Well it was great to hear from everyone again. I'm not sure what happened with all the email errors but at least this week everything turned out good. Anyways this was a solid work of acting like a missionary in the United states, and what I mean by that is that we knocked on a ton of doors, got a lot of contacts and had everything fell through in the last minutes. This week we also pulled of a massive contacting activity, and deep cleaned our house!
Anyways this week was my first week with Elder Alavez, and dang it was a week of hard work for the both of us. Every day we went to bed with our legs and feet sore and then every day we went back at it hard! I'm not really sure what happened this week but it seemed like every appointment that we put down just fell through, and well when a missionary doesn't have anything better to do they get down and dirty and knock on all the doors. So that is what we did, every day we knocked around 100 doors and contacted every person that walked by us. It was a nice humbling week though, we worked harder than we have in a while, because quite frankly when one is in Mexico where the work is fast and you see the miracles quickly you start to forget that the missions in other places in the word are harder, so it is always nice to get a hard wake up call to make one work harder than ever!
On Tuesday we had our zone meeting, during which we asked the zone what they would like for us to do as leaders. We were given quite the big list! Anyways one of which was the desire to go to one area in the zone with all the missionaries and to contact everyone. So on Thursday we planned an activity to go to one of the areas that was suffering a bit. We planned out 1.5 hours where we would all contact. I offered 50 pesos to the winning companionship to spiff of the excitement a little bit. Anyways we began and everyone went crazy. We contacted literally an entire mountain, a good comparison would be contacting all of Farmington. We had the sister missionaries contact everyone that entered and left the colony, and all the elders contacted and knocked on all the doors. In the end of the 2 hours we united the zone and after adding the numbers up we gathered over 200 contacts, or about 1 contact for every half second! It was amazing! And of course, not all the contacts were super cool but several were and several attended church this Sunday and have dates for baptism! Good times for a missionary in Chihuahua haha.
Another big part of this week was that the president asked us to deep clean our apartments. This task included quite a large list of things that missionaries otherwise don't clean. Such as the patio, old missionary clothes, every cabinet in the house, etc. More or less many small things that no one typically wants to mess with. Anyways this would not have been such a big deal except for the fact that our house has had missionaries living in it for over 6 years, and well there are still clothes and trinkets from the missionaries that were here 6 years ago... Anyways to make a very long story, short, the day was full of hard work and after a lot of axe spray we were able to clean everything up and burn it! Because quite frankly nothing makes one feel better than a massive bon fire in the middle of the city, we took advantage of cleaning all the dead leaves on the patio and broken branches from the trees and we burned everything! The fire lasted about 2 hours, but it was great! I am pretty sure I will smell like smoke for a few weeks, but at least the house is clean! That was a tiny miracle that we were able to pull it all off in one day!
Well that was my week here in Mexico! Full of hard work and cleaning!
Con mucho amor,
México Chihuahua Misión