Here in Mexico nobody does anything at all for the 4th of July haha. Our ward missionary leader José Luis Coca studied in Canada and he knows a little English, so he signed up to feed us on the 4th. We had some steak n stuff and then finished with some apple pie! That's really all that happened special that day. Sounds like everybody is enjoying their summer vacation! Thanks guys for sending some pictures, I loved them. It was fun to see everybody haha. That Eden place you rented seemed really nice. I hope everybody had a good time. It looks like everybody is growing up really fast!! Some of the cousins seem bigger. Also, it's just nuts to think how old Jami and Kaylee are getting. Thanks ladies for sending me an email. I'm going to try and send you a personal email next week, but for this week I just added you in on the list.
Well this week went a whole lot better for us. We were able to see a lot of people this week. We managed to get 5 new investigators as well! I hope that they can progress. This Sunday while talking to the daughter of the Beltran family, we put a baptismal date with her for the 20th of July. We are really excited for her. Her and her mom Silvia have gone to church around 13 times already! They are more active than some members, but because of the family situation they have been waiting. I hope everything works out. We've been working hard with the Bishop and the Ward Mission Leader to try and get more ward missionaries to come with us in lessons. I'm trying to leave this area the best it can be. We've talked about baptism with our investigator Erika, but also because of family situation she isn't progressing very much. On Thursday we had a leadership training meeting with President and all the leaders in the mission. We learned some great things. I was reminded of some of the little things that really matter. I've realized that the mission is a constant learning process. There is always something that you can improve on. My district is also doing great. Dad you asked me how the language is doing and if it's second nature or not. Well it depends. Sometimes it comes better than other times, but I feel like I've got it down pretty good. I have about 7 different language books that I study everyday. I'm starting to feel like I know the ins and outs of Spanish grammar better than English hahaha. I really want to learn the language well. Elder Burden is doing alright. He has improved a lot, but I still feel he might be a little behind. He'll get it down sooner or later.
Well we've already got a pretty good week planned out. I feel like it's going to be a busy one, which is great. I feel like I've made a ton of progress as a missionary, but I want to become better and do more. I know that I have to continue dedicating myself in every moment. It isn't easy, but I know it's worth it. It's worth it for these people, and I know along the way I can loose myself in the work. aHe that findeth his life shall blose it: and he that closeth hisdlife for my sake shall find it. Mathew 10:39
I love this scripture! It's so true. May God continue to bless each and every one of you. Be true followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. I love and miss you!!
Con AmorElder Ryan Kitchen