Week 5-Getting Settled In

This last week was absolutely loco trying to get to know the area. On Monday we had lunch at Burger King and then we were able to go grocery shopping to get stuff for the next week and then we went back to our ranch and played pool and Foosball with the other elders in our district. YES we do have a Foosball table and pool table and it is lit.
We then had the opportunity to go to a trunk or treat where we ate dinner but we had to be back to our place by 6:00 because they didn’t want any missionaries out on Halloween so yeah we returned to our place, cleaned and then we watched meet the Mormons.
Tuesday we had a normal morning and then because we were put in charge of a ward dinner called the harvest dinner we had to call for assignments and then we had dinner with the Pasket and then taught an awesome lesson to a family named the Alejandres where we then were able to invite them to baptism and to read the Book of Mormon and pray about baptism and the Book of Mormon so we will be going there tomorrow and we will see if they did it.
On Wednesday we taught some new investigators that we found named Alma and Isaac and then we taught an Investigator named Felipe and we really felt the spirit that night. Thursday we had a return appointment with Alma and Isaac but Alma wasn’t feeling good so we just ended up teaching Isaac and answering some questions that he had, specifically about faith and the importance of actions and how to grow our faith we have to act. We then had dinner with the Hurst family and they are so awesome. After that we went to an investigators home with Brother Hurst. The investigators names are Alberto and Jenny and they had actually dropped the missionaries prior to us but we were able to enter and we had the most spiritual lesson I have ever had. Alberto asked many questions regarding life after death and baptism and he admitted that he does like to drink and that he doesn’t really want to give it up. We were so happy he was willing to admit that he drinks because that is a huge step, so we felt prompted to promise him blessings, but we also said that we don’t want to push anything to quickly so we just asked them to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it along with praying about the things that we had taught to know if they are true. We set a return date with them and can’t wait to teach them again hopefully everything goes well.
Friday we had a zone training with Lyman Belnap who is the legend in the area and is so passionate about missionary work. He has taught a lot of the general authorities Spanish and writes the books that the missionaries use for grammar and vocabulary books so he gave us a training on how to study for our language and also the importance of getting the auxiliary leaders excited about the Spanish culture/ people. Any how that training was great. After that we had the chance to meet with Felipe again just to kind of gauge where he is with his testimony. The lesson ended up being really weird and hollow but we planned a return date so we will see how that goes.
Text we received from Sister Laurie Webb

On Saturday we met a family in the ward named the Spears and they are pretty cool. Then we had dinner at Todd Webb’s house and they made sloppy joes. We shared a spiritual message and then they took a picture and sent it to you.

After that we went to an investigator named Isabella and that lesson went great but a lot longer than planned so after her lesson we went and planned. Sunday we had ward council and then church and then we went to Bishops to finish planning for the harvest dinner and to have lunch. We then taught a less active named Pedro Garcia. We then went to dinner, made some calls for the harvest dinner and visited a family to invite them to the harvest dinner. We finished up the day with a planning session.
Thanks so much for your support in prayers and I can definitely feel them over here in the mission field.
 “God will sometimes calm the storm, but sometimes God will let the storm rage and calm his child”
Con Amor,
Elder Saunders
Here is a pic of our awesome Zone.

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