Mario is getting baptized this week! He is so prepared, he has literally accepted everything without hesitation and loves it all! We don't even teach him, he teaches himself. I have never met anyone more prepared, we are so excited for him!
Things are going really great with our few other investigators as well. We had dinner with our investigator last night with another young couple from our Ward. It was so fun! We all helped cook and it was an interesting experience... We pealed the hard boiled eggs and realized that they were not all the way done, so we put them in the microwave for a minute. Haha, then they started to explode!! It got all over the microwave, but that wasn't the worst part. Once we took the eggs out and started cutting them up, a few eggs still had a lot of pressure in them and as soon as we touched them with a knife, they exploded!! It was so scary, we had exploding eggs all over the kitchen, even on the ceiling! A memorable dinner to say the least. This week was a week of food! We ate so much!! There were two days in a row that we had dinner back to back! Literally we were late to our second dinners because we were eating dinner! At least all the food was good this week, and no fish!!
This week we will be doing a lot of finding, now that our Bishop has had the impression that we need to find new investigators in the "no mans land" of our area. I am excited to find new investigators. Tracting is not my favorite thing to do, but we always have to find the people that are not interested in order to find the truly elect. And the members are very supportive, they are even willing to come out with us to tract!
One thing that has been in my mind this week is a quote from President Uchtdorf, "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith". There will always be things that we don't know or have questions about in the gospel, but that doesn't mean we should discount what we DO know and have no doubt about. There is a recent convert we have been working with who has been struggling with her testimony of the Book of Mormon ever since she was baptized. She was very confused, but we have been able to see the progress she has made as she has remembered all the beautiful experiences she has had with the Book of Mormon. Last night she told us that she can no longer deny the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon or the gospel ever again. I know the gospel is true and I have seen the difference it has made in my life and the lives of others. It doesn't matter what doubts may come, because I know it is true.
Ashley continues to thrive! I love how she teaches me through her learning and experiences. I can't believe how fast the time is flying! Ashley will be home in only 5 short months. Most moms can't wait for their sons or daughters to come home, and although I will be so happy to see Ashley and have her home, I will miss all the fantastic mission experiences--both hers and mine! Ashley will treasure this experience her entire life and into the next! What a blessing missions are to everyone!
Ashley only sent two photos this week, but the yummy one (see photos) is a "Super yummy Colombian desert! Kind of like shaved ice, but with fruit, condensed milk and lots of yummy flavors," said Ashley!