Well the movie The Book Thief it out in Mexico. How do I know? Because I see posters everywhere, mocking me. It's ok though, I've got more important things to do right now 😊
Anyway, this was a good week. This cambio went much faster than my first in México. Probably because my first cambio was actually 7 weeks instead of 6. Also probably because my Spanish is improving and therefore the mental exhaustion is slightly less. Slightly.
Ok, more about Eli
2nd lesson: Ben was home again and in a talkative mood. Sister Mari from the ward was also feeling talkative so it was pretty hard to make much headway. Eli listened quietly while Ben came up with every duda in the book about religion. We read Joseph Smith history together and they found it very interesting. Eli offered to give us a ride to our next appointment (fear not, Hna Mari was with us) and while we were on the way he asked if he could please come in a sit in on the next lesson. An investigator asking for extra lessons? We couldn't say yes fast enough! He listned very well as we taught the family about the importance of reading the scriptures. He read in the Book of Mormon as we talked and there was one verse that we read that he found very intriguing, 2 Nephi 32:4. The whole night he kept telling us that he felt something, something special.
3rd Lesson: As I mentioned in my last letter, not only had he read in the Book of Mormon, but he was able to explain everything to us, where the book was from, what it's about, everything! It was pretty heartening :D Eli is very fun to teach because he understands very well, he takes notes during our lessons and he does study. We were very glad we brought Arturo, a RM in the Actopan ward with us to this lesson because Eli had lots of questions and Arturo helped us out. Arturo was also able to give a blessing to Eli's niece who has been sick for a long time.
He didn't come to church this week because of work, but says he'll come next week.
Saturday was an incredible day. Incredibly busy and incredibly spiritual. The chapel of Tepatepec saw 5 baptisms that night:
Cata: our investigator. Her daughter joined the church 2 years ago and is on a mission. Cata was very nice to the missionaries but didn't want anything. Then she had a change of heart in part because of the faith of her daughter.
Selene: our investigator. 16 years old. Her mom is a member but hasn't been active for the past 16 years or so. She's a sweet girl and it's been a joy to teach her.
Daniel: our investigator. 14 years old, brother of Selene. Also a sweetheart. He has such a pure desire to learn.
Daisy: the 8 year old daughter of our Relief Society President
A young man who was the investigator of our zone leaders. He didn't show up to the baptism at the scheduled time and the poor Elders were very frustrated and upset. But miracles do happen, and he came 😄
It was a beautiful night.
Oh yeah, by the way. We have cambios tomorrow. Next week I'll tell you more about who's leaving and who's staying here in Actopan.