This day last month I was a brand new missionary out in the field! It's crazy to think of how fast the time has blown by. The six weeks in the MTC felt like a year to me, but this month felt very true to it's time haha. This week (with the exception of going to Hermosillo on Monday) was overall pretty average. We met a few new investigators and have another family that we're going to challenge to baptism next visit, so the work has been coming along really well! Our next step is trying to get our interested investigators to actually show up at church haha. We have about four families right now that we feel are ready and willing to be baptized (one with a date), but we're having a hard time getting them to either get work off or just make time to come to church on Sundays. In our mission, the investigators have to have five consecutive weeks of church attendance in order to be baptized so that's really going to be our challenge I think. If you guys could include my investigators in your prayers that would be great :)
This week Elder Hernandez and I had to take a four-hour bus ride down to Hermosillo (which is why I wasn't able to write you guys that day) for a meeting with all of the newest Elders in my generation and the Mission President. There's 11, I think, that came into the field the same day as me and it was so nice to be able to talk to them and hear their experiences so far on the mish. We talked about getting sick, adapting to the mission, and heard stories about other disobedient Elders and their comps. Apparently this mission has a huge problem with disobedience (a lot of the people here call it a 'dying' mission because many of the Elders disobey and don't work), so they've had to do a ton of administrative changes within the past year because of it. Also, I didn't want to tell you guys this, but I was sick in the stomach for about the first two weeks here out in the field. Just the usual stomachache and other stuff haha. I'm completely over it now but I thought it'd be better for you guys to just not worry about it unless it became a big problem for me (sorry, not sorry). I told them about that too and they said that they experienced the same things so apparently it's nothing new. We stayed the night there on Monday and came back last night around 8:00.
Other than that, the work has been just about the same. On Thursday night, we had a movie night at the church where we all watched Frozen (off point but it's a really good movie, even in Spanish ha) and on the way home we packed 11 of us into the Ward Mission Leader's small, 5-passenger SUV haha. We were soooo cramped in there. I'll try and throw the picture of that too.
Well that was my week! I hope everything is going great for you guys. If you have any questions about the culture or food or people or whatever things you want to know about, feel free to ask me! I love you all and think of you often.
Love, Elder Thayne