This week went pretty good. Spanish is hard! I just want to be able to teach like I can in English so I can be the most effective as possible. We had some interesting stuff happen this week. I am beginning to get a reputation with all of the little kids in one of the big apartment complexes. Kids that I don't even know come up to us when we are walking and they are saying look it's the candy guy! And then they ask if they can have a piece of candy. Everyone loves the missionaries now! We even had a miracle this week with two kids who are 11 and 10. I had remembered giving them candy in the past and one night we were on splits and I was with two other elders, Elder Retemal from Chile and Elder Dean who is a visa waiter from Oregon. And we knocked on the door and these two kids were there and of course I gave them candy and they asked what we do at church so I told them what we do and that it would be really fun. They both said they wanted to come and on Sunday they were both waiting for us when we got to the apartments. They said they had a blast at church and we lucked out because this past Sunday was the primary program so they just sat there and laughed at all the kids but they said they really liked church and they told their parents that they want to come back every week!
Also regarding the primary program, the primary president asked us last second if we could sing with one of the kids who is 10. So Elder Romero and I sang 3 songs in front of the branch with this little kid. It was cool though that these kids had fun at church and they will be coming from now on.
The 14 year old youth we are teaching came to church this week and is doing great. We love their family. He has a little brother who is 7, who just had a birthday and a great mom.
Another family that is one of our favorites is the Hernandez Family. Every other Friday we have dinner with them and it is the best food ever! They are from Mexico City and they are really funny. They have two younger daughters named Brittany and Kimmy that help us teach the younger kids along with another girl named Desiree. It's cool because all three of them are converts so it is really helpful when they share their testimony with the other girls we are teaching that are their age. Sometimes it is nice for the younger kids to have someone their age tell them how the gospel will help their life.
This week we had a baptism! She is a valiant mom with 3 kids, 13, 9, and 5. The 9 year old was supposed to get baptized with his mom on Saturday but he said there were too many people so he and his older sister are going to get baptized this week. I know the gospel is going to help their family out a lot!
We also just had someone move to our branch from the Tri-Cities. She is from Pasco, it’s kind of crazy! We keep praying to find new investigators that are prepared to hear the gospel so that we can continue to teach a lot. We are going to need a lot of help from the members to help give us referrals of people who might be interested. I think what a lot of members don't realize is how much they can help the missionaries by just thinking of a name that we could go stop by or invite to an activity.
Well I hope all is going well there!