Well another transfer week has gone by, and for some reason this one just wore me down. Not sure if it was because Basa hit the road or if it's because of the toe, but I was real tired at the end of the week. But at the same time it was another real fun week.
As usual, on Tuesday we took all the departing elders to the airport. I guess the people are starting to get a little more strict with who is allowed to go into the airport with the going home missionaries. Back then we were all allowed to go in and help them with the luggage and then say goodbye, but they are starting to crack down on that I guess. Luckily I was able to go in, but all the Office elders and my companions weren't able to. So I was happy I got to give a final goodbye to Elder Basa - saying bye was sad, but I don't think anybody shed any tears. After that we headed back to the mission home and gave a training to all the trainers. The next night, all the new missionaries came in. There were only 5 of them and they were all Filipino, so it was a little batch. For the next two days, we handled the orientation and training with the new missionaries and then with their companions on Friday, then sent em all off to their areas.
with Elder Holmes & Elder Morehu
The hard thing about transfer week is we don't get to work too much in our area for the week. So for that week, our area suffers a bit. But we were still able to get some investigators to come to church who will be baptized in the coming weeks. We did have one cool experience this week. So, at the house of one of the investigators that we have been teaching they have a really old grandma. She's like 85 years old. She's always sat in on the lessons, but has never really expressed interest. She did, however want to read the Book of Mormon, but wasn't able to because she couldn't read the small font. So we printed out the first chapter of Nephi in size 75 font and gave it to her the other day. Once we gave it to her, she refused to put it down. She finished the chapter that night and the next day could tell us everything that happened in the it. She said she wants to read all of it, and she came to church again yesterday. So as of now, we are trying to prepare her for baptism. She has changed a lot. When we first met her and were on a topic about revoltos (idols), she was ticked and did not want to get rid of her revulto. But now she wants to go to church every week and read the Book of Mormon.
We had another spiritual experience the other day. We entered into the house of one of our investigators and it was just absolute chaos. They were all real busy and one of the kids was on the ground throwing a fit, screaming and crying. They sat us down though and we told them that we are going to bring peace into the house. Before we started we felt prompted to sing a song first. (Elder Morehu has an incredible voice btw.) So Elders Morehu, Holmes and I sang "Love One Another". And all the sudden the kid stopped crying and calmed down, and everything just felt better. We could absolutely feel the spirit enter into the room and we were able to teach a very nice, spiritual lesson. Because of this experience, the investigators totally realized something different about us and our message and they realized that we carry the spirit with us. They asked us to keep coming back everyday. Im so grateful for the spirit and the impact it can have on one person's life. Especially the impact it has had on my life.
Love you all, have a good week! :)
My toe is doing fine, just still walking around in flip flops haha. I feel like all I'm missin is a Lava-lava. I told the doctor plenty of time that they don't take off the whole nail in America, so why is that what happens here? He just kept saying that taking off the nail is the best option wherever in the world. Even the mission medical department didn't want them to take off the whole nail. Sister Andrada and I talked to the doc for a bit but he insisted on taking the whole nail off, and didn't want to do it any other way. So oh well.