Wow! I can't believe this week... and the mission.. have gone by so fast! Seriously, I think I've been reminded by the majority of the members and even people we pass by on the street that I have 5 months left! ... No puede ser ...
But this week was great!
My companion has started teaching me to play soccer for our morning exercise. Please wish her and me luck! I've always been terrible at soccer, but I want to learn! :)
Sadly, we haven't been able to meet with E. She works cleaning a house and actually lives in the home she works in during the week and comes home on the weekends. We haven't been able to see M either but, AL is doing great! We are a little worried about her because she has the desire to be baptized and go to church, but her husband has not been the kind of support she needs. D is doing well. This Saturday was Costa Rican Mother's Day. He introduced us to his mom and brought her to a ward activity we had for Mother's Day. She loved it and we all had a good time.
On Tuesday, President Hayes surprised us by sitting in on our district meeting in Tibas. Only our district leader knew about it, and only about an hour before the meeting, so we were really surprised when the President and his sweet wife pulled up in front of the chapel. We were able to learn a lot! As a district, we placed a goal of having at least 30 lessons that week and I was happy to find out this morning that each area in our district had more than 30! This week and the weeks that have passed, I've learned the importance of making goals. Many people, like me, don't make goals because they doubt that they can reach them. I used to think that making goals was something set in stone that would be able easy to do until it was done. In my life, when I've made goals, I've almost never been able to stick to them, but in my Book of Mormon study this week (I'm telling you guys, this book has ALL the answers!), I learned that accomplishing a goal is a process. It's never going to be perfect, but if we keep trying and follow-up, we will reach it!
We did divisions with the Sister Training Leader (or specialist as we call it in this mission) and I went to Coronado. My Specialist is actually one of my MTC companions: Sister Ellis! We had a good time together and we saw some miracles. There is a family of recent converts in her area and they are amazing! They were baptized a couple of months ago and they are working for the temple! Although I was only able to meet them that day, they've made a huge impact on my heart and my testimony of eternal families! The gospel truly does change lives if we are willing to put our effort forward! Families are forever!
Speaking of families... on Saturday afternoon, my companion and I stood a little lost on a corner. All of our plans had changed and we were looking at old teaching records and the ward registry to see who we could visit. As we stood there, a man was walking towards us carrying grocery bags with his 2 sons. As they passed I looked at my companion and said, "Hermana! We have to baptize that family!" We looked back at them and saw that the father was struggling with the heavy bags he had in his hands. We literally ran down the street to help him and he invited us into his home. They are a family of 7! They currently attend a Christian church, but they are open to listen to our message! That was one of the most beautiful miracles we saw today! <3