Thursday, November 20, 2014

This week was amazing. We were able to have two really great activities that really made me feel like I was making a difference in the lives of these people. The first activity was on the 31st and we went to the park in Tlaltenango because they were having an activity for day of the dead and there were lots of people with their stands and a couple in the ward were able to help us with the set up, and we had a lot of success. It was amazing because we shared the phamplets ¨Mi familia¨ and ¨The Plan of Salvation¨ we also were able to explain a little bit about the restoration and the Book of Mormon. It was great because some of the people were really concerned about their deceased family members and we were able to comfort them and tell them that they´d be able to see them again. It was also really neat to see all the people dressed up in their costumes next to their day of the dead stands.

The next activity that we did was singing at the retirement home. I absolutely loved this because the old people were SOOO excited to see us! I had such a great time. We sang a few songs and then we just sat and talked to them for about 30 minutes. I had the opportunity to get to know a lady ¨Berta Garcia¨ who is a doll. I absolutely love this lady. She told me that she had no husband, no children, no brothers or sisters and that she always just lived with the families whose houses she cleaned. I was so happy to be able to talk to her and get to know her a little too. We even took some pictures together, but she refused to look at the camera so she´s just looking at me...ha! but at the end I got her to make some funny faces for a pictures. I printed them out and I can´t wait to be able to give it to her. I´m not sure when the ward is planning on going again, but I might just give it to one of the members who goes a little more frequently.

I had discovered that activities are great ways of getting people involved and getting people to trust the missionaries. We´re thinking about doing an activity up in the area of Monte Casino by the family group because apparently there are a decent number of inactive people that live in that area. We were thinking of getting a list of the people that live up there and getting a small group of ward members to go up with us to give these people a visit. I´m not sure when this would be, but I hope that whenever we do it that it´ll be successful. We´re also planning a family home evening with the ward to try to get everyone a little bit more involved because some of the members don´t really know the other memebers that well. We´re also trying to get the Bishop a little more involved too because we never see him unless it´s Sunday. I think maybe his family could use some love from the missionaries, just to let him know that we care about him and the ward.

We have a few baptizms coming up Greco (on the 8th) and Lucy (on the 15th). Greco is a 9 year old who is hilarious. He has gone to church for the majority of his life, and his dad recently gave him permission to get baptized!! He always makes us laugh ¨ummm hermanas....esto es como un repaso verdad? porque....bueno, ya me lo sé todo!¨ He is such a sweet boy. Lucy is amazing as well. I´m not sure if you remember Alberto? He was the one with whom we shared the talk ¨The Blueprint of God´s church,¨...well, he didn´t progress as we would have liked, but hopefully he´ll see the need to get baptized after the baptizm of his mother, Lucy! Haha! He isn´t too interested for the moment, but that didn´t stop us from getting to his mom! She´s currently fighting against the desire to drink coffee...your prayers for Lucy would greatly be appreciated!

I can´t believe I´m turning 21 on Sunday you guys, this is crazy!!

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