So, I just got finished eating cow stomach--for the second time in my entire misión (I´ve been told I´m very lucky to have only eaten it twice). It wasn´t actually that bad. The first time it was horrible. But this time I kind of liked it...like I wouldn´t ask for it in a restaurant or anything but I wasn´t choking it down either.
Anyway, apart from that, this has been a pretty awesome week. Capped off with the cambios! I´m staying here in Chahuites! And so is Elder Reyes. So, we both get to be here for the baptism of our super awesome family that we´re teaching this Saturday! Woohoo!!! We´re psyched. Things are going very, very well here. We don´t actually have that many investigators right now, but the members are giving us a lot of referrals. And member referrals are like 1000000000000000000x´s better than knocking doors. Seriously. So much easier. And so much more successful. Anyway, the lady we´re going to baptize this week is named Imara. And her kids that are going to get baptized are Owen and Brittney (They were born in the US. Those aren´t normal Mexican names). And they´re super awesome. I thought this whole week that I was going to get changed and that I wasn´t going to get to see their baptism, but it looks like the Lord want´s me to stay here :) Which is fine with me. I love Chahuites! It´s the ugliest, smelliest, most horrible little town in the world that I love completely. :) Anyway, Imara is a teacher, and a lot of people know her here (like the entire town), so we´re expecting a pretty good turnout at her baptism and we´re hoping to find quite a few new investigators because of that. So this is basically how the work of salvation is going down here: The members give us references. Then we teach them. Then they get baptized. Then those new members give us references. Then we teach them. Then they get baptized. It´s like a domino effect. And it´s wonderful. :) One of the sisters that we baptized last month is a perfect example of that. She gave us 2 referrals and went with us to meet them and teach the lesson with us (she also got called 2 weeks ago as the secretary in the RS presidency and she went to the temple to do baptisms for the dead). So, we´re pretty happy around here. And the best part is that we get to stay here :) and keep helping this branch to grow. Since we set the goal for 100 people attending in the first week of August, we went from like 50-60 per week to 72 this past Sunday. We´ll see how things are the first week of August. :) Anyway, sorry this is kind of rushed, but I already have to go.
Just know that this work is incredible. It´s the most important work on this Earth. We have to be involved in it. We can only reach salvation ourselves if we´re doing everything we can to bring other people with us.
Have a great week, everyone! I love you all very much.
Con mucho amor,
Elder Andrew Nickerl