Sadly, we had to drop Jessica as an investigator. We've been working really hard with her for a really long time, but when we went by, she told us "I don't want to search for the truth right now. Maybe later, but I'm busy and don't want to right now." We tried to help her, but she refused and started being really stubborn and pushing back, almost arguing with us. So, we just decided to let her go. It's really sad, but it's what she needs right now.
However, the story does not end there. We were tracting last night, and after only a few doors, a man named Jose opened the door and invited us directly in! Apparently, he moved from Mexico very recently, only a few months ago. He told us he likes talking with missionaries from various faiths, but had never talked with Mormon missionaries before. We shared with him about the Book of Mormon, then the message of the Restoration. He was captivated by the idea that we actually have a book that can be used as a proof or test of what we share with the world. He loved the idea! When we finished talking, he told us "I suppose I can just read this book, pray about if it's true, and find out about the rest!" He asked us to come by Wednesday night.
We were later heading somewhere else when, all of a sudden, we realized that not 1 day after dropping Jessica, we had been greatly blessed with an amazing new investigator. This was heightened greatly by the astounding realization that the return appointment on Wednesday we had set with him was at the time we had planned originally to visit Jessica. I am always impressed with how God blesses us so quickly. As soon as our schedule was free enough, He led us to one of His other children.
Questions from Editor Mom
What notable things happened this week? - We had to let go of Jessica as an investigator. Roxana is doing well, though, and we've found a ton of really amazing new people to work with!
Grandma Linda wants to know how happy you are on a scale from 1-10, 10 being best. - I always find it strange to rate anything at a 10, because I feel like things can always get better. However, with that in mind, I'd say about an 8.5 or 9.
What are you doing for fun on P-days? - Elder Kopp and I like playing card games a lot, and we also do sports, prepare for the week, and occasionally other things as they come up.
Do you need anything? - Not really, no. I can't think of anything.
A photo tour of Ben's new apartment: