Monday, February 1, 2010

Be Strong!

Hello my beloved familiares,

Another week has come and gone. This week seemed especially fast for some reason. I´d like to start out by sending a special shout out to my amazing sister Melissa! ¨hApPy BiRtHdAy MeeLiShAa!?!!? I hope you had an amazing birthday. The party at home sounded pretty fun, wish I coulda been there ;P I love you and I miss you very much.¨ - Love, your favorite sibling, Elder Matt

So something very lame happened last week. I was playing fútbol with a few missionaries and a few kids and basically I went to hit the ball with my head and succeded, but unfortnately another kid tried to do the same and headbutted me. So I started bleeding right under neath my eye and have had a black scab on my cheek all week. It´s not huge or anything, but EVERYONE asks what happend and I usually just tell them that my companion has a bad temper.

Also, this week I had my first snake experience. A snake is basically someone who hits on missionaries. I´d heard millions of snake stories, but never actually witnessed it until this week. We sat down to teach a lesson with this older inactive woman who wants to reactivate. Half way through the lesson her granddaughter comes in and sits down on the couch right next to me and just smiles. During the lesson she starts stroking my arm and i just kinda fidgit away from her and she just smiles at me. Then a few seconds later she starts rubbing my leg and pinches me. I was like what?! Finally we ended the lesson and I got out of there feeling extremely violated. I never knew that a four year old girl could be so feisty...

This has been a good week though. I battled our freezer and finally defrosted it after 3 hours of work and flooding the whole kitchen. Our 32 year old golden Investigator Rodrigo was grounded on Sunday. Leandro went by to pick up Rodrigo for church and Rodrigo's dad was waiting outside and said that Rodrigo isn't allowed to go to our church. Leandro said that before leaving the house he saw Rodrigo poking his head out the upstairs window. If you could please pray for Rodrigo that he can have the courage to persevere and that the hearts of his family members will be softened, I'm sure it would help him a lot. We also finally taught 10 year old Christian in a way that got him stoked for baptism. He's always gone to primary, but always been afraid to get baptized. We taught lesson 2 to him and 5 other cousins and friends and by the end of the lesson he asked us when he could get baptized. So cool. Most importantly, I've developed more faith in finding people to teach. A lady approached us in the street this week and now we´re teaching her grandkids. We helped a bruised up drunken lady to her house and passed by to teach her the next day. I followed a prompting to knock a random block of apartments 10 minutes before lunch and we entered in and taught a 25 year old guy. I know that the Lord has prepared people to receive this gospel, we've just gotta be diligent and watchful to find them. It's all a matter of faith.

I love you all so much and miss you. I hope all is well at home and that everyone´s healthy and happy. Be strong!


Elder Mooney

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