Hello E'rebody!!! First off, we miss Elder Galloway, but we know he's going to be a fantastic trainer! That said...we are really enjoying the extra space with just two of us! We've just been dejunking in the apartment as we go about each day left and right! We went through all the clothes left from past missionaries and Elder Black found a whole suit that fit him great, while I came across a super nice pair of pants that fit great and are super comfortable. It's awesome!
In important news, Thursday night, Elder Black and I split up (he went with one member and I went with Jose Torres) to go to two separate appointments. My first time teaching without Elder Black or Elder Galloway and ya, I was a little nervous about the language (especially since I was teaching about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it's pretty much all in past tense, my Achilles' heel in Spanish), but we went to teach at the Lopez' home (Julia, Eduardo, and Jesus) and their Mom, Sergia [pronounced "sehr-hee-uh"], was there and has started participating in the lessons! She already has faith in the Book of Mormon, the Church, and, most importantly and obviously, Jesus Christ. She is just learning at this point to prepare to be baptized and confirmed and she even came to church on Sunday! We're so excited for them and happy for all the good that family brings to one another!
Our District Before Transfers
Zone Leaders; Elder Howard and Elder Jones.
On top of all that, remember me telling you all about helping with that one house where we were clearing it out with a machete? Well the mom of that family (the Cruz family) goes to English class each week and their son is 18 (Wilmur) and we have gone over to help a couple times now and really love them so much! They are so much fun and their new home is coming along as well! They hope to move into it in a couple of months! We hope to start teaching them about the gospel as well sometime this week and maybe see one of Wilmur's soccer games o algo ask! (or something like that!)
For those of you who have handwritten me, sorry I've taken so long writing back! It's crazy busy here! We're meeting so many new people all the time and meeting regularly with more and more wonderful people each week! All the same, I just got the last letter in the mail in reply to anyone who's written me and an email to just about everyone who has emailed me so I'm ready for round two ;) haha, just sayin...
I want to start doing something each week, give a challenge to everyone who reads this. You don't have to but if you feel like trying, I'd love to hear your experiences that you may have! So this week's challenge: Start a conversation with a complete stranger each day this week (stranger danger still applies, but just someone you don't know and may or may not see again in your life). Ask them their name, where they're from, about their family, what's their aspirations in life, and/or what skill(s)/talent(s) do they have/are they developing or learning? Just look up from the phone and stretch out of your comfort zone a little. The worst that could happen? You never see them again. Best case scenario? You make a lifelong friend. Most likely? You have a good story to tell next time you're with your friends. Try it :)
That's all the time I have for this week, but keep learning, growing, improving, and experiencing life! I love you all and feel your prayers helping me, my companion, and our investigators with their day-to-day struggles all the time. Thank you so much!
Vuestro eterno amigo,
Elder Mateo Smith