I´ve had a lot of moments when I said, Wow, these are the moments that I am going to miss. On the mission we always run into certain situations where it is so obvious that it was all part of Gods plan even though we didnt see it coming in the beginning. Here are some experiences that happened this week:
- So there are some days where all of our appointments fall, and we are left to just contact everyone and all of the houses! And so we were contacting every house that we felt should be knocked on, with no luck. Everyone seems to be busy or not home! Until we found a very poor looking house a couple blocks away from the church. This older lady came out and attended us for a while, her name was Marta, so how could I forget her! haha She said that it would be better if we return another day (everyone says that so that was too promising). But then after a few days, we decided to come back... and we knocked and guess what? It was Marta! But it wasnt the same one... It turns out it was her daughter! (We call them Marta One and Marta Two). Well the daughter let us in and we shared a message, it was so awesome! She was incredibly positive! She understood everything. So we put an appointment for another day, and when we went back... guess what? Marta 1 or Marta 2 didnt answer... this time it was Luis! Luis is the brother! So Luis let us in and listened to us, and Marta 2 arrived and joined in. It turns out that Luis is even more positive than Marta 2!! So we put another appointment... and when we came back, guess what? Thats right! Luis answered again... with Marta 2.. annnd? Cristina One! (She has a daughter named Cristiana too/two) So it turns out that Cristina is the sister and she is also positive! This week Marta 2 and two younger siblings came to church!! So if we look back to that first day, we would never even imagined we would have found this awesome family!
- So on another occasion, we were contacting and getting to know some other farther towns and we were talking with everyone. We came to this house in the middle of nowhere. We clearly saw some people hide when they saw us, and you can hear them say "son los muchachos". Well anyway, finally this nice lady came out and talked to us, she clearly didnt want anything, but the ones that usually want something better are sometimes too shy to come out, so we fight are way in! She lets us in and the people came out from their hiding spots! We met two other people who were very positive. One lived there and the other lived farther back in San Marcos. Her name was Bessy. So we get their directions and set an appointment for another day. They said Yes! They will be there. So that days comes around and we look for Bessy. Her direction was the white house in front the old buses by the main road. I thought I knew exactly what she was talking about until we stood in front of the old buses by the main road, and what did I see? well not a white house!! I said Ahhhh! There was only one house there and it was a pink one with a popcorn machine outside, I always see a grouchy old lady out side, but I said, well, lets go check it out. So we knock and this 17 year old kid comes out. We start the conversation asking if he knew a Bessy Sandoval... he gave me a confused look and said no... well that was too bad. So we started talking to him. We talked a little about our message and we gave him a Restoration pamphlet. He seemed like one of those kids that think they know it all and everything else is false. So he didnt catch my attention too much. After about a week, we came back to his house. He was there and let us in, he still had that ´I know everything look´, but to our surprise, he read the whole pamphlet, and said I understand most of it, but I want to know more about this Joseph Smith. We gave him that ´are you serious?´ look! lol It turns out that he is one of the most positive investigators that I have ever met on my mission!! That day we left him with a book of mormon and he read what we left him! We were there yesterday and he understands everythinnnnggg! He feels already that the book is true and wants to keep learning more. He asked uss about church. The best part was yesterday, we were about to leave his house, and he said "So did you end up finding Bessy´s house?" I said "Who´s Bessy?" He said "The reason why you knocked on my door in the first place" I said "ohh yeah! No we didnt, but because we met her, we are here, and we know that this where we are supposed to be." He completely agreed.
- This other experience happened last tuesday. Well last monday we completely forgot to do laundry! So Tuesday morning we threw half of our clothes into the washer and then into the dryer as we were studying. Then we threw in the next load into the washer... as soon as the washer was filled with water.. guess what? the power goes out. Ahhhhh!! Long story short, the power didnt come back for a lonnng time! and so we still went out and worked (I had to wear one of my companion´s shirts) and we had a lot of great appointments in the morning, but after lunch was rough. Once again, we were contacting and getting to know the area. We go up, and up, and upppp! We were knocking all of the doors on this high hill. We met some nice people, some very mean people. But this was the best part... we were down to the last two houses. And we knock on the first door,and once again "son los hermanos!!" and they all hide! Well finally a nice lady comes out and she talks to us for a while, but she wasnt interested, she said " You know, God wants you to visit that house right there" pointing towards the second house, I said Really? She said "Yes, go knock that door" So we trusted her! We went to that door and knocked on that house and no answer. We looked towards the back of the house and found the husband cutting weeds, so we jump the fence and offer help, he says thanks, but no thanks. He talks to us for a while and says that we can come back another day. We had no idea what to expect. So when we go back days later, he was there! With his wife. He did all of his mandados earlier that day that he can be there when we were going to return! So we teach them the Gospel of Jesuschrist and they understood all of it!! They are soo positive its insane! Towards the end of the lesson it was getting dark, and we were far from home. But he didnt mind offering the closing prayer, and when we opened our eyes, the light in the room was on! The power came back! We all just kind of sat back and said Wow... (In my head I was thinking Woohoo! Im going to have clean clothes for tomorrow!! haha) But it was truly a miracle. We are really excited for the next visit.
There are more experiences but I dont have time to write them all. The thing is that its insane how we never know when God is preparing people and putting them in our road, we need to always be ready!