Monday, September 21, 2015

Mexico's Independence

Alright gueros we had a really good week this week!  Well kind of! With the new family we found things are going awesome!!  Julio is doing great! He is the guy that wants to change his life!  So we went back and he had read everything we left and a little bit more!  He has really strong drug and alcohol addictions and so we said anytime that you feel the urge to smoke or drink just pick up the Book of Mormon and start reading!  It doesn't matter where just start reading!  We invited him to pray and everything and he was like yeah I pray at least three times a day and all sorts of great things!  This week was really a challenge for him because of Mexican Independence Day!  What do most people do on this day?  Hang out with their families and get drunk.  So we were kind of worried but knew that it is early on hopefully he can stay strong! So we get to his house and we are like how was your holiday?  He was like I went out and said hi to my family, drank a Coke and then came in to just read the Book of Mormon!  I went to bed and then just hung out with my family it was good!  So we were like really excited for him!  He also took down all of his Santa Muerte statues (Santa Muerte (Spanish for Holy Death), is a female folk saint venerated primarily in Mexico and theSouthwestern United States. A personification of death, she is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife by her devotees.[1] Despite opposition by the Catholic Church, her cult arose from popular Mexican folk belief,Santa Muerte generally appears as a female skeletal figure, clad in a long robe and holding one or more objects, usually a scythe and a globe.[6] Her robe can be of any color, as more specific images of the figure vary widely from devotee to devotee and according to the rite being performed or the petition being made.[7] As the worship of Santa Muerte was clandestine until the 20th century, most prayers and other rites have been traditionally performed privately in the we are seeing awesome improvement with this man!  He is doing great.  So we put him to a fecha for the 17th of October!  That seems like so far away! I can't believe it!  We definitely got blessed with him!

Well, Tuesday afternoon we weren't going to work, right? (Mexico's Independence Day.  To be cautious, the missionaries were asked to stay inside that day)  So we woke up and got to work in the offices and we just weren't going to leave the offices all day.  Well, two misisonaries went home and so Pres took them to the airport and they would both be home at like 10 ish.  Well we get a call at about 11 from one of the kid's dad.  He told us  hey my son went home today and his flight got canceled, when is he coming home?  And we were like crap!  So then Elder Olson´s phone blew up with calls and somehow the missionary finds Elder Olson´s boss at the airport picking up missionaries coming in to the MTC.  So then Pres calls figuring out what we know and then he was like okay go just buy him a flight and get him home!  So we left and got all that figured out and just hung out in the airport with him until his flight then came home!  It was quite the crazy turn of events!  It was cool though.

The Family Alva.... Well we are not too happy with them! We really just don't know what to do anymore!  They have everything and everything is good (we think) but they just won't get baptized.  But more than that we just can't get them to come to their interviews!  They blew us off all week and we are so upset about it.  They were supposed to have their interview on Wednesday but couldn't, then again on Friday they left.  On Saturday they couldn't go and then they didn't even go to church on Sunday!  We just don't exactly know anymore!  It is just so frustrating because they are so close!  They have worked so hard and done so much they just won't commit completely to it.  We are struggling with that but hopefully things will get better. The goal is to baptize them this week... just need to get them interviews.

Also we think we finally are getting close to getting this family married so that way they can get baptized.  That is exciting.  Other than that we have been pretty sick in our stomach which isn't all that fun but we are moving along with it.  I think that is about it for this week!  Love you guys!


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