Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th

Well, this week was much better, and Mirian came to church! We´ve been teaching her and her (legally married) hubby and they`ve had their list of challenges to come to church and they still have but Mirian came this week and loved it. I found myself thinking in the sacrament meeting. I analyzed everything that was happening, trying to see everything from the eyes of an investigator. Things improvised, the old lady starting to sing a hymn in the middle of her testimony, the bishop announcing that only two people came to clean the capilla, and thinking pailas. But, I realized something, well maybe not realized but reminded myself. The Church is true. Here is the Priesthood, we have the Profet, the Bishop is set apart and called by revelacion, and here is the Holy Ghost. If the person is prepared, they´re going to notice all the good, and they´ll love it. In the end, she loved it and her 4 year old daughter also.

Élder Velázquez, as he´s AP now, came to Zona Pereira for accompany people! It looks like the mission has their sights on Élder Martinez for a couple of commentaries from him and the LZ, and it was great spending a day in trio wirking with my old comp from Armenia. It was a day of laughs. Two stories cuento.

1. In companionship study Élder Martinez and I were practicing teaching to Élder Velázquez. In the middle of the practice, the vecina [neighbor] started blasting a champeta (genre of music popular in the coast that isn´t very virtuous) and we paused the practice. When she turned it down, we continued, thinking the bit had passed. It was funny becasue Élder Velázquez and I have both passed alot of time in the costa. After a couple seconds she blared it again and I started dancing and we started laughing harder. The best part was when she turned it way down that we couldn´t hear it and we had just calmed down started the practice again when she sings the song yelling "¡¡AGÁRRALA!!" and that killed us.

2. Singing the hymn 50 Más cerca Dios, de ti [Nearer My God, To thee]  with the familia Valencia (see foto 4935 for to see the corner of their house) the kid Miguel only remembers the lines "más cerca Dios, de ti quiero estar" which is the first line of the first verse and "y angeles habrá" which is the third line of the third verse. The funny is that he thinks the two lines are right after eachother and gets confused when we end up singing something else. He literally begins every line with "y angeles habrá" and looks around confused because we´`re singing something else. About the 10th time, Élder Velazquez and I couldn´t contain it and laughter filled the rests.

It was a good day.
Always Great,
Élder Hicken

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