This has been a pretty great week for me. I haven't frozen just yet so we are all good. The weather is starting to get colder and colder and the rain doesn't want to stop for us. I think the weather likes to mock us since we are riding on our bikes and walking everywhere. It no big deal though I just got a big wool jacket and some sweaters from goodwill today and then the jacket I'm getting sent to me should mean I'll be warm for winter. Talking about our bike we have had a crazy week in that regard. Some one let out the air in our tires one night while we were out walking around and we weren't very happy to come back to flat tires. Elder Mercado was just able to fill his back us and I was able to patch my tire. The patch only really lasted a day but it will be fine. Elder Mercado also got chased by a pit-bull while on his bike and had to pedal for his life.He didn't get eaten by the dog so all is well. I also crashed my bike while trying to hop up onto a curb. I just scraped up my knee a bit which isn't too bad. Bikes are a lot of fun other than the fact that we don't have heaters and windshields to keep us out of the elements.
I went on exchanges again this week with Elder Call. We had a good time and got to talk to a bunch of people. We also got to talk to one of the less actives who is from Nigeria. He is really cool and wishes he lived in the city. Sadly he is pretty far from the city. We shared ponderizing with him and his wife and challenged them to give it a try. We are going to be visiting them again this week and we will be able to follow up with them. Elder Call and I were able to work on making every opportunity a teaching opportunity. It's so much better and effective when you try and teach something when ever you talk to someone. Helps them feel of the spirit and understand what our purpose as missionaries is.
We had Zone Training Meetingand it was a great learning experience. We discussed accountability and our role in the conversion process. It's really important to realize that our accountability is to the lord and that as long as we are doing the things he asks of us we are successful missionaries. That also ties into our role in peoples conversion process. As long as we do our part, are worthy, and do our best to help our investigators we are successful. Our success isn't measured by the number of baptisms or any other number although it may seem that way. We have to remember that everyone has their agency and they are free to choose what they will do. We may teach an amazing lesson and they may not believe a word we say. But as long as we are doing our part and are able to tell the lord that we are giving it our all we are successful. Sometimes it is hard to look at it like that but its so true. Some missionaries never baptizes but are still some of the most successful Elders and Sisters in their mission. We also discussed asking inspired questions which is something I think I can work on. We need to be asking questions that prompt though and soul searching and lead them to asking questions of their own. Asking questions is a key part that helps the investigator better understand how things apply to them.
Our investigator in the English ward came to church again this week. She is really progressing and she is really starting to grasp what we teach. She enjoys theschool class as it gives her a change to ask questions and learn more doctrine in a simple way. We invited her to be baptized and she declined saying that she had been already baptized. I was going to explain why it needs to be by the proper authority but she went off on a tangent and we were not able to pull it back. We are hoping to get a baptismal date for her this upcoming week and keep her progressing. We also want to get her into a members house for a lesson to help her progression.
We have a few other families we are trying to work with as well. We have also been trying to find some more people who have really be prepared by the lord. We know that as long as we put in our part we will be able to find those people we are looking for. We have been talking to just about everyone we see and it is starting to really pay off. We are looking for some more Spanish people to teach so we can help the Spanish ward here grow.
Elder Mercado and I are getting along great. We are both from Texas so there aren't very many problems. We both bought some cheap tennis rackets today and are going to start playing tennis in the mornings during our workout time. It's going to be a lot of fun.
I hope all is well back home. Remember every member a missionary and it is easy as being friendly to everyone and sharing the gospel when you can.