Well everyone... I cant believe we are under a month now. Thats just messed up! I don't know about you guys but my mind isn't doing a very good job of comprehending it.
This week was a little bit of a mess, but not anything bad. We finally moved out of the mission office into the new apartment the Kimballs found for us. It is only about a 30 second drive from our old one, but its on the fourth floor of the complex. That made Tuesday a long, exhausting day. I ended up carrying both fridges, the washing machine, kitchen table, and a bunch of other stuff up those flights of stairs haha. I think I was born to move. 11 times before the mission and now 3 times on it. Some people are just gifted ya know? The good news is the apartment is nice and spacious. It has a great view of the harbor and Im a fan. We spent most of this morning cleaning up the appliances and getting everything orderly.
Wednesday we also lost most of the day in the area becasue we had to run errands for the mission. Not a bad thing, but just means we got almost no time in the area until Thursday. That being said, we still managed to have a fairly decent week. Almost no one came to church, but we can only give them the opportunity. Upside: we got 2 refferals this week and both families are pretty legit. I actually have an honest hope in them. One of the families, Elsidio e Pureza, is beyond cool! Pureza is a professional singer and also works for the state as like a womens rights protector or something like that. Elsidio has a doctorate in Physics and teaches at the university. They have the coolest 11 year son named Ed. He is special needs, and absolutely loves us. He always says the prayer when we are over there. He is really smart and is super attentive in our lessons. They told us he wasn't actually born like this. He was born healthy and until he was 5 almost 6 years old he was normal functioning. He got sick and they took him to the hospital where the doctor gave Ed the wrong injection. He had mixed Ed up with another patient that was super sick and gave Ed a medicine that was way too strong and it ended up messing Ed up really bad. He lost his ability to walk and talk for several weeks and he never really recovered. He can talk now, but he isn't all there and he has difficulties walking, but man he is a blast and his parents treat him sooo good. I love it!
Lloyd and Maria are still hanging on. Lloyd came to church like usual, but 45 minutes late... like usual. We are working hard to help the turn the corner and really start taking things seriously. Because of timing and documents, they are kind of the only family that has a shot of being baptized before I leave. Fingers crossed.
We taught a 7th Day Adventist and her family this week. It was actually a super sweet lesson. Elder Stanley and I were teaching in tune and we felt like we were throwing out good Bible scrips left and right for her to eat up. At the end we asked if she would pray about the message and she said she would. We then asked her what she would do if God showed her that this was the only true church. You know what that gutsy lady said!? She said," God and I would have an argument. I would stay up all night fighting with Him until he convinced me I was wrong." hahaha! You know what we did? We marked a return visit haha!
Another fun story for you all. My IDL and debit card came this week so I finally am driving. Elder Stanley had to teach me how to drive stick, but it wasn't too bad. There is actually a nice track close to the mission office so we just paid to go out for like an hour and a half for me to practice. It was nice, especially because it was realistic. There were goats, machamba mamas working on their gardens that are planted inside the track, school kids playing with their kites, go karts that almost ran under my truck, etc. Haha it was insane! Ive never seen anything like it. Oh I forgot we also saw two church services being held on the field inside the track. What the heck people?! Good news is I only stalled twice. And now Im driving normally. This place is one of a kind.
Well enjoy the last real week of the school year and the osum weather. Talk to you next week. See you in 4!