Hello Family and Amigos!
Before I start sharing the week, I remembered two more Spanish jokes that I have to share!
Q: ¿Que es la diferencia entre una pera y una novia?
A: ¡Una pera es pera, pero una novia no es pera! (no espera)
Q: ¿Que dijo la naranja cuando el limón caió en el agua?
A: ¡Limón! ¡Nada! (Limonada)
--- The second joke courtesy of Elder Black
Alright, now down to business. So yesterday, I translated for the two Hispanic men in Elders' Quorum during church. They both spoke a decent amount of English, which is good, because I was doing good to get the general idea across! I've done very few things in my life as mentally exhausting as this! And that wasn't even a hard lesson because they read from "The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson" at frequent intervals and both of the Hispanics had them in Spanish so I took a break each time they read. As hard as it was, I was surprised how much I could communicate! The spirit definitely helped me to recognize ways to say things using the vocabulary that I have (#giftoftongues)! My goal is to be able to translate comfortably (no summarizing) by the end of my third month. I know with God's help it's possible, because He helps us to be able to do whatever we need in order to help others come unto Christ.
We met lots of people this week. A few in particular were pretty drunk when we first met them but we got their contact info and came back other days throughout the week and we caught some of them home. At least one, in particular, is certainly interested in the gospel of Jesus Christ. He really wants to know God better, has a wife and kids whom he loves who live in Mexico while he's working here, and otherwise is a super humble, kind guy who wants to come closer to his savior. We keep encountering people prepared to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ as we are doing other things or going to other appointments. "Talk to Everyone" is one of our favorite sections of PMG right now, as we make sure to not be in such a hurry that we miss chances to serve!
Elder Matt Smith with