Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Esta cayendo los patos asados

Supposedly that means that it is falling the barbecued ducks. Kind of like it is raining cats and dogs. But this means it is really hot. One Elder told me that they say that here but I have yet to believe it. Okay! What even happened this week. Oh!! So there is this family here, their name is the Guzmans and they are SO NICE they are just the best and they honestly help the missionaries so so much. They are converts of 6 years and they are one of the main reasons that the ward even functions. But they have a son of 14 years who has Downs syndrome and he was never baptized, I don't know if they just didn't ask if he could be baptized cuz they didn't know or what but for some reason he just was never baptized. But we found out this week that he totally can be and their family is SOOO excited it is so cute, the dad is going to baptize him on the 17 of septiembre is what were planning on and he's never baptized anyone before so its going to be awesome but it was just the cutest thing when we told them that he is able to be baptized. What our mission president said is that Denilo, the sons name, is perfect and he is going to go to the celestial kingdom anyways no doubt about that so baptism is more for the family and so he can get the priesthood and pass the sacrament and eventually go through the temple with his family. So that is exciting. 

Im super glad you guys got my letters! Although I literally cant remember what I said hahaha. Awkward. I sent some postcards to Cait and J so hopefully they got those too.

So I suppose I haven't really talked much about the work beyond the fact that theres Haitians and we teach about as many menos activos as we do investigators. The thing with menos activos is they are just. Difficult. In the scriptures, when Alma is going to teach the Zoramites with his brethren, the only people they were able to teach were those who had been compelled to be humble by being thrown out. And here, there is not a lot of people who have been compelled to be humble. More often than not, people stop going to church because they were offended, or they prioritize other things over asistencia, or they think they know everything and they don't think they need to go. Whatever reason it is, everyone has one or two or lots of reasons why they don't go and while they may be willing to let us into the house (when we find them and they actually open the door), they really aren't willing to change. And it is hard to preach to them and read the scriptures with them because they KNOW the things we are saying they just aren't willing to APPLY them and it is through application that testimony is received. With investigators, they are learning these things for the first time so if we can make them understand the importance of this doctrine and help them keep their commitments, then they will be able to receive a testimony of our words. Menos activos knew these things once but have since fallen away and is really hard to know how to help someone when they dont' want to be helped or they think they don't need our help, that they are above it.

ANYWAYS. Sorry for that rant. We are having progress, it is just very slow and sometimes it is hard to feel successful as a missionary when someone is progressing progressing progressing and then boom I want nothing to do with you guys. But anyways. This p-day we went to a park with our district and played captura la bandera, or capture the flag, and flag football and then ate food afterward. It was super fun.

Oh I had two more people this week tell me I don't look like Im american. Do people not know that there are brown people in America?

Okay, I love you!! Until next week!

Hermana Rand