One of these days we'll actually have a normal preparation day (which is becoming less normal every week)! Until then, I'll keep it short.
<Left to right: Jenny Soto, Member from Destin, Arely Soto holding Michelle (Jenny's daughter), other unknown member, me, Hermana Alba Rosa, her mother peeking out behind her, and of course Eduardo popped in!
The Lopez kids are doing great and we take Jesus and Eduardo with us to lessons once a week (alternating each week) as they want to serve missions in the future!
We've recently found a ton of new people to teach and had one of the most difficult and productive weeks of my mission! Elder Scalise has been struggling with the language, and it doesn't help that - since I really got comfortable with the language right as he got here - I kind of talk a lot. We've really been working on evening that out recently, and accidently ran into a barbeque we weren't invited to just last night where we actually got a lot of (Spanish Speaking) practice in! Anytime you go to a Spanish get-together, the conversations pick up in volume, speed, and quantity and it was great timing to run into these recent investigators who immediately invited us (which in Spanish culture is a lot closer to a command than an invite) to eat with them. We met several of their kids who no longer lived at home and they were blown away by what we do, then you should have seen their faces when they found out that we chose this ourselves, don't get paid, email family once a week with 2 phone calls a year, and get assigned to live with and work with people we don't know. My testimony of mission rules grows every time someone hears about what we do. There's really only one incentive to serve a mission when it comes down to it: the church is true and we have a testimony of it! They especially couldn't believe that us 19 yr olds cooked for ourselves! Ha!
And so, the challenge of the week is...learn how to cook/prepare a dish that you didn't know how to before! It doesn't have to be fancy but it can if you want. Just learn how to fry eggs, make pasta, German pancakes, fresh tortillas, whatever! Have fun! Provecho! (Basically "Enjoy" or "Bon Appetite")
Love you all so much! Have a wonderful week and we'll talk more next time!
The church is true!