This week has been another one of those great weeks! We had a lot of cool experiences this week! I have been finding out that the best parts of the mission are the little things. "Enjoy the little things" (quote from a movie). Sometimes you have experiences that just blow you away but for the most part its just all of the little things that add up. Having the spirit strong in my life everyday has been such a blessing. The spirit is a constant companion and a constant reminder that the Lord is with me. Its really good to hear from the family and about your lives back at home... I love you all so much. Speaking of which I am often tell Elder Tucker that "I'm hungry Mother, I'm hungry." It doesn't quite have the same meaning telling it to him than telling you at home.
Anyways its good to hear that you're all having a good time at home but I've got to say that your missing out on everything here in Tepatitlan. I absolutely love it here. We had a few pretty cool experiences this week that have just made me love my mission that much more. Elder Tucker and I found some puppies on the street so we took them to the family of Gonzales to take them in. They were really funny about it and said that they couldn't take them in and that we should take it to another members home. We told them that they were going to die if they didn't take them in and had to explain to them that we can't take care of them because we are missionaries. After about 15 minutes of debate they finally took them in as their own. It was really quite comical. The Gonzales Family are really good people and live in a tiny house. Every time we go there we're always squished. They have 4 girls and they all sleep in the same room in the same bed. The parents sleep on a bed in the living room/kitchen. They are a very nice family and take care of us every time we go. Even though they don't have much they are truly happy... you can feel it by the smiles on their faces and how they interact with each other. Its amazing how no matter where you live or what your family problems are like, the gospel always blesses families.
We also had a cool opportunity to bless someone's house this week. They claimed that there was a dark presence in their house. This family is a nonmember family but they are friends with the Gonzales family who told them that we could help. So we went to their house and Elder Tucker simply said a
prayer over the house and we left. They family said they feel a good spirit about the house. This is a cool experience that could help the family come into the gospel seeing the power of prayer and priesthood in their own home.
for a while but couldn't find it. We started asking around and finally we were told where his house was and went to the door that he lived in. It was just a wall with a big doorway. We went in the door to find that he lived in like a little Village, there were just a whole bunch of tiny cement homes crammed together in a little area. Very poor area. There were a few older ladies sitting around peeling cactus and we asked them about Rigoberto. He wasn't home so we started talking to these hermanas and somehow the conversation got to the point where we told them that we never have peeled cactus before. They told us that we needed to learn and that we
were going to teach us. Pretty soon their was a big crowd of mujeres around us as Elder Tucker went first trying to peel a cactus. They just laughed and laughed and thought it was so silly that he didn't know how
to peel cactus. Then it was my turn and I got the first cactus (cactus leaf?) and started peeling it. Elder Tucker told them that I was a chef... he thinks it's funny when he does that because then everyone starts asking me what I can cook. I tell everyone that I can cook cereal and hot cakes and that' s about it. Anyways I peel this first cactus and I actually do a really good job (compared to Elder Tucker) and they thought it was pretty cool that this gringo knew how to peel cactus. Pretty soon they are all getting their
cameras out and taking pictures of the gringos that are trying to peel cactus. I then grabbed the next cactus and started peeling... I did horrible, it looked so bad and I totally just disgraced myself after peeling a perfect cactus. It was really funny and fun. Someone asked us about our beliefs and we shared with them what we believe in and shared a short message. We left our number with them and told them we'll be back again to try and see Rigoberto. It was a pretty awesome experience and yet again we just get harassed because we are gringos. It was so awesome and I am absolutely loving my time here in Mexico.
I hope everything continues to go well back at home and I'll have you know again
that I absolutely love it here.
Tu Hijo, Hermano, Elder, Primo,
Muchacho, o Alguien que usted no conoce,