Hey. Sorry I forgot to tell you I wouldn't be emailing yesterday. I completely forgot. But before I forget, I won't be emailing til next Tuesday again. We have zone meeting on Monday. Also, I'm not really sure at what time we'll be emailing, because we're going to the temple. First time in a year! yayyy.
This week was pretty good. We started off the week awesome, getting 7 new investigators in 2 days, and then finished off the week the best way possible with general conference. lets start off by talking about general conference. Cos that was awesome. First of all, Saturday was a nightmare. Due to a plethora of unfortunate mishaps we were late to both sessions on Saturday. So I missed the announcement from Pres Monson. Oh man when we finally showed up and one of the elders passed me a note telling me that girls could go on missions at 19 and boys at 18 I almost turned around and punched the elders that made us late. I really am interested to see how things change. Unfortunately I probably won't be in the mission when we really get to see the changes. I do know a lot of girls that are suddenly having to do some serious praying about what to do. My favorite favorite talk was Elder Holland's. Of course. Man, that guy is SUCH a baller.
The beginning of the week though was def the highlight. Tuesday we found a family we've been looking for for weeks. The parents are both inactive members, that haven't been to church since they moved here from Guatemala. The hermano's sister is also an inactive member that we've been visiting. Non of these people are in the ward records so its kind of a miracle we even know about them. But anyway, the parents are inactive, and they have three kids, Edgar who is 10, Jenny 8, and Rosemily 4. The hermano is super stoked for us to come and teach them, and wants to come back to church. He just quit his job so he can come on Sundays, but he can't drive. His wife, that can has started to go to a different church and seems a little bit hesitant to have us come over. But the kids are awesome. They have basically no gospel understanding, but they are super eager to learn. We got them some Books of Mormon last time we were there, and asked if they want to get baptized. They really want to, and their dad wants them to. We just have to see if we can get permission from the mom, and then all things go.
Tuesday we were also finally able to get in with another lessactive partmember family we've been looking for for a while, also from Guatemala. We are really working hard at getting the hermano to come back to church. He says he wants to, and that he wants his daughter who we are teaching to get baptized, but he just hasn't really put in the effort necessary. And he daugther, who is 11 has been pretty standoffish towards us, until this last Tuesday. Finally we made some progress with her. We watched the restoration movie and taught her how to pray and she was actually participating and gave us hugs as we left.
Wednesday we had another finding miracle. A few months ago we had a few extra minutes before an appointment , so we parked down the street from where our appointment was so I could make a few phone calls. While I was doing that, Hermana Milliron saw a hispanic woman go into the house we were parked in front of and got super excited. She asked if we could come back and knock the house. I was like, "okay, yeah, whatever." haha and then we went to the appointment. A few weeks later Millie all of a sudden started wanting to try that house every time we had a free minute, so we did. But we didn't find anyone at home. We tried like 3 or 4 times. But then Wednesday we had about 15 minutes before an appointment, so we stopped by this house again. I told her it was all on her to do the door approach, since she was the one that was so intent on knocking the house. A woman answered the door and Millie said, "Hi! We're missionaries and we're here in the area sharing a message with families about Christ." and then instead of saying she was busy or no, like I expected the woman just stood there and looked at us expectantly. Like, "Okay. tell me your message." I had a brought a Book of Mormon up to the door, and decided to try a new approach, that some zone leaders and told us about a while ago- basically teaching truths right there on the door step. So I told her we had new scripture that talked about Christ and his dealings in the Americas, and asked her if we could come in for just 10 minutes and tell her about the Book of Mormon. She said yes, and she totes surprised me. I almost asked if there was another time we could come back, since I was expecting her to say no. So we went in, and met her two daughters, and taught them about the Book of Mormon. They seemed pretty interested and agreed to read it and pray about it. We have another appointment with them this week.
The rest of the week went pretty well. We are trying to meet with people more often and have shorter appointments. Its working out pretty well so far. The Armenta's are letting us come by and read with them every couple of days, and we're trying to get in with other families as well to teach them more often.
Oh, another cool story. Last week we made a goal to receive a referral and we didn't really know where it was going to come from, but we set one in faith and hoped for it to happen. And the next day we got a referral from church headquarters! we NEVER get church hq referrals, so that in and of itself was a miracle. We spent all of that week trying to find him. Stopping by his house and different times, and calling, but nothing. Then this week, we were kind of like, okay this is it, last try. And we stopped by in the morning, and no one answered, and then I called and left another message. and within half an hour he called us back. He has family members that are members of the church, and he told me he really wants to meet with us to learn about the Book of Mormon, and learn more than what he already knows. So we have an appointment on Thursday with him. :)
So things are starting to pick up, I really hope they continue this way.
I hope all is going well for you. I hope Morgan starts feeling better!
Love you all.
service for the Salgados