Pretty great story. Last night, at about 7, we were almost done with our plans for the day, and wandering with great hunger. When we remember Hermana Maria. Maria has 12 kids, ranging from 35 to 7. She was recently baptized, about 2 years ago, but all of her children were baptized the minute they were 8 years old. The Missionaries had found this family about 12 years ago, and the older siblings have always helped the younger siblings, and so on. But lately the missionaries don’t pass by. (when they changed from Elders to Sister, the Sisters stopped passing by) Anyways. She had told us before, that if we were ever hungry, and she had the means (money or food) that we were welcome to dinner. So we stopped by. And after an awkward pause (we weren’t really sure how to ask) Sister Mendez just blurts out “Do you have any food?” After a good laugh she made us AMAZING scrambled eggs with some ham and beans. Best. Dinner. Ever. Later Sister Lopez breaks out this great scripture in Alma 8:19, which we shall be using from now on whenever we get hungry.
“Will ye give to an humble servant of God something to eat?” -Alma 8:19
Sister Maria is awesome. I don’t know if I´ve ever mentioned, but Diriomo is the city of witches (Not a big deal. Just certain houses and streets that we can´t tract.) And so I mentioned this to her. And she just laughs. Then she says “Do you want to know why it took me so long to get baptized?” Anyways. She started to explain that she was a school teacher, but belonged to a political party, and when that party lost office, they fired all of the school teachers of this party (other countries take politics to more extremes) and so she couldn´t find a job. At this time she was a single mother, with about 5 children. Anyways, so she was in desperate need of money, just to buy food for her kids. When she found some Tarrot cards, and started reading… ANYWAYS. Way crazy! She said she made a lot of money reading cards for people. She said “I didn´t know if it was from God or from the Devil, but all I knew is that it gave my children food.” So crazy (The best part is that she looks the part… a little squat, missing a tooth, frizzy hair) anyways. She said she had only shared her story with very few missionaries, and that we were lucky enough to hear it. But after awhile, she gave up the cards (she said that her children buried the cards in the back yard, like the anti-nephi-lehis buried their weapons of war) and was baptized. Super cool. I´ll try to get a picture. Her kids are awesome too, they basically make up all of the Young Women’s class by themselves. She re married a long time ago, and he´s still not a member, even though all of his kids and wife are.
Anyways. So this week we had a capacitation for the sisters… basically just going over the rules of dress again, and also making us be bolder… and helping us do “El Show” (basically, acting devestated when the investigators don´t complete with their commitments.) Also the Zone Leaders came and worked with us this week. It went pretty well, I don´t feel like we did our best (especially because their right there, judging our work) and it was kinda awkward walking around in a pair of 5 (tracting was weird… attacking the poor people with 5 missionaries.) but it went well.
This week we had a lot more success! More investigators going to church, progressing, completeing with their commitments. Although one lady had supposedly gone to New York (I can´t believe they can´t come up with better lies than that) another Young Woman told us that she knew the Book of Mormon is true! WIN! Haysel (Hazel) is awesome. She is so excited to be baptized the 23 of April. And for this weekend Karla and Julio and gonna get married, and be baptized! We are so excited for them. We didn´t know if it was really going to happen, because Julio had to work this past Sunday, but he suprised us by staying home and being ready to go to church when we passed by for Karla. WIN! So we´re really really excited for them!
Anyways. Love you all! Enjoy these pictures from when we worked with the District Leader!