Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marathon

Okay, I'll explain the title in a bit, but lets go to investigators right now.

Sister P: No progress. Didn't come to church again. We're giong to have to talk seriously with the mom about why her daughter can no longer be baptized until late December, and explain that if the mom isn't active, we cannot baptize the daughter, because she will be inactive as well.

Brother J: Never found him this week! We went by a couple times, but the problem is he works almost all day and then goes to bed after getting home, so we basically don't see him anymore. We might leave him.

Brother JL and Sister S: We went a couple times and both times he had another visitor that made it impossible to teach him. So, we've got another appointment. He says he doesn't want to try to read the Book of Mormon because the Bible doesn't say it exists. The cool thing is, if we show it to him, he will accept completely the Book of Mormon, because he accepted Joseph Smith and he accepted the idea that Peter James and John gave him the authority. We just gotta get him to read and we'll be golden with him. That, and we gotta convince him to come to church.....

We have a lot of potential investigators. A lot of names with a lot of people, but we just DON'T FIND 'EM. Grr.....

Alright, stuff that happened this week:

1.) All of our appointments fell through this week, so we just walked and walked and walked and walked. Like seriously, we walked around 30 hours this week. Super hard. That's why I say it was a marathon.

2.) Okay, this story is just nuts. Here we go.

So, yesterday we were trying to visit a family to say good bye to a sister that was leaving. However, she wasn't home and so we left to go visit another family. The street that they live on is Calle 6 (6th street) and so we started walking up to go visit another family.

Around 2 minutes in, we noticed some dogs that were.... trying to... obey the only commandment dogs have. Really horrible image there. ugh.

Anyway, we were about to pass them (something I was really disgusted to do) when all of a sudden, EVERYTHING went dark. The street, houses, everything.

My companion and I looked at each other and we just started sprinting to the principal street called "Las Torres" because the lights there are run by a different grid because of the huge power lines there.

We got to the street and started walking up to the next appointment, when all of a sudden, we see a huge group of people gathered around a certain place.

Here in the mission, we really can't afford to be noticed or anything by bad people, because if we do, we'll be tracked and jacked of our stuff. So, when we saw this big group with police and everything, we took off our nametags to avoid getting recognized (kinda).

Anyway, we had no idea what was giong on. People were running and some were shouting. There were police everywhere and we heard a car horn that was just stuck honking. As we crossed the street and came up around the site, we realized what had happened.

Someone, while driving, had lost control of their car and smashed into the power line, which was made of cement. They smashed into it SO hard that the line broke in two where the car impacted and fell on the roof, crushing the people inside. It was this crash that caused the power outage.

It was a terrible scene. We saw a liquid on the ground, and we were hoping it was gas or water. The car horn had been smashed and was just running the whole time. The car door on the passenger's side was open, and so we imagined that that person had survived. However, the drivers side was so destroyed that not even the door could be opened.

It floored me. It had taken place just moments before. We had been witnesses to the changes that took place. Just moments before, the driver was alive and well. In just a few seconds, he was gone.

I couldn't get myself to function. I stood, rooted in the place where I was, just praying that it wasn't anyone I knew. I can't even describe the horror that fillled my soul. It was just absolutely nuts.

That, by far, is the craziest story on my mission yet.

3.) I managed to sight read an entire hymn nearly perfectly! I was so proud of myself. I'm starting to get better. Slowly but surely it's happening. I'm so great right?

Outside of this stuff... Nothing really new happened. I couldn't take pictures, but this week is giong to be picture week. Bunches of 'em. Get ready folks.

Well, thanks for the support and stuff. I really do appreciate that so many of you are willing to support me week by week. I pray for you all daily.

Be safe, and have a good week.

Elder Carter

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