Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Week 20 (2/1/2016)

Hello everyone!

I decided to start doing the email titles based on weeks in one area. I think that will be better than doing a sort of countdown type thing. Less distracting.

This week I had exchanges with Elder Zuñiga. He's Elder Morales' new son (being trained by Elder Morales) and he only has about 3 weeks on the mission. I felt like a seasoned missionary working with him even though in reality I'm just a little baby. He did a really good job with everything. He contacted and taught really well. It was fun to be senior companion for a day and see what's it's like to be a baby missionary from the out side. I gave him some advice casually and he received it like I was giving the best advice ever. He's going to be a really good missionary.

The last few weeks we've been working with two return missionaries, Armando and Juan de Dios. They are super helpful and Armando is helping us teach his room mate. It's fun to have the example of return missionaries because they can bring their methods to teach and be friends for the investigators.

I started to read the New Testament last week. I read Jesus the Christ within the first few months and comparing the gospels with what I learned in Jesus the Christ is really cool because it puts the life of Christ in a new perspective. I want to finish the gospels before the end of this change. I also started reading the Book of Mormon again. Everyone should read 1 Nephi again and really look at how much information Nephi gets in his vision. I was writing all sorts of notes in the margins of my scriptures.

We got a new investigator this week named Axel. He's 11 or 12 years old. He came to church a few times before I even got here but he never wanted to tell us his address. With Elder Muñoz we found his house but he was never home but we finally had a lesson with him and his older brother and he came to church with us on Sunday. We just need to teach him and baptize him because he already has enough church attendance. He's really funny and he really likes the pamphlets we give out.

Gustavo went to Monterrey this week so we couldn't teach him and he couldn't come to church but we should still be able to baptize him this week. I really hope we can because he's really eager about it.

Jesús couldn't come to church this week because of work but he's progressing really well. He should still be able to be baptized this month.

Noe came to church and is also progressing really well. He likes church a lot and he really likes our lessons. His family is really Catholic so I was a little worried that he might receive a little bit of trouble from that but as far as I can see it's going really well.

We dropped Oscar this week. We have been teaching him for a really long time and he still hasn't come to church so we're not going to visit him anymore.

Here are the birds!
Tamaulipas Crow -Cuervo Tamaulipeco
Killdeer -Chorlito Tildío
-Green Parakeet -Perico Verde Mexicano
-Cattle Egret -Garza Ganadera
-Common Raven -Cuervo Grande
-Lazuli Bunting -Colirín Lazulita
-Ruby-crowned Kinglet
-Yellow-rumped Warbler -Chipe Rabadilla Amarilla

Oh yeah, a few random things. I realized the other day that my notes are a weird mixture of Spanish and English. It would be really confusing for someone that couldn't speak both to read my notes. We lost our fork some time ago. I have no idea what could have happened to it. Elder Gallegos always says "Hey man" on the phone. It's like his catch phrase. I hit my head on a sign the other day and it hurt but then after a contact or two i realized that I had cut myself when I touched my hair. There was quite a bit of blood but it's all good. Head wounds always bleed a lot and it's all clean and good.

Well, that's all. Thanks for everything!
¡Les extraño y amo!
-Elder Steiner

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