This week was really good. We are working hard and have found lots of new people to teach or "nuevos." We found a really good family this week and they have a lot of potential, I feel like that is something I say a lot, but when I start seeing someone I love trying to picture them a couple of years down the road as faithful members enduring to the end, and it helps we work harder with them to try and take them there. Also one of the sisters from the chapel told us that she has 2 little brothers who are old enough to be baptized and she wants them to be baptized and go to church with her. They only problem is with the mom. She was baptized a couple of years ago but turned inactive and we think that she doesnt like the missionaries very much, so I dont know how we will go about doing this. I guess with lots of "fe."
I dont have a lot to say about the last week, so I am going to talk about the Sabbath Day or "Día de Reposo" a little bit, and an experience that I have every week in the church.
At the beginning of the mission here in Juarez when I couldnt speak the language, I battled a lot during the week. Trying to live in a place where I didnt understand the people, and couldnt talk to them very well was super hard, and I would get discourged really easily. I felt really alone and struggled to feel the Spirit and love of God. I remember the first Sunday in the chapel in Azteca and what a relief it was to be in a house of the Lord. I sat down in the small sacrament room and listened to the Bishop start the services. I didnt understand much at all, a word here or there, but could feel such a peace and comfort come over my whole body. My mind was able to relax, and I finally felt normal again. I even gave a talk that week in Spanish in sacrament meeting that my companion helped me write because I had no idea how to do it, and felt really at peace.
For my first month or so of the mission I looked forward to Sunday so much because I knew that the church was a place where I would be able to feel peace and the love of God, even if I couldnt understand the language. I still look forward to Sundays because I am able to feel that same Spirit, but now I understand Spanish and the other days of the week arent as hard. I love "El Día de Reposo" and know that is really a day where we are ABLE to and NEED to "reposar" or rest from all of the work that we do during the week. Try to enjoy that blessed day a little bit more this week and I promise that you will all notice a difference physically and spiritually.
I didnt have any pictures this week so I took a picture with the timer on my camara from my bunk-bed last night so that you could see that I am still doing well.
Thank you for the emails and love.
Elder Cade Poll