Hey, how's every thing going
So, this last week, of course was thanks giving. On thanksgiving day we had our weekly planning (when we make plans for the coming week, and it usually takes at least three hours...I know it's long sometimes) But between that our neighbor who lives in the same building as us (I'll have to send a pix of our apartment, but it's pretty much a big house that has been split up into different sections) but he invited us over for thanksgiving dinner. However we already had a dinner planned, but we went over there anyway. Then one of the recent converts (he was baptized just before I got here) called us because he had some tomales for us. So we now have a bag of about 20 tomales in the fridge. This member was baptized and then immediately moved out to Raleigh and so far has stayed a pretty solid member. But he got there right about the time I left, he may have been there a few weeks while I was there, but I didn't ever meet him. But anyway, I was excited to talk to him, because I have heard absolutely nothing about Raleigh since I left, or about what happened to our investigators. But he hadn't been there too long and didn't really know much about the investigators I left. But later on in the day we went to the gonzales house to eat dinner, which was really good. It was kind of interesting though, it was kind of a mix between american food and mexican food. We had the turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy with tortillas salsa (salsa made of avacado green tomatoes, and chiles...it was really good) tomales and some sort of lasagna (I'm not sure where the lasagna came from...). But By the end of the day, not including the food we had already eaten, we brought home 2 1/2 plates of food each and 20 tamales.
So a funny story, yesterday me and elder Ratto were out knocking doors, and when we knock doors, because were the spanish missionaries we try to knock/look in areas/houses that have potential for hispanics, but on ocasion or actually quite often we contact people in english. Which is what happened yesterday. But this person had explained to us that she previously had been involved in religion, but had quit going to church, because she had began doing some research and found some things that she believed to have discretited the validity of the bible. However they were kind of nit picky things, not to mention the fact that we already know that the bible does have a few errors. But I wanted to share a scripture with her in Ether 12:6 which talks about faith, because I wanted to explain to her how she could obtain faith, but anyway, this is a lot of information which doesn't contribute much to the point of this story, so anyway... The verse starts out something like "and now I moroni..." She asked us how to pronounce it, so I told her, but I looked at my companion who was trying not to laugh, and I realized that I had pronounced it in spanish, and also that I couldn't really remember how to pronounce it in english.
Ok, one more funny story, but this one is more than just funny, because it was quite a miracle also. So we went on exchanges with one of our members (brother ahstrome) who is actually american...well, his mom is from el salvador but he never learned any spanish, but he served a mission in argentina, and he speaks REALLY good spanish. he's been off his mission now por probably 5-10 years, but he said that he has worked really hard to be able to speak spanish every day, and it looks like it's payed off. Also, he was assigned by the stake president to be a member of the spanish branch to help strengthen it (because usually the spanish branches have mostly converts). so that is why he's in our branch. But he is quite an outgoing person. Our appointment fell through and so we knocked the door of a potential, and after we knocked he began singin silent night in spanish, loud enough so that the people inside could hear, but gradually changing the words to things like "por favor abra la puerta para que vos podamos ensenar. lo que compartimos vos (he served in argentina so he speaks in vos...) brindara mucho felizidad" [Translation: please open the door so that we can teach you. That which we share will bring you much happiness] So the person came and answered the door, we later found, though, that he only heard slightly the singing (how sad...) But we got in and I saw about 3 guitars laying around the trailor, so of course I asked who played, he said that he did so I talked to him about that for a minute or two, and I got to play the guitar!! (don't worry I just played one song for about one minute) but he went on to tell us that he sang in a musical group before, and somehow the conversation turned into us deciding to sing a hymn, so we sang "que hermosa la manana" I'm not sure what it is in english ...maybe o how lovely was the morning [Joseph Smith's First Prayer, pg 26]... but we sang that which gave us a great introduction into the restoration, and from there we had an awesome lesson. and we have plans to teach him this week, so we'll see how it goes.