|Joe Bowling with his District|
It has been a joke between me and Elder Carver, every time something crazy happens, we say that is just another thing we have to write home about. And this week there is a ton of stuff so I hope I have time to write everything because it was a very eventful week. First off they made the announcement that our mission is going to be divided into three missions in July. It wont effect me but it is just crazy to see the work moving forward. In July they will be creating 8 new missions here in Mexico City. When President Valadez was a missionary here 30 years ago there where only 8 missions in all of Mexico! It is just crazy!!! They needed to do it for all the new missionaries that are coming. In fact, this next change we will be receiving 30 new missionaries! The Lord is really accelerating his work.
We were walking in the street the other day and we heard a voice behind us that said "Y'all talk English". It was Julie our new investigator from Maryland. She has been living down here for 4 years since her husband got deported (she didn't even know he was illegal) and almost doesn't speak any Spanish. She said that she wanted to get closer to God but didn't know how. She is Baptist, or at least that is what her mom told her. I didn't think it would be so hard to teach in English but it has been quite a challenge. She has two kids, Joseph (4 years) and Kaylan (2 years) and they are very rambunctious! They speak a little bit of English and a little bit of Spanish but really not that much of either.
We invited her to come to church and she came. She was scared to comes because she thought she was going to burst into flames when she walked into the church but she came anyway. My companion and I were really glad they came. I was worried that the kids wouldn't like to sit very long, cause when we have went to teach her they kept running out in front of cars or falling down 3 flights of stairs, but it was amazing how they just sat there reverently through the whole sacrament.
While we were all sitting there in the sacrament meeting Julie just started bawling. We didn't really understand why because she didn't even really understand anything anyone was saying but she said that she had a feeling really good in her whole body and just started to cry and didn't even know why. Her kids went to primary and she loved that. She said she will definitely be coming back next week. She also wants to be baptized, and we will be having the baptism the last week of March.
We also had an amazing experience with a family we found. The dad is Pedro and the Mom is Raquel. They where a referral from another Investigator that we had. They are just great people. They work super hard, but they re-arranged their whole schedule just so they could have time to listen to us. They said that they have never accepted someone in their home to talk about God before. They usually just turn them all away and say "we are catholic" even though they never go to church.
We felt the spirit strongly as we entered their humble home and we felt their sincere desire to follow Christ. They have had a lot of problems in their life, especially Pedro with Alcoholism, but he has had 2 months without drinking right now. Which is quite the accomplishment. We were kind of hesitant to put a baptismal date with them for one reason or another but we did and they accepted. They couldn't come to church this week but really want to come and will be coming the next week! The coolest part of the whole lesson was the closing prayer. We taught them how to pray and we invited Pedro to say the prayer with us all kneeling. It was amazing!!!! His prayer was simple and sincere like a child and we were all just crying. It was just amazing. I am super grateful the Lord allowed us to go there and teach them this message.
We also had a crazy incident with my companion Saturday night. We were teaching one of our investigators, Jesus, in the street because he is this old guy who sits outside his home and sells candies. But while we were teaching Elder Carver got all dizzy and fell to the ground. While he was on the ground his face was super pail and he said that his arms were falling asleep like when you sleep on your arm, I made him put his feet up so the blood would run to his head and Jesus gave him some gum, but that was about the only thing he did to help because he was just panicking. I called Hermana Valadez because she was a nurse and she said take him to the nearest pharmacy. So I picked him up and took him there. Thankfully it was just around the corner, and there was a doctor there who attended us. He had a stomach infection and very low blood pressure. So I bought some medications and took him to the house. She said that we didn't need to take him to the hospital and that he would be fine with the medication. We walked home but I had to keep him from falling the whole time.
When we got home he still had a bunch of pain in his stomach and he said he felt like he needed to throw up. I told him to just throw up then, but he didn't want too and fought it for about half an hour until it just came up. He made it half way to the bathroom before it projected from his mouth. He put his hand over his mouth to stop it, but it came out with such force that it just sprayed everything, the ceiling and the floor and everything in between. It was the worse day to throw up to because at every lesson we had been too, they gave us food to eat, so it was a ton. And it was disgusting!!!! So we cleaned it all up. Now he is a lot better, taking his medications. So it was quite the week!! We also gave a blessing almost every day. I am so grateful that I have the priesthood to bless the live of others and the spirit that can help us know what to do when situations get crazy. I am glad to hear that you are all doing well and I love you all a ton.
Con Muchísimo Amor,
Elder Joe Fuell