Well this week was fairly basic. My companion needs to close the financial cycle of the mission, which has left me to do basically nothing at all in terms of my work as secretary. So I spent the large portion of my week studying, doing practice essays and math problems, increasing my writing speed to 72 wpm with accuracy, and doing splits with other missionaries whenever I was given the chance, oh and designing the t-shirt of Chimex (my zone). Saturday we got to go to a famous cave system here in Chihuahua called (Nombre de Dios), it´s a thing that most missionaries never get to do in their mission (it´s open every day except Monday-p-day), due to us having our p-day Saturday we could go! It ended up being really cool and very hot and humid in some parts. There were a couple Americans there as well so it was fun to talk to them. We don´t see Americans often here because they just tour the cool stuff, and most of that stuff is closed Saturday or we as missionaries can't go. Anyways we talked for a bit, and although they weren´t to interested in the gospel, it was still fun to speak a bit of English with people haha.
Well throughout this week I spent almost every morning doing something with immigration. One of the new white guys lost his green card on arrival (kinda like I did when I arrived) so I spent the entire week working with immigration to allow him to get a new one. The process that should´ve only taken around 30 minutes ended up taking about 2-4 hours every day for the week. It´s all good because they have now accepted the documents and all I have to do is tie off the loose ties on Monday nice and early in the morning.
This week came the Ojinaga Elders for their interviews a bit unexpected but very cool on my end haha. The assistants told them they couldn´t come if they didn´t bring the packets. I got my 3 new Rubix cubes to add to my collection of 9 different types, which I can all solve now! I´ve started to become well known for my collection of cubes, and it´s a pretty good life hahaha. Oh and my companion is very thankful for the Swedish fish, I still don´t understand but almost all the Latinos are addicted to the stuff, so in other words my companion is very content too haha. Thanks for the zebra cakes they have been very good whenever we run short on energy in the offices haha. The new tie that Grandma Bunch sent me has also been pretty sweet as well! Now a lot of missionaries are looking around for the style that she sent, it´s quite the awesome tie! I´ll look forward to my soccer cleats and socks as well, that´ll make the soccer life a lot better. It turns out I'm not very good at playing soccer, but I'm an excellent defender especially when they let me play soccer like lacrosse with full contact, the missionaries only get mad at me when I'm not on their team hahaha. Same thing happens in basketball, not in terms of contact but the fact that no one can take a rebound from me (height advantage haha) most of the time I get banned from entering the inner ring hahaha.
This Saturday we got to go the Caves, it is actually quite the cool cave system, you walk for about an hour through more or less a straight line, the caves used to be an old silver mine, but the quality wasn´t good and it was pretty dangerous and resulted in the deaths of many workers and kids that fell down the shoot, so they closed it down and reopened it into a cave tour with newly made passages and a whole bunch of items. Besides the caves the day started out really cool because one of my almost converts in Ojinaga- good chance soon to be converted. Called me up at about 10:00 and told me he was going to come visit me in a bit. So we went to the caves and as soon as we got out, he called me and told me that he got in a massive accident, and was fine, but wouldn´t be able to make to the offices. That was quite the bummer, it´s a bit crazy at times how many accidents there are here, we´ve gotten in a few while in Uber, and we see at least 1 every week as it is happening, crazy chihuahua drivers haha.
Sunday we had our stake conference and Elder Ruiz from the 70 came down from Delicias (my first area) and talked to the entire stake. The conference was focused on marriage and he kept messing with the young single adults (JAS), and then he did an activity with the missionaries and the JAS where he brought every missionary in front of the stake and then brought up JAS for each companionship of missionaries. We then had to contact the friends of the JAS using their social media. It ends up being pretty fun and we will see the results with time. The fun part of the conference was how he called out almost all the members about how they didn´t love their spouse enough and told a story about when he was going to be called stake president a long time back. The 70 of the area called the kids of Elder Ruiz up to the pulpit and asked them each a question about their family. He started with spiritual questions (family home evening, scriptures study, prayers,etc.) and they all answered them perfectly. Then he asked them about the love of their family, and he asked his smallest daughter if she knew that her parents loved each other. When he asked this question she went blank and said nothing. So Elder Ruiz told us that the moment that the 70 did this interview in front of everyone was the day he committed to change, and so he talked a lot more on this subject today, but that was some of the cooler parts that he talked about. But basically, he said that although the gospel part of the church is very important, the love felt in the family is equally as important between spouse and kids. In order to strengthen one, you need to strengthen the other as well. Every one of the speakers that talked today told their stories about how they met their spouse, which was pretty cool because we got to learn how the president of mission met his spouse on the last week of his mission. Although every missionary here in the mission knows that part of the story, they don´t know what actually happened, and now I am one of the few that does! Win! Hahaha.
Well, that was our week here in Chihuahua, oh and my trainer is my companion again, only for this week, but it is awesome! He has been one of the best companions that I've had yet!
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