HELLO, FAMILYSo crazy how small of a world it can be. Nick, training a buddy from high school in Jake Nilson, and Eric getting his call to Rome, Italy to be with Jake Stout. haha...... Someone better come to Tampico or I'm gonna feel left out. What's the low down on the house? Are you gonna sell it or what?
This week was a really good week. We've really focused more this week on finding new people to teach. And our work paid off! This week we found 9 new investigators!! There are a few way solid ones. We'll be going back to visit them this week and see where they are. But the work is definitely progressing here in this area. From where it was, to where it is now, is incredible. My first 6 weeks with Elder Marin, we found 1 new investigator. ONE. and in my almost 12 weeks with Elder Delgado, we've found 35. Pretty amazing to see the amount things can change with a little change of attitude and faith and work methods.
We've been very blessed to see many wonderful things happen in this area. Irma continues to progress!! She's doin so good and tryin soo hard to stay on the right path. We had to change her baptismal date... it was gonna be for March 1, or this Saturday, but our leaders made us change it to March 8th cuz she missed going to church a Sunday a couple weeks back. Which means that I most likely won't be here when she gets baptized.... becuase the transfers come this Sunday, and most likely they're gonna change me out of this area because I've already been here for 4 months. Kinda a bummer.... but nothing is for sure yet. Who knows, they could leave me here. But if they change me, It'll be sad for sure not to be able to see her get baptized... but, however, I know that I, alongside my companion, played a big role in introducing her to the gospel and helping her along this path. For that, I'll forever be grateful. But we'll see what happens.
This week we had a couple of really powerful lessons. We found this one less-active guy that stopped going to church 20 years ago named Xicotancatl. Ya, if you don't speak Spanish, good luck pronouncing that one :) It sounds like Heekotankalk. haha. But hes a stud... and in the visit we had with him, I felt so powerful in bearing my testimony to him about the truthfulness of this gospel. After I had finished bearing my testimony to him he told me, "Elder, in these last couple of minutes, I've felt something open in my heart. I don't know what it is, but my heart has been touched, and I'll definitely pray to see if this really is the truth." Experiences like that don't happen all that often... but when they do, they're things that you'll never forget. And I know that I'll never forget the spirit that we all felt in that moment. It was undeniable. Things like this don't happen anywhere else besides the mission.... I'm so thankful for this opportunity.Sounds like things are goin well back home. Miss you all each and every day but I love you all so much. Hope you all have a fantastic week :)