We had a pretty interesting week! It was the General Conference over the weekend and was in the stake center which is about 30 mins from our area. The hard thing in our area is to get people to walk down the mountain to church and then they dont want to walk back up or pay a combi to take them back up. So going to the stake center was even harder to get our investigators to go. We were able to get three of them to come. Lucina which is a lady we met our first day in our area. She had disappeared for a while and we could never get in contact with her but we were able to again and she is going to be getting baptized on the 16th of April. When we passed by her house to take her to the conference she was all dressed and ready but had got a call and had to stay home and tend her mom that was dying. We talked to her for a little bit and said she was going to make a few calls. She came back and told us that someone else was going to come and take care of her so she could come to the conference with us. She is amazing! We also have Marlen and her two kids Iris and Jesus. Iris is 8 and Jesus is 6 so we are working with her and her daughter. We had to come back to our area after the first session on sunday and pass by for her and her kids. We then went back and I sat with them while my companion was watching the session in english in another room. I had to babysit all three of them because the kids would not pay attention or be quiet. It was a pretty stressful session. I will have to go listen to it again in english because that was probably the best session and I missed it all.
Today we went to the Temple. That is why I am writing on Tuesday and not on Monday. We left the house and 6 and got to the temple at 9. We didnt get home until 4! It was a really long day. It was an amazing experience but on the way home we got lost. We were with our zone leaders and they told us we could get out of the metro or train and one stop and there would be a combi to take us to our area. But when we got out it was the wrong one and we didnt want to pay to get back into the metro. We had to walk to where the next station was and it was so hot outside! We were walking along the side of a busy road and a police van pulled up and asked us who was our leader and we were like ¨He is´´ and we all pointed to our leader. He then gave him 200$ and then drove off! It was perfect timing cause we were all dying of thirst and we went straight to a gas station to buy some drinks! It was a pretty fun experiene!
We also have sister missionaries in our area now! This is the first time that I have had the opportunity to work with sister missionaries in my mission. It is not all that different but they work really hard! We just had the Semana Santa and we were not able to leave our house. But in our area right where we have all our investigators they are going to have a carnival come that is for the Santa Muerta religion. They are the people that believe in the devil or the grim reaper or whatever. It is apparently really dangerous for us and we have to let our President know so he can tell us if we have to stay in the house or what we need to do.
It was a pretty great week overall. I hope everyone else had a great week!
Love Elder Ivie