I cannot believe that tomorrow will mark the completion of week three. I feel like I have done and learned so much, but at the same time it scares me that I will be leaving the shelter of the CCM in three weeks. AAAAHHHH! This week has been as full as the others. Our district is really trying to become more focused instead of becoming más flojo like some other districts. Personally, I want to cherish every moment that I have here, because I will never have an experience like this again!
We have begun teaching both of our teachers, who both have different problems and concerns with the gospel. We switch of daily, which can make it really hard to remember who and what you taught last. One of our teachers is a hard investigator....when we ask him to read a scripture, he will read it in his head unless you ask him to read out loud. Every single time! The other is not too hard, but he likes to challenge me with deep doctrine questions, especially about the need of the Book of Mormon. It has given me the chance to really study and ponder the BOM, so that I can teach the significance and need of it.
This week I have also had the oppurtunity to become an investigator for another Elder in my district, and for our teacher. I took on the personality of different friends, and it has really helped developed a better understanding of an investigator´s point of view. I have to try to think of how my friends would respond to the missionaries and their teachings, and whether or not they would agree with what they were hearing. This gospel is one based on personal conversion. If we do not have a testimony of our own, there is no way we can last. God teaches us personally, so we must be converted personally and teach others personally.
My teachers have both now realized how easy the language classes are for me. One teacher has me only respond to him in Spanish, and has me teach little parts of the lesson. The other teacher only talks to me in Spanish, and has me frequently explain to others what he is saying. They want to push and challenge me, y Estoy lista por los desafios de mis maestros! I love this language and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be learning more about it, and to be teaching the gospel in it.
My zone presidency challenged me this week by giving a talk in Spanish on Sunday! After I sat down I realized how smoothly my pronunciation had went. I knew it was the Spirit helping me testify of the truthfulness of my topic! On Sunday we also got to listen to a old devotional from Richard G Scott and watch Meet the Mormons! Sundays are now my favorite day (besides Pday ) because I just feel so spiritually full and prepared for the next week! It has really made me rethink how I should be spending my Sundays at home.
I think the most challenging thing for me this week was...TRC. Basically, people from Mexico City come and volunteer to be taught by missionaries in the CCM. Sometimes they are investigators, other times members, or new converts. Our teachers don´t even know who we will be teaching. For me it was super nerve-wracking because I felt like I was so inadequate to be teaching someone besides my teachers! But, my compa and I were lucky enough to teach our teacher´s wife. Ha ha! She was very patient with our Spanish and our nervousness. We taught her according to her wants for the lesson. It was a big leap of faith, but the Spirit guided us on what to teach. We now have TRC each week, and I am excited for the next lesson!
I love all of you so much. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be one of Jesus Christ´s representatives. I feel inadequate a lot, but I know He and Heavenly Father trust me to teach their people. I am excited and ready for what the next week brings!