Hey everyone! I can't believe it has been a month. Lots of good things have been happening here and I'm loving every moment here. It has been a rainy week.
Wednesday: They brought skittles here for purchase and that was pretty awesome. I miss American candy so much. Wednesdays are always a little tough because it's the day after Pday but I'm usually really pumped to get back to work too! We had a great lesson this day without investigator Gabriel and he almost said yes to baptism again. He said he feels the spirit and knows what we say is true it's just different for him.
Thursday: More work that is for sure. We had a lesson with Gilda and she accepted baptism! The spirit was there in that lesson and it was pretty cool. I began to realize I love teaching lessons because since I am forced to speak only Spanish I realize how much I have learned in 4 weeks.
Friday: I feel bad I don't have much to write but the mornings are mostly filled with study and language practice and the afternoons are the interesting parts where the teaching happens and stuff like that. We went to teach Gabriel, but he dropped us at the door. It was sad because we saw things improving in his life and could feel the change in our lessons. It was a sad rest of the night until planning. Our teacher walked in the room while we were planning and we all saw it in his hands. 3 dear elders and a handwritten letter, the first ones anyone had seen in our district! He taunted us with them for a half an hour and just before he left he handed them out and I was so happy when the letter was for me. That made my night so much better and gave me more hope for the rest of the week with Gabriel dropping us.
Saturday: We taught Gilda again and things went well but she isn't progressing much because she isn't doing anything we ask her too. It's frustrating but I want to help.
Sunday: We had a great Sacrament meeting and had many great devotionals. My favorite devotionals to watch are of Elder Holland because he always says "No one has been affected more from a mission than me" He is such a powerful speaker. This devotional he said as a missionary you should convert yourself first before you teach that is the most important. The thing he hates most is when a missionary serves for 2 years and then becomes inactive. He said if that's any of you Elders you better hope you don't see me in any dark alleys you're walking in. Our Latino roommates learned a new game that we all played this night and it was fun. We played Ninja strike it was awesome.
Monday: Mondays are so hard because I just can't wait for Tuesday. We had a surprise though, our new investigator is Gabriel. The first missionaries before helped him and this is us teaching him again 2 years later. It was pretty good but weird at the same time. He committed to baptism the 1st lesson which just had me in awe.
Tuesday: This morning I woke up at 5 to say goodbye and good luck to our Latino roommates because they are leaving from the airport to their missions which are in Nicaragua. As I said good luck Elder Miranda said In Spanish: I will see you in heaven again. I may never see those guys in this life but I know we will have the chance to discuss our missions in the eternities. I said Hasta Luego to him instead of Adios because Hasta Luego means: Until Later. We went to the temple this morning and after this we are going to the small market just down the street. This is like a small supermarket for us to buy treats and things we feel we need for the mission field which is 2 weeks away! crazy huh.
Well I want you all to know that I know this church is true. Everything just makes sense that this is for eternity it's wonderful! I love you all.Love Elder Daybell