Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Week 56: Mango Hunting and a Flood

Sorry I was not able to write on Monday. I went to Guaymas again to finish renewing my visa.  It was really fun. It was another party with my generation. Then when we got back we stayed with the missionaries in Macapule again. Only this time Elder Lowry was there. He asked President if he could end his mission in Macapule and he said yes. 

That video was so awesome of Jacob, Austin and Dakota. It was cool to hear a little bit of Spanish thrown in there. And I honestly laughed out loud at the picture of the LATE tag on Jacob's bag. It was so funny to see that it is the same old Jacob. 
But this week alot happened in such a short period of time. One of our favorite families from 4 Milpas moved. :( They went to Tijuana to live with their son and to work because there is not that much work here. But we are going to miss them because they were one of the few active families in the branch. 

Also, I dont know if I have already told you this but there are so many mangos here. After every lesson people ask us if we want mangos. We have like 5 kilos in the house. They are so good. So I have a couple of pictures of my companion and I hunting mangos. 

Last Sunday we were so stressed out when we got to the casa de oraciĆ³n...We got there to find that one of the pipes behind the building had burst and that the whole back room was flooded with water. There was so much water that it even entered the room where we have sacrament meeting. So we spent like 10 minutes collecting all the water with mops and we left the backroom flooded because there was not enough time to clean everything up. Then like 5 minutes before the meeting was going to start, someone told us that the person that we assigned to speak was not going to be able to come to the meeting. So that means that we both were going to have to speak. But it all turned out well. I presided and blessed the sacrament and my companion conducted and passed the sacrament. Then we both gave our talks. I talked about the importance of the sacrament and how we can make it more meaningful each time we come to church. That during the week we need to repent of our mistakes then when we come to church, we should prepare ourselves mentally to take the sacrament. Because it is not the action of taking the sacrament that gives us the remission of our sins. Just like how simply getting baptized does not wash away our sins. It is the sincere repentace process that takes place before and that is then sealed with a covenant. And when we partake of the sacrament, we get to renew that same covenant of baptism that we make, and we can still feel the same joy that we felt that day we were baptized all over again. 

So one of our investigators is proving to be very difficult. She has been investigating the church for about a year. She always comes to church, reads her scriptures, she even pays her tithing! But her problem is the law of chastity. She has a boyfriend that pays for the rehab of one of her sons who was a drug addict. But the worst part is that her boyfriend is married. He has a wife and kids. And she is struggling to make the decision to repent and get baptized. And we dont know what more we can do because she knows what she is doing is wrong and she knows exactly what she needs to do. 
But her mom is doing really well. We taught her the Restoration and she now understands more about Joseph Smith. She is progressing. She just needs more time, so that we can teach her everything.
And our other investigator just stresses us out. She has so much trouble paying attention. We explain things so basically, but she cannot understand and pay attention. She says she wants to get baptized, but we need her to understand what we are teaching before she can. 

But everything is going well here in 4 milpas. Ohhh... I got a new bike. The bikes that we have are for like 10 year olds, so it really hurts my back to be hunched over all day. But the family that left for Tijuana was selling all of their things including their bike. So I called up President Myers and he authorized me to buy the bike. I was super happy because now I have a bike that is my size :). 

Well I love you all so much. Congrats to Parker who got his braces off. Ohh and thanks for the package that you sent. The secretaries gave it to me when I went to Obregon to go to Guaymas. Thanks to everyone for all the letters. They were great. Tell Oma to be careful about sending money because they opened all the letters that were in my package. But I dont think that they took anything. 
Sorry for the late letter but it is better than nothing haha. I want to send the video of my shirt burning but the file is too big to send by email. I can try to send it by dropbox next monday. 
Elder Snyder

Mango Hunting

The shirt burning!! 1 Year!

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