This week was a great week. We had another baptism. We baptized Hermano C. Three weeks ago we were street contacting, and we were walking in front of a tienda and I got an inpression to stop and talk to this elderly lady. She had just purchased her items and was heading out of the store. I asked her if she needed help carrying home her groceries, she said no but we talked with her anyways and explained that we were missionaries and that we had a Gospel message to share with her. She said that she was Catholic but had a son named C, who liked to talk about the Lord.
So we walked her home and talked to her and her son. Her son said he was a Jehovah Witness and didn't want anything to do with the Mormons. We invited him to church and he CAME the next sunday. We taught him one lesson and later in the week, he called and said he wanted to be baptized.
At his Baptism on Saturday, he bore his testimony and said that the day we meet him, he had been laying in bed crying and asking God why his life was the way it was, and why had he not sent a sign of what he could do to make it better. Then his mother got home and there we were two Mormon missionaries! He said it was his answer. He has so many great questions, each lesson we teach, we have to rely on the spirit so we know what to say but it is such an amazing experience each time. He also started to read the Book of Mormon and within a day he was almost done with 1 Nephi. He has a goal to read the entire Book of Mormon and to gain an even stronger testimony of the TRUE gospel of christ. I am so happy for him. He is such an amazing person. The Gospel is blessing his life so much. It is so exciting to see.
You are also probably wondering about the title to my email...I am pretty sure I ate ants this week. I buy Special K cereal so that on those morning when I don't feel like cooking, I can still eat. I was almost positive I closed it back up all the way, but the other morning I made myself a bowl of cereal and sat down to eat it. When I looked down I realized there were all these little ants around my bowl that crawling out of my cereal! I almost vomited all over my desk. I screamed and then threw out my $6 box of cereal that was still brand new. So today when we went ot the store I bought another box of ceral and this time a tupperware to put it in. So I wont have this amazing problem again.
I also ran from an iguana this week! I climbed up some monkey bars to get away. I refused to come down until the iguana was up in a tree. We were walking through a park when I heard some shuffling behind me, I looked back, screamed, and ran to the monkey bars. My companion just started laughing. She told me they don't attack people. I didn't believe her though, so she had to literally pull me off the bars so we could keep tracking.
We have a lot of work to do here, as I am sure it is in the rest of the world. People need the gospel, but do not know where to look to find it. I know I say this in each email but help the missionaries. The work is so great and there are only 80,000 plus missionaries for the entire world of who knows how many people now. You don't have to feel awkward about missionary work, but do help them. When you feel prompted give them a reference and introduce the missionaries to your friends, coworkers, have them over for dinner and your referience. Have a family home evening with your reference and the missionaries. The missionaries will do the work but they need your help to find those people who the Lord has prepared to hear the Gospel.
This week has been great. I found so many trees, Almond trees(we walk by them every day and I didn't even know they were almonds), Avocado trees, and we even harvested our own mangos. My companion is great, she helps me so much, and helps me to realize that together we can do this work.
I also finished reading the Book of Mormon this week. I love reading it so much and cant find enough time to read it. But I get an hour a day so I try my hardest to get the most out of it. I started it again and am in 1 Nephi.
I am so thankful for this time in my life. I know it is hard cause every day I wake up in a new country where it is 83 degrees and wish I could see snow, like you did this week but I am grateful. I wake up every morning and hope that I can find someone who needs to find the Lord.
Love you so much and thank you all for my letters and your weekly emails. Sending my love!
PS I get to go to the temple this week, so super excited about that.