I thought I´d kind of dedicate this update to telling a few stories!
The day after I got here, my companion, Elder Washburn, and I were walking around knocking doors and finding no success. It was getting to be a little later in the day and it was getting dark, so it was becoming less and less likely that knocking doors was going to be the way to finish off the night. We decided to pass by an investigator's house on the way to a member's house. And boy am I glad we did... We didnt find our investigator, but we found her husband. His name is Pedro. We talked with him for a little while trying to figure out his stance on religion, God, our church, etc. (It´s something we do with everyone to evaluate where we should begin). We ended up teaching him the Restoration, and it was super awesome! We answered A LOT of his questions, many of which were pretty hard, but we did it, and he understood everything we taught him! And the coolest part, at the end of the lesson, I invited him to be baptized! He accepted! It was so awesome!! After we left the lesson, I was so excited! There weren´t even words to describe how I felt! The sad thing is... we haven't been able to see him since... and the other day when we went to see him, his neighbor told us something like "stop bothering us, we don't need your church here" and it was weird because we weren't even talking to her, or clapping/knocking her door... but then she told us Pedro wasn't home and to leave, so we did... sad and confused. So we´re hoping to find him this week and teach him another lesson and make sure he´s still interested...
So here´s something that I find a bit crazy... I´ve been on exchanges (splits or whatever you want to call it) with other Elders in our district 3 times in my first week and a half... haha There was a point that the total time I had spent with my companion, I had spent with another Elder in our district, which sounds kind crazy, right? Yeah, I know! 36 hours into the mission field, I was already on exchanges, and I spent a day and a half with the other Elder! haha
We have this one investigator that is super capo, or capa I guess because she´s a woman.. haha but anyway! She´s awesome! She´s been investigating the church for a few years now but she´s already a member at heart. The only reason she isn't baptized is because she isn't married. She´s been "juntado", which literally means together or joined, for many years now but you can´t get baptized unless you're married. Her partner I guess you´d call him... is a member and HE is super capo also! haha He has a strong testimony. They´ve had some awesome miracles in their lives... I couldn´t quite understand what they were (my Spanish is coming along, but I still can't understand about more than 80% of most conversations), but she was saying her partner got miraculously cured or something and when they started seeing the missionaries some paranormal stuff started happening in their house during lessons like things falling off shelves and doors shutting and some other stuff. Sooo... that was pretty interesting. haha It´s interesting to see the things the adversary does to try to stop the work... my companion said some of his past investigators had some really serious trials before their baptisms and some of them stopped investigating because of them. That´s how I know the work we´re doing is so important, it's almost as if more challenges that come our way, the stronger my testimony grows of missionary work because I know the adversary is trying to stop us.
I´m running out of time, but I want to thank you all for your emails, and keep them coming! I love hearing from all of you!