Monday, February 7, 2011

Things Are Looking Up!?


So I have to say that this week was a ton better. Me and my companion are actually really chill now and we talk about things. It was kinda rough at first because we didn't hardly talk at all. Things are alot better in that aspect.

Finding investigators in this area is really different at times, so we spend most of our time knocking doors in Tepito, because we can{t knock in the other half of our area, which is called Tlatelolco, because it is all apartments. The requirments to count someone as a new investigator is to teach them a lesson (which consists of 1-2 principles and a prayer), and to set up a return appointment with them. The tricky part is getting them to keep that return appointment. We found about 12 new investigators last week, but only 3 of them kept their appointment. Still, things are progressing. We had 2 investigators show up to church, which apparently none have shown up for months. So now the members actually see that we are working, and they all want to give us referrals. We have 2 lessons set up this week with friends of members. That is probably the coolest part about working in Mexico. You dont have to ask for referrals if the members see that you are working hard.

The ward here is a little different, but I like it. If the members cant tell that you are working, they dont like you. But recently, our hard work has been starting to pay off, and the members are starting to warm up to us. We have hardly any active members. We have about 85 active members out of like 300 members. Most of the inactive have gone off radar, and we cant get ahold of them. Interesting no?

The members definately feed us alot. I have been sick alot, mostly just from being forced to eat a ton. Members that sign up that cant actually feed us send us to a members restauraunt which is really cool. They serve something differnt every day, which I like because it gives variety.

Laundry. We are able to do laundry with some other elders, because they have a washer. There are no such things as dryers here, even if you are rich. They just dont exist. The wash machines are a little different too. I don't have my camera this week, but next week I will try to include some pictures.

There is no walmart or costco close to where I live. What we have in our area is whats called the Mega. It is basically mexicos version of a walmart, that they are trying to expand to the United States and all over the world. It literally is a walmart, with a different name.

So to tell you about my companion, he is from Monterray. He is the youngest of 6 children. His whole family are members, his parents were converts. He has 2 brothers and 3 sisters. His brothers and 1 sister served missions, so he is completing the family. By the way, it is very rare to find a mexican family where all men have served missions. Anyways, me and Elder Tadeo actually have alot of the same interests, which is really cool.

Anyways, Dunno what Else to say. Have a good week!

Elder Scott Donner

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