Welp. Another week. Not really sure what to write about. AGAIN. Its been a pretty normal week. Or half of a week, since I just wrote you on Wednesday. But whatever. So this week's email might be a little shorter than most. . . .
Umm. We had a really cool lesson with Miriam, Irma's daughter, the other day. We asked her if she read the chapter in the Book of Mormon we left her and she said she did. Multiple times. She said she loved how she felt so much while she read it that she had to keep reading it over and over again. We invited her to be baptized and she accepted for the first week of February. Man, these kind of experiences keep happening to us and I just can't believe it. They are the kind of stuff you read about or watch on those stupid Mormon movies- I never thought they'd actually happen to us.
OH! And Monico- who we were helping study for his citizenship test, PASSED! He is now a citizen of the United States of America, and that means that three of his kids in Mexico can now come here! It was truly a miracle. We were helping him study, but he would just get so so stressed that he couldn't remember anything, and would make himself sick. And it really was just not productive at all. And Irma kept getting frustrated at him for not studying, and it just made things worse. So we gave them a quick rundown of the priesthood and asked them if they would both like a blessing. They accepted, and the Elders came over and gave both of them really awesome blessings. In Monico's he was told that if he would be able to study, and if he did he would pass his test. Before that blessing Monico knew maybe 10 out of the 100 questions that he had to know for the test. When we came back a few days later to help study again, he knew 80! And he PASSED!!!! Man, it was such a happy moment when Irma called us to tell us. We went over to celebrate after with pan dulce and abuelita hot chocolate. :) And can I just tell you how much I love Irma? More than I can express. She is so good to us too- she always feeds us, or gives us medicine if we aren't feeling good, she sewed a button onto my coat, and she just loves us. She takes care of us. And she is so sincere. And I really can't express in words in an email how much I love that woman. She fell of date for the end of January because she wasn't able to come to church yesterday, but she will still be getting baptized. She told us on Saturday that she works every Sunday, but before we even said anything she told us that she was going to ask her boss for Sundays off, because she has worked every Sunday for the past two years, and now she knows she needs to go to church. SHE IS AMAZING! So she asked yesterday, and we don't know the verdict yet, but keep her in your prayers and she will get Sundays free.
Scary story. The Velasquez family from our ward went to Mexico for the holidays. and oh man scariest thing ever happened to them. They were driving south, and were just 10 minutes away from the border when a little car pulled in front of them and slowed down until they were stopped. And these guys jumped out of the car and were pointing guns at them and yelling at them to open the door. And when they did, they saw Josue, the Velasquez's son with down syndrome and Josue was SCREAMING at them, and then they started yelling about how it was a family and they got in their car and drove away. So yeah. Josue saved the day. Moral of the story- don't drive to Mexico.
I think thats about all I've got for you so far this week. It sounds like things are going good there. Crazy busy as always, right? Going to Hollywood, and Mexico, and all sorts of crazy adventures. Not even fair. Keep up the good work, team. Get good grades and all that stuff I didn't do. Love you all!
fotos are of me in the sweet hats the Velasquez family brought back from Mexico