Monday, 24 April 2017

El narco, La mujer borracha, y El mariachi

As you can tell by the intro, you know this week was something else. Yes. Translation, The drug King, the drunk woman, and the mariachi band. 

First off, El narco.

Lets just say, we are now accepted in one of the villas..aka ghettos. We are `brothers´.  So that's good news cause we can proselyte there now!! WHOHOO!! He and his wife and kids are coming to church on Sunday!!!!!! Stoked for that!! But legit, this is the ghetto, people die here every day!!!! (This is only funny for those who have seen the movie called, Malibu Most Wanted!) He's our newest investigator!! He legit has sooooo much potential!!! and we are brothers he says, so thats cool!!!!!

Then walking back home on a sketchy pathway, we come across this lady, 29 years old, hands in pockets, asks if we had anything...intending to rob us. We gladly said we have books. "Do you want one?" She said yes!!!!!!! WOW! She was actually super sweet. Sad story. She is having a very hard time in life, and was crying. We had a very deep heart-to-heart, and we explained we can help her. We then scheduled an appointment to meet with her!! So thats pretty cool too!!! Crazy how we can find people who are ready, in the most crazy of situations!

The Mariachi.. Of course I was drawn to the funny white suits, and sombreros, trumpets and all.  We stayed a bit, waiting for them to play... but they went into a house instead...I don't know what for, maybe a proposal or something, or great granny Doris' birthday party. It was still cool!! ANNND we found another new future contact!!! So YES!!!

Now if you're asking, is that the funniest part of the week? No, it is not. This is. There we were, at a members house for almuerzo (lunch), and not gunna lie, really had to tough that one through. But as we were smiling, (because the food part was over), I shared a scripture, and all was well!! Then my companion started testifying. All within the norm routine. All the while, I was holding in a fart, yes.(sorry people, this should maybe be censored, lol) Yes, I was.  Because of my discomfort, I decided to risk it.  I thought I could let it out quietly and slowly, and right when my companion stopped talking, mid-testifying, BOOM! Everyone was looking at each other in unbelief as if to say, "What? Did that really just happen? I couldn't blame it on Elder Quintana who was beside me either....yup. We all laughed. And history was made. Don't think that story is gunna quiet down anytime soon... JAJAJA I cant believe that happened. Kinda scared myself, too jaja. 

Oh, and I'm also bald. Yes, a buzz cut. Happened.

Oh, and the people here don't believe Christopher Columbus discovered America. They were all say, "yo, we here tho." He also has a different name. Cristobal Colon. Yeah. Divertido! (funny)

Had to kick a gang of churritos out of the church property, there were like 37 of them!! That was interesting! Thank goodness their futbol popped, must have been the spirit!!! jajaja!! 

Study Luke 7. Its beautiful. Verse 37, a woman brought an alabaster box. Super special. Verse 38, she washes Jesus feet with her tears and her hair, and anoints His feet with her oils. This lady gave Jesus all she had, gave him the most respect she could, and was faithful. In verse 47 "...she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little." In  vs. 50, "Thy faith have saved thee, go in peace."  (I love that he found this and it meant so much to him!  This happens to be the scripture reference to a song that was written to express the emotion in these verses, and is one of my most favourite.  I always get goose-bumps and teary when I listen to it.)

From this, we can learn that in all reality, if we come unto Christ with all we have, be humble, love him, love the people around you, love everyone, and have faith, we will receive answers and we will see miracles, right before our eyes. Faith is so important, something I learned this week. When you pray, have faith that you will receive answers. Have faith that He is there. Come unto him, because He cares for you. 

I finish training this week!!!!! YAY! 

We have a lot of investigators who are really close to being baptized, but need to go to church first. One of our investigators, Nahuel, is a super cool dude. He's 22. He wants a life change. He's taking the steps to have that happen! He has so many stories!! He went from smoking 12 cigarettes a day, to 1 and a half!! We had given him a blessing to have the strength to quit. He's progressing a lot!
Vanesa, she's the best! She's 15 and she is so ready!! She loves church!!! And she's legit just always happy!!! Just waiting for her dad's permission!! 

This Saturday we are hoping for about 4 baptisms!! 

We also had our movie night tradition(at home we have Pizza and movie with treats each Friday evening) in the pench-- ice cream and movie! We watched meet the mormons!! YAY!!! 

Our set up

Bad angle. Lasagna from Familia De Francisco

San Alberto. and when i had hair.

My life...

Yo y Elder Villalon

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