So I am pretty much sure that the funniest thing I heard from 4 investigators was: ¨I can´t believe that winter starts next
week¨ (Referring to the 21st.) My next thought was: ¨have you looked outside in the last two weeks?¨Haha seriously. Winter has come, and it is here to stay. It dropped down to 3 degrees F the other night, and although we were in the pension at the time, it was noticeably cold when we got up in the morning. It was so cold this week that all of the giant lakes in the roads are frozen solid. Top to bottom. Yes Jake, it does tempt me a lot to play hockey, but we lack skates.
It is awesome having a companion who is also from Utah. Most people ask where we are from and tell us that we should be used to this. You bet we are! I am pretty sure that my scarf, gloves, beanie, and coat are becoming parts of my body. From 10 in the morning until 9 at night they are attached to me day in and day out. I am Elder Davis, I was born and raised in Utah, and you can bet this cold is no match for me or my companion. 😛
The hard part though is with our investigators and a fair amount of church members. The economic problems are starting to hit Las Heras hard, particularly with unemployment. A lot of the small day long jobs (changas) have long since dried up, and there does not seem to be much money circulating around. This is easily one of the most frustrating things of being a missionary. Obviously we know that the Gospel has the ability to bless the lives of our investigators more than anything else. But the temporal problems blind them from seeing how they can be blessed immediately, i.e. receive a job. But it has brought the amazing opportunity to testify of the love our Heavenly Father has for us and His desire to bless us with what we need, if not what we want. Living the Gospel will always be a sacrifice. But we as a church preach that no blessing is earned without the necessary sacrifice. But as soon as we do earn it, God will give us what we need as soon as He can. We are never alone in our trials. And as long as we have the faith to find the lessons we must learn in our trials, be them temporal or spiritual, we will always have the strength to do what we must.
The last two Sundays have definitely been the coldest, but the last two chapel blocks have easily been some of the best I have had here. I love this branch and this city so much. We are small here, but there is a quality of faith to be found that is enough to keep the branch moving, even if what we lack here at times is quantity. I will always be so grateful to my Heavenly Father for sending me here to this amazing city to teach and serve yes, but also to learn from the people here. And I will never forget the powerful lessons that the branch leaders have taught by their example.
Our investigators are doing pretty well, even under their fair share of challenges. Luis has come to church every week for the last month. We are trying to help him find work so that he can tie the knot and get baptized, but it is just around the corner. We have also helped a fair share of less actives to get to the chapel in the next couple weeks. I sometimes get impatient, but when I step back I realize that God is indeed working on the hearts of the people here. It is my duty to work with Him, not tell Him what I think is best.
Since when was it the last week of the transfer? Not cool. I am excited for what the next transfer brings, but I would be lying if I said I wanted to leave my area, or change companions. But I am quite convinced that exactly what needs to happen will happen, so I shall just take it as it comes. J Faith really can be quite the amazing thing when you put it to the test. Just saying!
Well it was a great week, and I cannot wait to put my coat back on and get out there and go back to work. The mission gets better every day, and I can only hope that I can have this thirst for life and the gospel in the rest of my life. I love this work, this church, and The Master who leads us. I can only hope that all of your lives are being equally blessed. Have an amazing week!