Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Week 28 (3/28/2016)

Hi everyone!

This week was really fun and a little bit crazy the last few days, but still very fun. We were visiting Pedro and José every day to get them ready for the baptism on Saturday. We did lots of practices for the interview with José because he's kind of old and doesn't quite understand/can't hear all the words. They both passed the interview just fine. It looks like I'm actually doing a pretty good job as a missionary. :)

The baptismal service was a Noche Blanca where the whole zone was supposed to baptize. However, only three companionships ended up baptizing out of the whole zone. That was a little disappointing but it's okay. All together we ended up baptizing nine people because the zone leaders slammed out some lessons on Friday and Saturday. As district leader of the zone leaders, Elder Hernandez has to do all the interviews for their investigators. The whole morning on Saturday we were with the zone leaders finishing up the interviews and lessons. It was a little busy and we had to pay for several taxis it worked out pretty well.

Yesterday we went to Arteaga, a small city near Saltillo, to have an Easter contacting activity. Every Sunday there is a huge market with lots of people in the park so we figured it would be a good place to contact. We set up a screen to show some of the Easter videos that the church has made and then spread out to contact and bring people to the videos. It was pretty fun. We got a lot of rejections but there ended up being several contacts from our area. I'm certain that there will at least be a few baptisms from the activity.

This week I started teaching Elder Hernandez English. He wants to learn because his girlfriend is on her mission in Canada and is learning both English and French. He's eager to learn but isn't trying very hard. Haha! He has a hard time with the "th" sound. I give him a hard time about that sometimes, but it's fun to teach him English.

Today we went hiking in the mountains with one of the brothers from the ward. We didn't go very far but it was still pretty nice to get away from the streets and all the dogs in the city. I also saw a lot of birds! I was hoping to see some hummingbirds but the others wanted to keep moving so I had no time to wait around. It was really fun but it made me miss the mountains in Utah. It was also pretty difficult to get up to the hiking spot. In Utah you just need to drive 30 minutes or so and you're already hiking.

Here are the birds!
Clay-colored Thrush -Zorzal Pardo
American Kestral -Cernícalo Americano
Curve-billed Thrasher -Cuitlacoche Piquicurvo
Prarie Falcon -Halcón Pradeño
Black-tailed Gnatcathcer -Perlita Colinegra
Broad-winged Hawk -Aguililla Adura
Mexican Jay -Chara Pechigris
Turkey Vulture -Zopilote Cebecirrojo
Cassin's Finch -Fringílido de Cassin
Northern Mockingbird -Centzontle Norteño
Pyrrhuloxia -Cardenal Desertico
Black-throated Sparrow -Gorrión Gorjinegro
Common Raven -Cuervo Grande
Killdeer -Chorlito Tíldio
Greater Roadrunner -Correcaminos Mayor
Sharp-shinned Hawk -Gavilán Pajarero
Black-and-white Warbler -Chipe Trepador

The other day I was listening to "I Need the Every Hour" and I started thinking about how much we really need Christ every moment of our lives. Christ is someone we should call on only when we need Him but that is literally all the time. We all have so much to change and improve in each of our lives. Through the Atonement and the sacrifice that was made for us we can really change and improve. Not only that, but we can also receive the comfort that we all need in this life. I'm truly grateful for what Christ has done for us and the comfort that I have every moment here in Saltillo.

Thank you all for your prayers and support! I hope that everything is going well for all of you.

Les amo y extraño.
-Elder Steiner

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