E-Mail on 9/1/14 – And then the police showed up

This week was an interesting one.  It’s interesting because I don’t really remember a WHOLE lot what happened…

We’re not sleeping well here.  A part of it is the heat, another part are the bug bites, another part the stress, another part is that we’re just both breaking down as we getting closer to the inevitable… Exhaustion is a big part of our life right now.  It’s jolly good fun!

Marius is doing really well.  In fact, yesterday, he went with us to visit a Romanian family.  He talked about the church (in Romanian… so we think it was good things… he said “I told them to stay away from you guys” but I don’t think he did…maybe…) and then said the closing prayer.  CUTE!  He’s been great.  He doesn’t like when we make him read with us so much but it’s growing on him I think.  We read in Romanian for him.  We try to anyway.  It’s a really hard language!  He promised us he would pray in English sometime.  So proud of him… he’s my best friend here, seriously!

Juan Carlos is still struggling with the dejar de fumar thing.  We made him a box of scripture cigarettes because we’re girls and we do crafty things like that.  We’ll see if that works.  Poco a poco.

Rita opened her mission call and is going to Chile.  She’s really great!  She’s probably one of the craziest people I know, but she does really well in lessons with people.  She knows her stuff and she’ll be an incredible missionary.  This means we have a missionary leaving in September (Diego, the bishop’s son, Argentina), October (Rita, Chile), and November (Maria Christina, England).  Fun couple months for the ward!  Especially because a handful are coming home too!  WOW!

Luz is struggling.  We’re trying really hard to help out the family but it’s not progressing as well as we would like.  I don’t know what to do.  We’re trying to save a broken family but it’s hard because we’re restricted in what we CAN do and the language barrier thing really gets in the way when it comes to talking about this stuff.  We’re hoping for the best though, pushing through!

This Saturday we went to sports and I gave a tour of the church with Jonathan and Maria Laura (one of the young women) while everyone was playing.  I don’t know how it happened but he ended up accepting to get baptized… kind of a miracle really.  No.  Big miracle, actually.  Afterwards, we were cleaning up and getting ready to go home when a cop car pulled up and the cops got out.  They asked if they could see the church because they’re always driving by and were curious about what goes on.  We showed them around, they liked it a lot and we ended up in the sacrament room.  We invited them to church (like we do) and then I asked if we could end with a prayer.  Everyone thinks I’m weird when I do that, but I really just love saying prayers whenever with whoever.  So I said a prayer with two cops and a bunch of young folks in sports clothes in the sacrament room and then we left.  Nothing huge, but really incredible that we were able to show off the church a little.

It was a good week with lots of little miracles!  We have very wonderful members here in Castellon who help us out a ton.  Melanie and Rita saved us this week and did splits on Saturday night.  Marius helped out too!  I don’t know what we’d do without the JAS, they’re fantastic!  It’s a good ward here.

This week we have Zone Conference and Zone Focus so we’re headed to Valencia twice this week.  Woo.  This transfer is going by real fast… we have two weeks left.  I can’t believe it!  Time flies.  It’s September folks.  Woah.  Well…  I love you all, do good work this week!

Hermana Durham

Oh and one more thought:  As a mission and with all the stakes in our mission we are doing a Book of Mormon reading challenge to read it all by the end of the year.  To do so you have to read two chapters everyday.  I invite you to join in on our challenge!  Here is the calendar (it’s in Spanish… sorry… use google translate!  Except you Elder Bascopé).  Have fun!

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