August 6, 2016
"We do not strive for conversion to the Church, but to Christ and His gospel."
Last night I dreamed that E Colquicocha, our ZL from
was translating for us in the baptismal service of one of our investigators
because the hermano that was going to be baptized spoke in Russian. That was
Also, my head hurt the entire day. But we had a good day, started fasting, but now we can drink water! So it was a lot easier, to be honest. You feel a little more alive and a little less dead, so I was happy.
And we had Coordinacion with Jose, and a visit, and then we went looking for some people from the records we have. And it turns out (after contacting for an hour) that the lady had died a month ago from diabetes. Yup. I love how some elderes have the records with absolutely no good information, full names, ages, dates of anything, a small map of where on earth they live, phone number, someone who knows them, or how they received the teaching and follow-up visits. (sigh) Samuel, when you serve, PLEASE fill in the correct information so that when somebody opens your area after you they don't get lost. Anyways.
So we kept looking for some more people and had little success, and then we ran by a member to have them show us where their reference lived (because their directions weren't so great, either) and so then we visited with them for a bit. And then it got all thunder-y and lightening-y again around 8:00 pm, so we started heading back home. And then once we were inside, it rained. So that was a nice change!
Today we also explained to a lady why it was that Mary the mother of Jesus wasn't a virgin anymore when she had kids. That was an interesting conversation. We get some really random questions sometimes. We were teaching about the Restoration, and the second we said that Jesus Christ was here on the earth to teach us His gospel, she asked if Mary was still a virgin to this day. But we resolved her concern and everything's alright now, we'll visit her again on Tuesday. Fun lady, I like her.
I think one of the hardest things teaching here is that you'll teach about the Restoration, explain that Christ's true church is here on the earth again to bless us, they nod their heads and say a whole bunch of beautiful things, you think they understand, and then when you invite them to come on Sunday and ask if they'll attend, they say no, they have to go to their other church. Grr. The message obviously didn't get through very well. Or that they'll come to our church any one of these days, just not this Sunday for whatever reason. But we keep trying. Lucia got the joke, so we're very happy about that. It just makes me laugh a little about the logic here.
Today we walked 4.079 miles, burned 232.6 calories, and took 8,616 steps. According to my calculations, I've walked over a thousand miles since I got my sandals, so I can completely relate to the guy that sings the song about having walked 500 miles and that he would walk 500 more just to be the man who'd walk a thousand miles to fall down at your door. Or something like that. click: I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) It's been a while since hearing the song. I feel accomplished!