Mom was kinda complainy last letter about my letters not being very good. [A Note from Mom: I just mentioned I wanted more information, not that the letters were bad. I pull parts from all the letters she sends and make them into one blog post.] So, I am writing this first....
First of all, I don't have a new companion. We found out Monday afternoon that it wasn't going to happen. We had started rearranging our furniture to accommodate a third bed in the same room. As missionaries, you have to sleep in the same room as your companion and you can't sleep in the same bed. The mission rules are very clear about that. Any way, we are kind of bummed about not getting another companion. We had been getting super excited and telling all of the wards. So, now everyone is all confused whether or not a new companion is coming.
Mario is from Mexico and his wife is a member. They are in their 50s and have two daughters in their 20s. He wants to meet my Dad, since he went on a mission to Mexico. He is a philosopher, entertainer, and people pleaser. He calls Sister R, Rosita, and me Blanca Nieve (Snow White in Espanol). It is pretty fun. We are having a hard time teaching him because, as a Catholic, he believes in Saints. He will try to pray for anything we ask because we asked him to do it, not because he wants to. He has been having lessons with missionaries for at least 10 years. We set a baptismal date but until he feels that desire to know he is not really going to progress.
Maggie requested missionaries and she is the most prepared person ever. Her biggest hang-up about why she doesn't like our church was because she thought we worshipped the Book of Mormon. (We don't by the way.) When we taught her about the Word of Wisdom, which includes our health laws, we were a little skeptical. She had been agreeing with everything up to that point and we knew she at least was a smoker. She said that she knew these things weren’t good for a person and she didn't understand why other people didn't. She said there was a verse in the bible that said a person couldn't feel the spirit if they were drunk. It is awesome that she recognized that! She is going to be baptized around Dec. 20th. YAY!!
Rodrigo came to church yesterday and after fast and testimony meeting, he asked where he could sign up to be a member. We are teaching him the first lesson on Thursday. We hadn't met him until after Sacrament meeting. Miracles happen!
Abby's Legendary Pizza. We have an hour for lunch every day, which usually gets taken up by missionary work like calling people. One day last week, we were in between two lessons so we decided to go out for lunch. We decided on Costco since it was on the way, but when we walked in the exit the lady asked where we were going and we said to use the bathroom (which was true), she said that was okay. We felt bad about buying food (without having a membership there), so we went to Abby's for pizza. Abby’s are all over here, and semi-decent. It is kind of like a thin-crust version of Pizza Hut. So, on our "restful" lunch at Abby’s, we saw the kids that were recently baptized, the Relief Society President from the NC- ward, the Young Men’s President from the NC- ward, a less-active member from R- ward, and three people who have been going to church for over a year and aren't baptized yet. It was the most productive lunch ever! Most of them were at a birthday party for the 17 year old who hasn't been baptized yet. We helped out with his Eagle Scout Court of Honor our first week here. We were invited over to the party, it was fun.
I know this church is true. We have seen sooo many miracles. I hope you feel like a part of my life now, since I have written more about my people. Obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles. We haven't been exactly obedient, it is a work in progress, but we have been trying our best and Heavenly Father helps out. It is unbelievable. Praying 20 times a day also helps out! I love all of you sooo much!!!! Love, Sister Cluff.