Well, slowly but surely we are helping this area to get up and running on it's feet again. Our progress hasn't been as fast as we would like it to move but we know anything with a sure foundation takes time to build. We had three lessons this week with some former investigators and some potential investigators. We have really been trying to get to know the ward as well so that they can help us with missionary work - we need a lot of help!! But we got 4 new investigators this week - woohoo!! God's always got our back!
I forgot to mention that we teach an English class every week. It's so fun!! We share the ward with Elders so we teach together. I never thought I would ever teach a class about English in Spanish....but it's fun! If you've ever seen the Saratov approach I always think of when they are in Russia teaching an English class and one of the Elders has the next vocabulary word and he says, "Ugly. Elder Jensen is....." And then the clip cuts off there - hahahaha! It sounds awful but in the movie it's pretty funny.
Members took us out a lot this week to eat and the quote of the week goes to Hermana Moss:
Me: "I don't know how I'm gonna find Mexican Food when I get home."
Hermana Moss: "I know I was thinking about it during personal study."
#wehaveagreatfocusinpersonalstudy hahaha 😁
This week we also visited a Sister who had a stroke a couple months ago and she's bed written. She's not able to move or support herself. She is working on speaking again but it's very difficult. She barely whispers when she breathes out and so we try to listen to what she is saying. We visit her when we can - it is my favorite! Her husband takes good care of her and communicates with her by saying: "A" or "M" - meaning does the word start with a letter in the first half of the alphabet or the second? Then he goes through all the letters and she raises an eyebrow to say yes and shakes her head for no. And so he proceeds until he can spell out correctly what she is trying to say.
It is amazing how people carry on with their lives and find ways to adapt/overcome their tremendous challenges. It makes me think of a part of a talk I read recently by Gordon B. Hinckley called "The Loneliness of Leadership" - I know it sounds grim, but I enjoyed his perspective which make me more grateful for our leaders and the sacred nature of their calling:
"God bless you to walk fearlessly, even though you walk in loneliness, and to know in your hearts that peace which comes of squaring one’s life with principle, that “peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7), I humbly pray, as I leave with you my witness and my testimony of the divinity of this holy work. ...And as a servant of the Lord, I invoke upon you every joy as you go forward in your lives to rich and marvelously fruitful experiences, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."