This week was just a week at first. Let me explain.
1. For the first time this week I held a chicken. Yup, a real live chicken. He was so cute and fluffy!
2. Also, I rode in my first Puerto Rican cop car. (don't worry, we didn't get in any trouble. The daughter of our eternal investigator gave us a ride to our next appointment because we were late one day. And well, she just happened to be a cop)
3. I ate carambola. Its star fruit and one of our investigadors has a tree and 'tis the season for carambola!
4. It is also the season for Pana, which is also another kind of fruit. So, for the first time in my life I had Tostones de Pana (basically pana deep fried. SO GOOD)
5. There is this thing called the Pollo Bailando which means the chicken dance....I really can't explain it...ask a Puerto Rican. But I also learned that.
6. On Tuesday, I felt my first temblor, or in english, earthquake. It was super small and my companion and I didn't notice until our investigador pointed it out to us. But, yeah, the world shook in Puerto Rico for a moment. And then everybody called everybody, and went out on the street to tell everyone else. It was really funny.
7. Lastly, we had two lessons with action figures. The first one, we used spiderman figures to tell the story of Nephi and Laban in the Book of Mormon. The next lesson was with another family, and we used the little leggo people to explain the Apostacy and the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Welcome to my mission :)
Besides all of the firsts, it was also a week of MIRACLES! One day especially was just fantastic. Here's what happened. So, every day we have to find a ride to our area, becasue we don't live in our area, and its a dangerous road to walk, but one particular day, we could not find a ride and we had an appointment that we really needed to go to. So, we just said a prayer before we left, and we just decided to walk. Well, right before we got to the dangerous part of our trek to our area we heard a car horn honk at us. It was a member! We had called her earlier and she couldn't give us a ride, but her thing was cancelled and she felt that she needed to take the street we were walking on. Well, the Lord answers prayers people. She was able to give us a ride, and as soon as we got in her car, it started to downpoor in rain. The Lord watches out for His missionaries.
I know that through all of our trials, the Lord is aware of us. He knows us, he loves us. I can't speak spanish very well, but sometimes I will be in a lesson and words will just come to me. I know in those times that the Lord is giving me the words to say so that I can help His children return to Him.
This week, take a moment to reflect on the blessings you have received this past week. When you do, you will notice the Lord's hand in all that you do.
I love you all! Stay strong. La iglasia es verdadera!
the ocean again at an investigators house