Um that's an interesting question because there is a ton of people on the street here that have heard a bunch of things about the Mormons and have a ton of different ideas in their heads of who we are. A lot of times it isn't true but sometimes it is. I think one of the most important things is that the person has the desire to know the truth, not just ask. Because a lot of people ask but they don't listen to the answer. But if we actually want to know the truth and we learn by the Spirit we'll be able to learn the things that matter and feel okay with some things that might not have a clear answer. We can't get the answer to every single question or doubt we have, but we can feel the Spirit testify to us and help us to discern the truth. That was mainly for people that aren't members but even as members there is always going to be more that we don't know than we do know. A lot of times as missionaries we have to invite the people to trust in their testimony of the Book of Mormon and just pray to God for a confirmation that something is right or that it's ok. It's hard to type coherent thoughts in an email but I hope that kind of makes sense.
This week was pretty long, it was transfer week. I realized I speak a lot of spanglish and that you guys probably don't understand some things I say. We were with the new missionaries and we were doing some trainings for them and I said "pensions" and that doesn't exist in English and I can only use house or apartment. Also changes, sector, and interchanges are transfers, areas, and exchanges. So I said something like " Yea, we have change week this week and all the missionaries had their new changes and moved to their new sectors." And they all just looked at me with really confused faces. So it'll be interesting to try and communicate with someone that doesn't speak any spanish. It's pretty hard and I feel self consicous.
Also this week we had the baptism and confirmation of Victor. It was super cool. He gave his testimony after the baptism and everything. He's a super cool guy. In the picture we're all wearing ties that he gave us. He said he picked them according to our personalities. He got us pretty well. He's going to get the priesthood this week that's coming up. He's doing a ton of family history work so he's starting off strong. He's super fun to teach because he understands really well, and he expects logical reasons for why we believe stuff. So we can share scriptures and explain and he'll understand and remember. It's amazing.
Time is weird on the mission, but it definitely does not feel like 5 years. It might just be because my absence is a lot more noticeable. (I told him his mission seemed like it was extra long for some reason : )
Stuffed shells sounds pretty dang good right now. I think one of the first meals though, is going to have to be just the classic roast beef, mashed potatoes, and rolls. It's an old favorite.
The changes went pretty well, my trainer Elder Gonzalez went home, so that was weird. There was a bunch of stuff to do as usual, but we got through it. It always fun to be able to see a ton of missionaries during the week, because there's a lot that pass through the office.
The next time I write will be Tuesday. Next week should be a little bit more calm. Now I'm only companions with Elder Smith from Utah. A new Elder, Elder Clark, got to the office and he's with Elder McAllister now. So we're back to 4 in the office again.
Love you guys a lot!!!Elder Cheney