Semana Veintitres: A Nasty Cold

Another great week!!! This week I have really felt a lot of love for the mission.  I just really really like it and am so happy I am here.  Even with all the challenges!  I love it!


Today I went to get money out of the bank and the machine ate my card!!!!!!!!  So we went to teach Margarita and she wasn´t there... she said she would be back at 8 so we went to visit Hermana Julia and then back to Margarita´s but she STILL wasnt there... then the zone leaders called and said we had to go meet everyone in the park so we ended the day... it was crazy.  Also a sister was with us all night that only had one transfer more than me and she struggled with her spanish so much that they changed her mission call to MONTANA!! She is gonna have to change her whole wardrobe.  I am so grateful for the way I have experienced the gift of tongues!


I am ill.  But that is okay.  We got a new ward mission leader and it is AWESOME.  He works so much better than our last one and we are really improving the situation in the ward!  

We had a lesson with Margarita today at last.  Right when we got there she started off a list of her doubts.  We listened... then identified that the real problem was that hadn´t received an answer to her prayers about the truthfulness of what we taught last time.  I knew that if she could HEAR the restoration and not just read it in the pamphlet that she would FEEL the truthfulness... so we shared Lesson 1 with her and it was my turn to recite the first vision... I´ve got that thing GLUED to my memory and NEVER forget... but today suddenly I forgot!! I paused brieful and then resumed and it turns out that pause was just what she needed.  The spirit was so strong and she said her hairs were standing up on end on her arm.  She said she could feel the presence of God and KNEW that the Restoration was true.  It was a powerful experience!! Then she said she still hasn´t received an answer so now I´m wondering what her question is...


I am just really ill.  It´s a nasty cold and I don´t feel at all well.  Last night was awful and apparently I had a nightmare because H Garcia says I was SCREAMING in my sleep. But it´s all good Ñ= smiley

All we did today was pray and work!  We really only have like 4 investigators.  It´s a bummer.  So we have been studying and studying and studying how to find enw investigators in preach my gospel  and we put it all into practice today!!  We visited Menos Actoivos and Recent Converts to ask referrals... members to ask referrals... contacted former investigators to try to teach them again and ask referrals... offered service.. talked to EVERYONE.. and... nada.  So we prayed and started knocking doors.  In dos cercas.. nada... so in porvenir.. nada... so gravilias... nada... so we prayed again and went forth with faith... nada.. It´s a little discouraging but we know that if the Lord wants four baptisms this month he will get them!! Even if it doesn´t look like it!! 


I just really like the mission.  Today we fasted again to find nuevos.. especially those that will be baptized this month.. our four!  We headed to teach Margarita.. we´ve known she has a boyfriend and drinks coffee so it is important that we teach ehr the Ley de Castiadd and the Palabra de Sabiduria right away.  When we got there her boyfriend was there and she said We live together now!!! noooooooo!Ñ= smiley.  One day too late... one day!! haha oh man.  But we put a baptismal date with him too for the 29 so now its a family!  They just have to live separately again or get married..... then she and him and her daughter Jasmin can be baptized on the 29!!!  And Evida too!! We put a date with her for the 29th too!!! There´s four!! 

Adriana and Michael... I dont´know if they really want to listen to us Ñ) frowny.  they always have excuses.  Also we visited the evangélica wife of a menos activo... I think there is potential there just slower progress.  

Today the cough started and it sounds gross.. but thats okay!

And someone entered the church with a gun and robbed some children in the chapel Ñ) frowny.  We live in a sad sad world.


Today we had four lessons with new people!!!! But... they didn´t accept a second visit.  Ñ) frowny.  
My cold is even worse but Grama Nuria´s got me covered.  She gave me limes to squeeze to drink hot.

Even though we had a lot of doors shut in our faces... H Garcia and I had lots of fun together.  I really love her and am so grateful for the blessing of having her as my companion!  


Oh Saturdays... the second most important day of the week... the last day to find nuevos to bring to church and the day when you have to visit ALL your investigators to get em to come!  And today... they will cancel those appointments so that you are just left PRAYING with ALL you have that they won´t bail on you when you go pick them up tomorrow.  Well thats what we were up to today!!!  Also we have been really low on lessons with members this week so our district leader sent a member from his ward to work with us.  She is really tiny and yells when she talks and gets right to preaching the gospel in every situation.. she is great.  And also she bought us coconuts to drink and told me specifically that it is good for the skin.. With her today we were in Dos Cercas and a drunk man yelled at us so of course we ignored him but she said let´s talk to him!! So off we went to talk to him and it turns out he is an alcoholic but wants to change his life and just doesn´t know where to congregate.  He said the "something" told him to shout at us.  We put a baptismal date with him...Andres for the 13 of Dec (happy birthday Kenn!)  We are gonna take him to church tomorrow!  Maybe the Lord is giving me miracles like that and I´m just ignoring them because I think they are drunk!!!!! Or maybe not... haha but we will see if he actually progresses!


Oh how I LOVE sundays... we woke up early and left the house early to go pick up all our investigators.  Our spirits were cheery because we felt so confident about Evida Margarita Rodrigo and Jasmin... our four baptisms!!!  none of them came to church Ñ) frowny.  Not one!!  That means all their baptismal dates fell through and they can´t be baptized this month Ñ) frowny.  Finally it was nine and we had to go because I was giving the talk today.  Last minute we remembered a señora that we contacted in the street and said she would come to church so we went to her house and hey!  She came!! She is named Mariana and i think she has a little mental problem but the ward was great and greeted her and everything.  I gave a talk on missionary work to motivate the members and I think it worked!  There were tears in the congregation and afterwards several families came up to us to ask if they could work with us this week!  Awesome!!!  Also a member... Caroline Fallas... had a non member friend with her today named Daniel.  He is from a different area so we didn´t think anything of it.  But she invited us over to talk to him after church and of course we went.  WOW he is so prepared!!!  We taught him the restoration and he accepted a baptismal date for the 29th of this month... we are going to baptize him in our ward because of the support and friendship he already has here.  And thus we see that even with all the dates that fell... Heavenly Father is already giving us miracles. Today our leaders asked how many baptisms we are REALLY going to have... I told them that we really only have the possibility of 2... but that we received revelation from Heavenly Father that our goal should be 4 and I´m not going to change or doubt that revelation just because of some setbacks.  We are going to just keep working with the faith to see miracles!!!!!

Still way sick and could barely get sound out during my talk... the members love to take care of me though.  Hermana Patricia (the member that we eat dinner with every sunday night) gave me a long sleeved shirt a scarf and limes and honey haha.  

Also today I had my first experience teaching someone who doesn´t believe in God... it is SO different from the usual experience!! How did you do it dad?

Well yáll... that was my week!!! I know that this is the true church and I am so blessed to be serving a mission.  I KNOW we will be seeing miracles this month so stay tuned!!!  I miss you all and hope you are doing well.  So excited for all the babies ... I´m praying for you all!!! Also I got the package today!!! Thank yo SO much for the christmas music and hot chocolate... maybe finally it will feel a little more like christmas!! Love you all!!

Hermana Cook

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