March 30, 2015- Good Food and a Surprise
Hey Familiares y Amigos!
Things are going well here in Norfolk!
I got to eat some super yummy food this week! I ate mofongo, a famous dish from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It consists of fried plantains that are shaped like a ball with meat and spices in the middle. I also ate baliadas for the first time. It is the most famous dish from Honduras. Hondurans are always talking about them. A baliada is a soft tortilla filled with eggs, beans and cream cheese. I have to say that baliadas almost rivaled papusas. They were super good.
On Thursday, I went on exchanges with my zone leader Elder Brown. His companion came down to Norfolk to teach with my companion Elder Bradshaw. Elder Brown is an English-speaking missionary. It was really weird to teach in English again. But the hardest part was saying prayers in English out loud. We went to a potential investigator's house in their area. They hadn't been able to get in contact with him but when Elder Brown and I knocked on his door he answered and let us in. He had a ton of great questions and the spirit was super strong there. The guy had told us at the beginning of the lesson that he was expecting a call from someone. He received a phone call right when Elder Brown was in the middle of reciting the first vision. We had to end the lesson right there because the guy had to leave right then to go somewhere. It seems that Satan always has something come up when we are reciting the first vision.
On Saturday, we taught our investigators Osman and Carmina. Osman was busy so we were only able to teach Carmina. She surprised us when she told us that she had read all the way up to 1 Nephi Chapter 8. It is so awesome when our investigators have been reading and are able to tell you exactly what happened in the chapters that they read.
For some reason we've had a lot of people this week pulling out the scripture at the end of Revelations to try to prove to us that we can't have the Book of Mormon. On Sunday, we were talking to a man in front of this trailer, when another man came over holding his Bible in his hand. He immediately started reciting some scriptures in the book of Revelations. In response, Elder Bradshaw and I asked him inspired questions. We were able to steer him away from being so contentious. I asked him to look up Ezekiel chapter 37, where it talks about the Bible and Book of Mormon (the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph). He read the chapter and then he said that he would look into that, and then he left us alone
We got our transfer calls on Saturday. It really surprised me when President Baker told us that Elder Bradshaw and I would be staying together. This means that I'll be his last companion because this transfer is his last transfer. Then he said that I was called to be the senior companion and the new district leader. Now I will be a district leader over two Spanish sister missionaries and two English sister missionaries and Elder Bradshaw and I.
A couple days ago the church has put out a new initiative that is similar to the He is the Gift initiative. This time the message is focused on Christ's resurrection. The mormon.org website has a lot of information about the last week of the Savior's life as well as a bunch of videos that simply and clearly explain some of our beliefs. We have shared the website with a bunch of members and investigators and they loved it. I would definitely encourage all of you to check it out at helives.mormon.org
I hope everyone has a great Easter and General Conference weekend!
Me in front of Statue of Neptune in Virginia Beach