Things are going great here in Mercedes. I still love this place to death. There are some great members in both wards and we are teaching some great people in both as well. It's been a little rainy and cold this past week. I'm just trying to enjoy it while it lasts. Pretty soon I'll forget what rain is so why not enjoy tracting in it while I can, right?
Guess what? We won the futbol match last week! I scored the first goal and then my companion scored one, hermano Carrasco, the ward mission leader, scored one and then Leo, a recent convert, scored 2. It was maravilloso. We are playing again today at 2. I need to get back into shape though. After 30 seconds I was already beat. sheesh. Fortunately that's the case for most the missionaries. Too many tacos (and flautas, tostadas, gorditas, chili rellenos, taquitos, etc etc...)
Well, one day I am going to send some pictures. I promise.
I love you all! Thanks for todo lo que hacen para mi. Les quiero a ton!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
So I don't have a lotta time. The McAllen Zone (the one I'm in) and the Edinburg zone are getting together for a futbol match. It's gonna get ugly. Elder Harris and I need to go and get warmed up.
Real quickly though, it was an amazing week. 5 people that are preparing for baptism came to church. We are working with the R_____ family and they are AWESOME. All are members except for the dad, who just came back a couple weeks ago from Monterrey. They are a poquito loco, but they are amazing.
I'm having too much fun and loving every minute. Yeah there are some difficult times now and then but a phrase I shared with my last couple companions is "Every day is a good day when you're a missionary for the Lord." And it's true! We're being too blessed. Thanks so much for all your prayers! And your updates! I'll write more next week! I hope...
PS - I'll let you know how many goals I score in my next week's email. Good thing I can count real high in Spanish.
Wow. I love Mercedes Texas. This place is awesome. I'm back to being on the border! After a 3 hour ride back down to the valley from Corpus, I got out of the transfer van and took a big whiff of Mexican air. It smelled wonderful.
Mercedes is a small town of about 12,000, which is about the size of Rio Grande, but there are hardly any businesses; just residential homes. We also cover a small city of a few thousand called Progreso and it goes right up to the border. We are teaching mostly in spanish and it is amazing being able to teach in Spanish again. I can already feel my spanish improving.
My companion is Elder Harris and he's from northern Alabama. It's good to be with someone who isn't from the west. I got pretty sick of teasing everybody from Utah, Idaho, and California. We're having a great time serving together. It looks like we have the same goals and desires and we're definitely going to get work done here.
Before leaving Corpus, I had some of the members and investigators that we were teaching sign one of my journals that I use for people I've met on the mission. The M____ family each wrote an individual note and Sister M_____'s cousin, Nellie, wrote that she will send me a picture of her baptism day. She is getting baptized this Sunday. I'm a little disappointed that I won't be there for it after teaching her everything but I'm really excited to be able to teach the people here. I've already met quite a few. One of our goals for these next couple weeks is to build up our teaching pool because we only have a few investigators. Things are looking really good though. I hope I'm here for a while. The members are great. We cover both an English and Spanish ward and I'm trying to learn all their names. There are a lot of people.
Well family, life is maravillosa. Can you believe it's February? Maybe one of my prayers will be answered and time will start to slow down. Or maybe it won't, who knows. I'm just excited to see what my time here in Mercedes will bring me. You are all in my prayers. Thanks for everything!
Que tenga un dia maravilloso!
Con mucho love,