I´ll give you an example of one of our days this week --:
We had a lesson at 9 which is normally when we have comp study but desperate times call for desperate measures... We visited a reference who had been attending a different ward. But he wasn´t there so we met his brother and uncle...but couldn´t enter the house because the only woman inside was sleeping and, well, mission rules. Which was awkward to explain to them and they didn´t really understand why we couldn´t sit inside the door even if it was open. While I was trying to explain this, I ACCIDENTALLY STEPPED ON THEIR SMALL NEWBORN PUPPY who was behind me. Terrible right? I felt so. bad. Luckily he was alright, but that just increased the awkwardness of the situation by about 200%. So we ended up teaching them in the park across from their house. And they had SO MANY QUESTIONS that we ended up teaching for an hour and half. Cesar is 23 and was Catholic as a kid but had a ton of questions about the church. Javier is his uncle who has a band and travels ALL OVER Peru so doesn´t actually live in one place...and he´s basically Agnostic... and was super curious about what we believe and our standards, etc.
After that we were heading to the next appt and stopped by the panaderia. Jean Carlos (literally most popular name in peru besides Juan) who sold us pan contacted us asking about who we were, about the church, etc. Practically invited himself to take the lessons. So we made an appt with him, and as we walked away I was telling Hna Glunt that sometimes I´m more stressed than excited about super great new contacts and investigators because we have SO MANY right now. We stopped by German´s taller -- like where his fixes cars -- and read the BoM with him for a bit (he´s been needing frequent visits lately since he´s struggling so we stop by every few days for about 20 mins), then taught Lita (investigator). Then as we were looking for a contact we ran into Kelly, a previous contact who immediately wanted us to come in and visit with her. She´s super duper Catholic and mostly was asking us about the US so we drank the juice she gave us super fast and shared a quick message so that we could peace out and get to lunch....which was with el obispo and his family at a restaurant since he had forgotten we were coming over. haha.
Later that night was Eduardo and Arturo´s baptism!! It was such a great baptismal service. So much support from the ward, we had everyone there write notes to them as they were changing clothes after the ordinance, and you could tell that they were so happy afterwards! Gina will be baptized the...she has just struggled coming to church because of her job. They are praying as a family to find a solution so that she doesn´t have to work Sundays. I feel so blessed to be a part of bringing a family into the gospel!! And I´m SO grateful for the revelation Pres. Rasmussen received to have us knock on doors because that´s how we found la familia Araujo!
Our investigators didn´t do well this week with asistencia....but we had a less active come and were so happy!!! Reyna was quite reserved when we first met her but has changed a ton and we are thrilled every time she keeps the small commitments like reading the BoM and coming to church!
Coffee is going to be a desafio for Italo but we are praying super hard for him!
Anyways, things are awesome down here in Peru! Still blazing hot and we currently have an ant, spider, and mosquito problem in our room, but I still love being a missionary here in Piura :)
Spiritual thought next week!