I hope all is well at home and that everyone has a safe Holliday. I think things are gonna be pretty exciting here tonight! Only time will tell.
Anyway this was a pretty good week! It is still hot here, like blazing, and people are saying that the cold is never gonna come this year because of something to do with the sun...I am not really sure what exactly. The stories people are telling us sound like they would be confusing even in English hah. Anyway I hope it isnt true and that the cold comes because it is toasty walking around in a shirt and slacks, with a big old shoulder bag, down these old dusty roads. But dont get me wrong, there is something I love about it. The members joke saying that this is a REAL mission in Mexico apart from those serving in the tropics. They say those missions are paradise without dying. But the struggle is definitely fun or rewarding or whatever you would like to call it.
This week we did some divisions. I went with Elder Larsen into the other half of the Azteca ward, and his real companion, Elder Hinojosa went to my half of Aztecas with Elder Cabrera. It was so good to be with an American for 24 hours hah. We could talk in English and relate with each other and share mission experiences and talk about High school and all the fun we had before the mission. It was definitely a good experience to be able to wind down and relax for a night. We sat out on the roof all night (until 10:15) and talked while looking over the city. It really was so fun! And something that I needed. With 2 Gringos walking down the street together we definitely were the victims of more heckling from the punks in the street haha but thats what makes it fun. Responding in English to their Spanish questions really seems to keep them quiet, but responding to them in Spanish and asking them how many languages they can speak humbles them too.
I want to share a quick scripture that I found this week during studies.
James 1: 2-4
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
This really helped me this week to see the bigger picture of things. God has His perfect plan, and with patience all will be made right. Trust in God during all times of difficulty, because truly His plan is perfect. We have to trust in Him before we see the blessings or before we see the rewards of our labors. I really needed this scripture. The mission is tough, and the work is still scarce here in our area. Lots of cancelled appointments, and well really we get lied to a lot, right to our faces. Before the mission I definitely had something else in mind. I thought that the people would be flocking to us and asking us to please teach them and baptize them but that isnt really the case. Really we have to WORK for the WORK. But like I said before it is rewarding. The few really good lessons that we do have each week make up for the bad.
Thanks again for all the love, support, and emails!
Elder Cade Jason Poll