I am so glad that it is pday because we are exhausted. I don´t know why this week has felt like a lot of work, but it was. I got my big package and I really really wanted to open all the presents inside but I decided to practice my patience and try to wait till my birthday. It is hard to do. We had two baptisms last week on Saturday. I am sending you a picture with me and Hermana Woods with the other sisters we live with and the familia Gutierrez. This picture also makes it look like the mom got baptized but she didn´t. Antonio and Jorge got baptized and they are so great. Jorge is the older one and he is reading in the Book of Mormon every day. Jorge is a little strange and when we first started teaching the family, we thought that he just wanted to talk to the gringas. Hermano Gutierrez invited us to go out to eat at a Chinese restaurant on Wednesday to meet his son that lives in San Salvador and plays the cello for the symphony. So we went and it was fun but the best part was that the son told Jorge that he looks a lot happier and has some sort of light about him. It is great that other people can see the difference that the gospel is making in his life.
So, this week we have been trying to find new investigators and it is not going so hot. Yesterday, we decided to go contacting door to door because we don´t do that much and we were hoping to find someone. So, we contacted for 3 hours and finally someone wanted to talk to us. It was this man who has received the missionary discussions before and was really good friends with some of the missionaries. So we were talking to him. His name is Jaime and he is a little slow. He takes a long time to think about things before saying them. So I was having this good time talking to this guy and my companion was getting really antsy and wanted to leave really bad. Finally Jaime went into his house for a couple minutes and turns out that she thinks Jaime is drunk and I think he is just a little slow. On further examination, we decided that he is slow and then my companion was fine talking to him. But it is funny that the two different circumstances can get confused. Who knows. We´ll find out on Saturday when we go to teach him.
We went out teaching with some members that are in young womens this week and we were walking in this fairly rich neighborhood and out of one house comes this little old lady that has huge white dreadlocks. We have talked to her on the street before but I was surprised she lived in such a nice neighborhood. She let us into her house and the members did not want to go in. She had taken the discussions before and knew about everything and was anxious to listen to us. Then she talked to us about justice and mass and who knows what. After the lesson, the members informed us she was talking about tarot cards, so I don´t think that we will try too hard on visiting her again. She was so nice but the members said she is a witch.
We still have a baptism date for the 11th of September. His name is Luis (brother of Alejandro and David) and he is super smart and down to earth. We went to their house and played commandment jeopardy. He already knew all the commandments. One of the questions was ¨What is the law of chastity?¨ David said, ¨basically no sex¨ but then Luis looked at him and said ¨Well, actually it is way more than that...¨ and continued to explain the importance of the law of chastity. So pretty much, I think he is ready for his baptism.
So, you guys told me about those people throwing fireballs in El Salvador. I wish I could tell you that it was so cool and that I knew all about it, but I don´t. I had no idea about it till you wrote me.
I love you guys so much and I just want you to know that I love being here. I am happy and we are working hard. Already the mission has flown by and I just want to cherish every second that I am here. Hermana Woods and I are having a good time together. I know that the gospel is true and I know that Jesus is the Christ.
I love you