Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalms 46:10-11

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good Week!

SO!  We had a good week, things are looking up in Cunén
First news, we are no longer teaching Andrés but we are teaching the family Rodriguez!  We stopped by to visit with him and asked if the family could be with us and they all came!  Even the wife who doesn't like us!  We wanted to do something not controversial so we read The Family: A Proclamation to the World with them and they were really interested in Temples so we said that they could go to the open house when it happened to see it!  We didn't get to read the whole proclamation with them but we left if with them and they said they'd read it together!  We had another appointment with them on Saturday but they called to cancel it.  You may think this is a bad sign but remember I said they CALLED to cancel it!  So that means that they remembered about it and realized they couldn't do it and actually cared enough to call us! yay.

So this week we were out of our area a lot, we had a conference in Xela on Tuesday and PDay was Monday so we didn't get to our area until Wednesday afternoon because we had zone meeting on Wednesday morning
But on Saturday we had a good day!  A girl that works for one of our branch members and lives with them as well finally let us teach her.  She goes to family home evening with them and does all that stuff.  She studies on Sundays but she finished yesterday.  We have a cita with her tomorrow though so we're going to get a firm commitment to come to church.  A bunch of stuff in the afternoon fell so we had some extra time and we were really really tired from service we did so we decided to go get our shoes shined.  You'll never guess who showed up.... ALVARO!  He just strolled up and started talking to us, obviously we talked to him about church and tried to commit him to come the next day.  His response "I'll go to yours if you come to mine" seemed only fair.  So we got the permission and we went to an evangelical church yesterday. But  first, he came to sacrament meeting.  I think he had a good experience, sacrament went really long and so we told him he could leave when it was over but he decided to stay for sunday school haha.  He even bore his "testimony" (and he didn't mention false prophets (which he several times has accused us of being) and didn't speak too much apostasy!) and he joined in the Sunday School lesson, he said his favorite part was the hymns. 
Then we went to his church.That was one of the strangest/scariest experiences of my life. Pure, straight, apostasy.  Not good stuff. Lots of nasty prayers, weird singing, asking for money, just not a good feeling all around. If you want to know what it feels like to feel the opposite of the spirit, go to an evangelical church. It was a good experience (well, not a good experience but something I can now say that I've done) but I wouldn't jump to do it again.                                                                                
We also had a dinner appointment!  With our branch president!  We thought he didn't really like us haha.  But they invited us over for dinner. We don't really know if it was just because we invited them but either way it was cool, you just DON'T get dinner appointments in CunénHaha. The work in our area is hard, as we would say la obra cuesta mucho, but I love Cunén, Nicole was absolutely right.  I didn't really like it when I first got there, but I love the people, I love the beautiful area, it's all great (except the work) but yeah.  We're supporting the branch, serving the members, trying to work with less actives, as well  as teaching some people.  We may not do as much as other areas but we try and we love it, I'm definitely going to be sad to leave.
Have a great week family! Love you!
-Elder Westenskow

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