January 28, 2019
Whats up everyone? I hope you all had a great week. My week here went pretty good. I'm still getting used to my new area because it's so different than my last area, but it's awesome. The members here are amazing and they love us. They even cook us all three meals every day and they know how to cook. I'm in the middle of nowhere and I have never been so hot in my life! I've even started to proselyte with an umbrella I found in our room because there's no shade anywhere haha. Something cool about our area is that all the people here work in agriculture. A few minutes out of town, there are millions of banana trees, coconut trees, mango trees, and lemon trees. They export all of it to the United States. So, all of the bananas you're eating are coming straight out of Huangala haha. My comp's name is Elder Diaz. He's a good dude. He's kind of weird, but he's a good missionary and he knows a lot, so that's all I can really ask for.
We found a lot of new people this week. One of them even read the pamphlets that we gave her and highlighted scriptures she liked. We were like Woah! No one ever does that! Then we invited her to church and she said yes, but that she just needed to ask permission from my husband. Plot twist, she's 14 and it turns out she's also pregnant. So, the cultures a lot different here. It always surprises me when I see little kids of 7 or 8 drinking beer, or 14 year olds who are married and pregnant. We also talked to this guy who had the whole bible memorized, but when we tried to teach him he kept telling us we were wrong. He told us that we were blind and that the devil had entered our heads and a ton of other stuff. It was weird because he had so much knowledge that he thought he knew everything and he wouldn't listen to us. We'll see how that goes for him.
I had some good experiences this week. In one of our lessons we were teaching this dude who had a lot of questions about baptism and what was correct and why and we were teaching him, but he just wasn't getting it. Then, at the end of the lesson, this scripture popped in my head. It was Marcos 10:37-39 and I shared it with him. It says something like: with the same glass that I drink of, you will drink and the same baptism I was baptized, ye shall be baptized (or something like that. I'm not sure what it is in english). When I read it to him, this guy got it and he said, "I've always had that question, but now I understand the answer clearer." So, that was pretty cool! Then, in another one of the lessons one of our investigators asked us about polygamy. She had heard Joseph Smith had a lot of wives. I knew that the church had practiced polygamy in the past, but i didn't know all the details, so I started studying it and it just kept bringing up more questions. So, I was praying for understanding one morning and I read Jacob 2 in my personal study which talks about polygamy and verse 30 totally answered my question. I'll let you guys go read it, if you have your own questions. There's a bunch of info on lds.org that helped me understand a little better too. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it can answer any question that we have. This week has proven that to me again and again.