Elder Tingey's letters as he serves an LDS mission in Culiacàn, Mexico
Monday, February 13, 2012
A pumpkin? Young Folks by Bjorn
Picture - ...pumpkin?
I was in divisions with Elder Lopez during the week. We were off in this remote valley, and suddenly, I heard a loud, ghostly melody being whistled. Young Folks by Pete Bjorn and John! We started running around trying to figure out where it was coming from. Turns out it was a truck selling water. So, things are continuing to not make much sense.
Erick was confirmed and is still hilarious. He pulled out my Gospel art book and showed me the picture of Nephi shocking his brothers, "Look, it's Laman, Lemuel and Goku!" We're now teaching his sister's boyfriend, Jesús. He's really cool, and just showed up on his own to church! He plays trumpet in a symphonic band and in a "banda," so we have a lot to talk about.
The ward here is starting to get more pumped with all the baptisms that are going on. We've been trying to really work with the members and continue doing things to get everyone more excited about missionary work. The mission is doing a Valentine's Day activity where we invite all of the members to write cards to friends and family members with their testimony inside, and then the missionaries deliver them. We're also planning an open house for the beginning of March.
I love Mexico. I love that kids have fun by practicing soccer and playing accordian in the street. I don't mind that our neighbors play music so loudly at 2 a.m. I love that the last guy who slammed a door on us took the time to shake our hands first.
Our ward mission leader gave us a bit of really vital advice: the importance of centering our teaching in Christ. A simple, fervent testimony of the Atonement is more powerful than teaching all of the doctrine of all of the mission lessons, and people become converted by gaining a testimony of his divinity.
For this week, we have Santiago's baptism on Saturday. He's a really funny kid. He gets kind of distracted during the lessons - "Hold on, I want to see how many pages the Bible has!" but he's progressing a lot and is super excited.