Hey all! I hope everyone is doing awesome! This week has been a pretty good one for me. Especialmente porque hoy estoy en la ciudad!! I'm sending this email from DOWNTOWN CHICAGO! YAYY!!!! We are going to go to the Willis (formally Sears) tower, and to Navy Pier, and the Magnificent Mile, and Millenium Park, all of that good touristy stuff. Its also awesome here because of the weather. I mean its not warm by any means, but it is now nearly the middle of February and we have had snow on the ground like three times, and it all melted by the next day basically. Crazy. I thought Chicago winters were supposed to be miserable? I really hope I'm not jinxing it by saying that. . . . Don't get me wrong, I'm plenty cold.
Last week on PDay we had a zone service activity, and I was super not excited to spend my PDay doing service- I know, I'm selfish. But it turned out to be really awesome. We volunteered for this organization called Feed My Starving Children, and we packed boxes full of food for starving children. We did look slightly ridiculous wearing lunch lady hair nets though. . . But itt was really really cool. Def would be down for doing it again.
Thursday was a really really good day. It started out looking like it would be awful, nearly all of our appointments cancelled, and we had a lot of stop bys planned, hoping that we could find someone and people would be home and let us into their house. And the very first person we had on our list to stop by was Rosa. Rosa is the Bishop's niece, the one who told us she wanted to be baptized right before Christmas, we taught everyday for a week, and then disappeared. Well we can't stop by her house too much because its so far away from everything else, but we went over their and a man let us in. Turns out the man that let us in is the husband of Rosa's sister, who wants to be baptized, but her husband won't let her- so its actually SUPER surprising that he let us in at all. So he let us in and we met Rosa's sisters and nieces, and then waited FOREVER for Rosa to come down stairs. When she finally came down she was super awkward and told us she doesn't want to change religions right now. I mean, it was kind of disappointing, but she had basically already dropped us so it was nice to at least get a for sure response from her. And I honestly don't feel like this is the end with her or her sisters. I think a lot more is going on in that house than we realize, and it is just not a good situation for those women. I hope they can get out of it. But it was really good to see her, she was still friendly and everything, and I'm really glad we were able to find her.
Later Thursday night we had an appointment with la esposa de Alejandro, who we found last week. Her name is Ana, and she fell straight from investigator heaven. When we got there it was just super comfortable. We got to know her a little bit more, and she got to know us. And then instead of us leading into the lesson, she did! We were just chatting, and then she pulled out her Libro de Mormon and super excitedly told us, "I read!" We had left her Ether chapter 12 to read, and she went on to tell us all about it and what she liked about it and this or that part made her realize this and think about that. . . It was amazing, I'm pretty sure Hermana Maughan and I were in shock. She told us that she felt a peace when she was reading it, but she recognized that it went away when she wasn't reading, and she wants to be able to feel those feelings all the time. We taught her about the first half of the Plan of Salvation and she was telling us how she has always wondered what happens to us after we die, and had all of these great questions and responses related to agency. She is amazing. I can't even explain it. We were there for about an hour, and I feel like we could have stayed all night and taught her everything and it wouldn't have been too much, she wouldn't have gotten bored or anything. The whole time we were there she was on the edge of her seat- literally. She is so prepared for the Gospel its unbelievable. I really really hope I don't get transferred next week, because I know that this woman is getting baptized soon and I so want to be there for it.
Bad news, Irma and Miriam's families are having some really rough times so we haven't been able to meet with them for a couple of weeks. There are all sorts of health problems and other stuff going on, I'm not even really sure on the specifics, but its really causing Irma some stress, and we haven't been even able to get a hold of Miriam. So if you could please please pray for them, I think it would really help. I still feel like Irma and Miriam have genuine desire to follow Christ, and to be baptized, but the adversary is attacking their families. And the fact that Irma still hasn't been able to get work off on Sundays puts a damper on her ability to be baptized as well. :( Please remember them in your prayers.
On Friday Hermana Maughan and I were invited to go to mission council and leadership training. Its a meeting for the zone leaders and district leaders and they always invite two companionships of sisters. I was invited to go with Hermana Summers back in like September too. It was cool I guess. REALLY long. From 9 am to 4 pm, and the majority of it is sitting and when we weren't sitting we were doing roleplays. oh soooo fun. . . But we got to learn some good stuff, and of course got free lunch and got to see other missionaries, which is always cool. Elder Nilsen who was in my district in the MTC was there! He is already a district leader and training. It kind of scared me to think that if he is training already, I could. Def don't want that to happen anytime soon. . .
Anyway, I think thats about all I've got for you this week. Next week is transfers! Not too excited about the possibilities, but we'll get the calls this Saturday and then transfers on Tuesday, so I'll let you know whats going to happen next week.
I hope that everyone is doing awesome! Love you tons!