This week was a wild one. It started last Monday when we were riding our bikes to a lesson and a guy going in the opposite direction in his car stops and flags me down to come talk to him. So I get off my bike and go over to him and he gets out and starts to talk. Evidently, last Monday there was a conflict between Chile and Peru about ocean territory so it had people a little riled up. So he started by saying that in the Mormon church we believe in obeying our government leaders because it says in the 12th article of faith (and then he starts quoting the text perfectly). He recited the 12th article of faith by memory! I can’t even do that! So that was pretty crazy and then he started to make up situations to indicate that if our government leaders are evil and do bad things then we have to follow them and that is not what Christ would do. He ended by saying that our church was false and then he told us that he wanted us to come to his house to talk about the Book of Mormon with him Thursday at 7. Then I said okay and he got in his car and left. I was laughing and confused. He just bashed the church but then told me to come to his house to talk about the Book of Mormon and he knew the 12th article of faith perfectly. It’s crazy but we are going to see him tonight.
We had a sad experience because one of our best investigators that plans to be baptized soon had to move 😦 He moved to another ward and will get baptized over there we hope. He is Mauricio. But we are moving ahead and finding more people. Another funny experience we had was on Wednesday when we had a companion exchange. My companion went to another sector and another elder came with me for the day. We didn’t have anything to do early in the day and so I asked him if he had any ideas. He had been here before so he said that there is a part of the sector that looks like there are a lot of houses that nobody goes into. He said he had seen it on the map. So I said let’s go. When we got to the area it turned out that it was a huge camp of squatters, gypsies and homeless people. They had built make shift houses and lived there. I knew immediately that this was going to be the most interesting contact of the week. We entered in and everyone stared at us like we were aliens. In the end we taught a lesson but had to leave because most of them were drunk and didn’t understand. It was very interesting though!
The coolest spiritual experience of the week was on Saturday night. We weren’t finding anybody the whole day and then we decided to go visit an inactive member that we found on the ward list. We got there and they let us in. They told us that they had just been talking about going to church in the morning and that they really needed to go. They hadn’t been to church in 4 years. So I shared 3 Nephi 18:6-7 with them. Part of the scripture says that when we take the sacrament we are demonstrating that we remember God. And I asked them what happens when we don’t take it. They said that it shows God that we don’t remember him. Then I asked them how they think that God feels when we don’t remember him. The wife started crying and the husband was silent. I said that he feels sad because he is our loving father. I started to cry and said that he wasn’t mad at them. But that he was sad. Everyone felt the spirit super strongly. Then they showed up at church yesterday and took the sacrament and it was so awesome! That was the coolest part about my week!