We are still just going to town down here! always working hard! this week i started the week with an intercambio (splits in English)... God puts you with people for a reason. I'm very grateful for my companion! We obviously dont always get along perfectly, but for the most part we love each other and work really well together!
Then we just continued with the week taught people, shared the love of christ, met some crazy people. you know, just the normal stuff.
We met this guy named Nelson, he has some sort of neurosis which makes his life really hard but he was a really nice guy, sincerely searching for change. We taught him a bit then came back another day and he was like completely changed! he had cleaned his whole house, he was wearing clean clother, he had done his hair, it was impressive! So we are going to see where that goes!
We also got a reference from some elders in another sector, we went and visited this guy and he just like smiled and acted like we were besties and let us in. we didnt havea lot of time so we didnt teach much but just basically talked to him and set up an appointment to come clean his house and teach him. Hes super funny, he talks like a zillion miles per hour so its kinda hard to understand him but hes super duper nice. he always talks about how young he looks hahaha he is 50, thinks he looks 40, and looks 60. His mom died in June so he is super lonely. but we had to leave before we could do much for him we came back... this guy never throws anything away. He was willing to when it came time to clean but we found so much crap and random rotten food. we only cleaned like one tiny room, and there were massive spiders everywhere! but we survived! and then taught him a lesson and he just like accepted anything... it made me wonder if he was even listening. he really just accepted all of it as fact. we kept trying to ask questions to make sure he was understanding and he was but he didnt even seem like it was new to him. Then we invited him to church. He just showed up no problem! it was sweet! he really loved the meeting, lots of people talked to him and he felt good. Hopefully we keep working with him.
The church here is wierd... i dont know, we just lack good leaders. we had church talks about temple sealings, then the Bishop got up and gave this big shpeel about one time when he helped an elder cast out a devil. it was... lots, it definitely hurt the progress of Dariela. the kids just run around and up on the stairs, they scream and nobody goes and gets them. its just madness, it is really almost painful. We also have this gospel principles class for recent converts and investigators... I dont even know where to start with that, we have this one awesome guy who has some mental problems so he doesnt think about the noise hes making, he just talks to the little kids, gives them his phone to play games on full volume... we struggle. and the teacher is... very opinionated. We had 2 recent convert ladies. one returning less activy lady, and 3 women investigators... i said that wierd but you get the picture... long story short we were talking about the sabath day and she told all of the women, very factually and forcefully, that they had to wear skirts to church otherwise they were being disrespectful and provocative. Me and my comp were just dying. it was so bad. we had to defuse all sorts of bombs. but despite all of this... stuff. They always feel the spirit. We can just have an awful day at the church, i just feel like the world is crumbling, but then we ask the people about it and they always feel something. therefore. the spirit helps us SO MUCH! SOOOO MUCHHHH!
Later that night we found this street that was like crazy accepting... almost everyone we talked to gave us another time to come, and not just like, "ya whenever but not right now" they were like specific! so yeah, lots of them are probably gonna say "ummm actually no" but even if just a few work out... it was a crazy street! then we visited these people, taught them the first lesson and gifted the book of mormon. i dont know how to explain why these people are different... sometimes they just feel better. the prepared of the Lord.
The work is beautiful. i am so happy to be here! cambios are coming on saturday... i doubt any of the four of us are gonna leave but we will see.
I love you all! keep the faith!
Just some pictures! A few from the beach... sorta
a random light up train
the Vargas family
fun with food for those of us who dont have an oven or a stove!