So this week started with a Zone BBQ! It was sweet! Me and elder Mcdonald, and Elder Dennis came up with it, and then we got the whole zone to help out. Everyone brought food and games and we all met in my original area, Texas City. We made hot dogs and had stuff to do sandwiches along with chips and drinks. We played football, lacrosse, and even slack lined! Then we ended it with a huge game of kickball! It all went really well. Everyone in our zone, like all 25 of us, got a lot closer as friends and got a lot more excited to be missionaries. And now we can take this excitement and friendship and help each other out a lot more in our own areas and with the people we teach. We will probably try to do something like this again in the coming weeks.
And then this week we ended up working on of our most crazy days with no phone. That meant we could not contact any investigators or lessons, we couldn’t talk to the other missionaries (we were supposed to teach a couple people in their areas), and we could not contact our ward mission leader about our meeting we had that night. So we just had faith that it would all work out, and it all did... kinda. We went to the lessons and taught most of them, and when a person cancelled, we were able to talk to their neighbors and set some other things up.
Then we went to our mission leader’s apartment complex for the meeting and found out that there was a baby shower where we normally have it. So we went and called him from the gate keypad box. He was pretty surprised, but we remembered it went straight to his cell phone so that is all we had. Long story short, we found out where the meeting was moved to, and the other Elders brought our new phone to the meeting. Finally we were able to set up our most important lesson, and we crushed it! And because we went by, they came to church on Sunday! They are the Palacios family, but they are not in our area...
But for our area, Ana Chicas is progressing super well. She is reading the Book of Mormon and praying all the time. The only problem is she backs out on church every week! So we need to figure out the problem there. It is probably because she doesn’t know anyone at church yet so she has no friends there. So we will just have to focus on getting members to the lessons with us this week.
And we have been working with 3 kids named Jonathon, Juan, and Julie Lopez. They are super fun. They are 15, 12, and 10. But because they are young, finding the true church is not so important to them. So we just need to work on getting them to a bunch of activities with other kids their age. Right now, we just go over and play games and have object lessons with them. But the really good part is their mom is super supportive of them talking to us! #blessings
Everything here is going by super fast now and this is when I don’t want it to. The first chunk of my mission I spent following the lead of some really great missionaries. That’s when we had a lot of success. Then in Port Lavaca, I was in the lead and we worked really hard, but it wasn’t always in the smartest way. I think I gave it my best, but I still had a lot missing. Now here, I am in the lead again, but also with a few great missionaries around me. Now I feel like I am working my hardest, best, getting the least amount of sleep, having a lot of productive fun, but that all just makes time go by way too fast. So now I have got the rest of the time to just progress as much as possible personally and also with the area. And now I think I have finally figured out what it takes to be a better leader and I am doing more with the responsibilities I have, which is super good.
Love you all!