Basically, the month of September is absolutely horrible here in Xela. There are really two huge events going on this month: Independece (Which they celebrate all month) and the yearly fair for Xela. Almost everyone is going to visit family out of the area, and those who are here go to the fair all day. It´s historically been a slow month for missionary work, so we are trying to make it better.
So we have two baptismal dates for the 21st, but they aren´t really that sure now. Wendy, one of them, we haven´t talked to in about a week, because she´s been in Retauleu all week for the fair, visiting her family. She wasn´t able to come to church this week, which is a bummer, but we have a cita with her on Tuesday, so we will see how that goes.
And with Brando, we had passed by their house all week, not finding anyone home. Thank goodness, yesterday we went to pass by again, and some kid came up to us and told us that no one lives there anymore. Turns out they straight-up moved. And the problem is we have no contact with them. People have told us they don´t live far, but we NEED to find their place quick so we can get going again with Brando.
Also, something crazy for you guys to hear. We had ANOTHER earthquake happen here on Friday. Earthquakes are really rare here, and I´ve been in two during my mission. Sweet. But is was crazy, a 6.2 on the Richter Scale, with the Epicenter not to far away from us. But it freaked everyone out. The good thing was that we didn´t have any major damage in our area. Although a member´s house got pretty rocked, so we spent about two hours on Saturday helping secure his walls, so they don´t fall down. It was a good scare for a lot of people, but nothing really happened, so that´s good.
Do you know what is sad? When people don´t even give the opportunity to listen to the message of the plenitud of the Gospel. We ran into this one guy one day, and he totally bashed on us, not because of the doctrine, but because of some members actions. He said that he would probably give this Gospel a chance, if it wasn´t for the members. And he just slammed the door in our face. It really made me sad, because he isn´t even giving us the chance, just because of something that happened in the past. It´s rough, but people have their agency. We just have to help them the most we can, and the God do the rest.
We went up to this one lookout place in Xela today, and it was absolutely beautiful up there. I looked over the city, and the thought just came to my mind, that there are about 80 missionaries working in this city alone, working for one cause: To bring ALL of these souls unto Christ. It was really cool to think about, and it just made me so glad to be out here helping out with the work!
I love you guys so much. Thank you all for writing me! It always means a lot to me! Love you! Until Next Time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. Scripture! DyC 62:3