Good morning, all! Como estan?
The biggest news to share is that Sister Beck and I had a daughter! (We got a greenie). Her name is Hermana Juarez and came to the field 2 weeks before transfers because the CCM (MTC in Mexico) got mixed up and had her signed up for a 6-week spanish-learning program instead of the 2-week program for people that already speak spanish. She’s from Provo, and her dad is from Guatemala.
Being in a trio has been AWESOME. I’ve already learned SO MUCH and I’ve seen so many miracles come from it. I’ve learned a lot about teaching together as a team and about incorporating more scriptures.
Hna Juarez came on New Year’s Eve. That day we had to be done proselyting at 6, so we had posole dinner with a family in the ward and then went to a surprise birthday party for one of the sisters in our zone with all the other sisters in MoVal. We played games and listened to some jammin’ EFY music.
New Year’s day we got to spend the first half of the day cleaning the apartment (I took charge of the kitchen… which may not have been thoroughly cleaned since elders moved into the apartment in 2007. That oven was friggin nasty. And there was SOMETHING spilled in the bottom of the fridge a good while ago that I had the pleasure of scraping off.)
We had ZDM (Zone Development Meeting) on Saturday and talked about how we could all help our investigators to progress towards baptism. Then the sisters all went to Five Guys for lunch.
Hna Juarez also brought some good ideas with her from the CCM in Mexico. Yesterday, fast Sunday, she suggested we do an “English fast” as well as the regular fast (where we abstain from food or drink to pray for a specific purpose) and gave up speaking English for the day. (Except when we talked to the investigators we teach in English and stuff). It was really cool and I feel like I learned a lot from it.
Z still hasn’t been coming to church. We might have to stop teaching her for a while and let someone else come back to them later. This makes me so sad because I’ve come to love her and her family SO MUCH and I just want them to receive all the blessings that God has ready for them… but they have their agency and I can’t decide how they use it. God wants to give us blessings, but we have to do our part to receive them. My job right now is to entice them to do the right thing. (2 Ne 2:16)
Some of our other investigators though are doing really awesome. F is super prepared and wants to get baptized, but the only problem is his unsupportive family. We’re doing our best to help him make friends in the ward so he can have support from the ward family.
J is doing great too, but he’s kind of hard to get in contact with. He just got his job back though and we know his work schedule so it should be easier now. He has a date set for the 19th and we’re going to do everything we can to help him make that goal!
Love you all and hope you have a super duper week!
Hermana Deryk Howell
– A warning sign so nobody hits the wild donkeys. I’ve never seen them, but I’ve heard they’re really cute.