Well I am officially done with training! Now I can actually feel a little bit more respected around the mission when people talk to me. I finished yesterday with it and I even had the chance to be the Senior Companion for the day. It was really weird having to make all the decisions on what we did, but overall, Elder Gray said I did a good job.
Things are going well, but we had a tough week this week. Hermana Monica, the one I told you about last week, decided to stick with the religion that her family was. Catholic. We went to go meet with her on Friday night to teach her just like normal. We could tell, as soon as we walked in the door that something was different. We started to teach what we had planned. After we had gone over everything, she started to talk about how she went with her grandma to a Catholic church service during the week. My heart dropped. She went on to tell us that she had a feeling that she needed to follow in her family's footsteps and remain catholic. She didn't want to change... Elder Gray and I looked at each other. I had no idea what to say or do. So Elder Gray just said that we appreciated her spirit that she brought to each lesson, and that we would continue to stop by every now and then to see how she was doing. I have never been so heartbroken in my life to see this happen. What is sad is that one day, her and her entire family will know the truth about it all. I was devastated. But, as a missionary, you have to keep moving forward.
Apart from that experience, we are continuing to teach Hermana Cinderella and Tomas. Both of which are really great investigators other than the fact that she is married to another guy and has been living with Tomas for over three years. She admits it that she has been living in sin for three years. We are trying to figure this out because neither Elder Gray or I have had the chance to teach someone who is committing adultery. So we are still trying to figure that out. Funny story though... we were walking to go meet with her on Saturday morning at noon and it had started to pour rain. I had my jacket and umbrella as we trudged through the puddles of rain. We were walking along the side of the freeway and I was behind Elder Gray. I had looked back for about two seconds just to see how far we came and if I could even see anything period. Just as I looked up I ran, face first, into a stop sign pole. I gashed my knee and had a huge goose egg on my forehead. Luckily, no one saw or heard the huge bang, but it hurt like a mother...
Anyways, those are my stories for this week. It sounds like all of you are having a great time! Staying busy with school and other activities. I am getting really jealous of not being able to watch Keaton and Sadie grow up. Sounds like Sadie is getting to be the popular girl in school! Dang I wish I had been Will at Mckenzie's wedding.... Super Jealous! I miss ya so much Sadie! Dont forget it. I cannot wait to hear from you on Christmas. That is going to be a great day. GOOD LUCK WITH TRYOUTS BROTHA! I know you can make that team. Give it your all. Kia Kaha! Just play smart. Thats all Alta wants, smart players who do what the coach says. I've been there. You can do it!
I am doing alright with everything here. Like I said, I had a tough week, but I am not being transferred anywhere this month so I am here in Villa for another transfer. YAY! I got your package today and will be looking forward to the next one to come. I loved getting all of the candy. The problem is is that I cant read the books you send me because the missionaries can only read the scriptures, Jesus is the Christ and the true to the faith. I wish I could and I will keep them, but I just cant read them for another 20 months.
Things are going well. Missing home, but doing okay. I am just trudgin along here getting this work done. Spanish is coming day by day and I'm
becoming more and more deaf with all the car horns that go off from the impatient drivers.... HAHA I will close this letter for this week wishing you all an amazing week. I am so glad to have you guys supporting me and I am so happy that I can call you my family. I miss you all terribly and cannot wait until the day that I get to see you all again.