This week started out with a bit of an argument between Elder Sharp. It wasn't really an argument, but just us calling each other out on stuff that bugs us. It was actually fairly productive. I got across that he needs to pay more attention, and look outward more. And he said that I needed to be more open minded, and stop criticizing as much. It all just comes down to a pride thing. We both just feel right. I think every sin just comes from pride. But we're working on that.
We've been teaching Favio and Milton the lessons to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. This week, we went to get frozen yogurt with Milton while we taught. It's so awesome! He's a stud. As missionaries, when we speak in Spanish, we generally speak in the 'usted' form, which is respectful, but not very close or friendly. Milton said he feels more comfortable if we talk to him in 'tu,' so I'll be learning that a little bit more. It's a little more casual and close. Should be interesting.
On Thursday, we weekly planned in the apartment, which took a few hours, but was pretty productive. Afterwards, our neighbor Joe invited us to eat dinner with him. We gave him our George Forman grill that was sitting outside that we never used. Joe is always smoking and blasting music from his apartment. ALWAYS. And it's often crazy music, but sometimes good stuff. His wife passed away a year ago from terrible health problems. He's been grieving the whole time. His is a pretty rough story; he's had a very painful life. He wasn't interested in the gospel at all, but I feel like spending the time with him was fulfilling our missionary purpose! He cleaned our windows for us on Saturday :) He really is an awesome guy. We love him, and are developing a cool relationship with him.
We tried these former investigators in an apartment complex this week, who weren't there. But their 13 year old (or so) daughter, Maria, was there. She was so sweet! She offered us water, and as we were walking down the street, she came running after us with cookies for us, then ran back home. She's awesome :D Hopefully we can get to know her family a little more!
I love the people in this area so much! It's more than any other area I've served in. I've made actual friends that I hope to stay in contact with afterwards. So yesterday, Favio got upset with us. We asked him to go pick up Alfredo for church, and he said he would. We had to be at the church early, and Luis was there as well, because he's the branch mission leader's assistant. When we were done with the meetings, he left to go pick up Alfredo saying that Favio didn't answer. Favio thinks that we sent Luis and that we don't trust him. He was kind of dodging us for the rest of the day. It's so sad, and we're really bummed out. He's one of my best friends out here, and I'm praying it gets resolved.
Nevertheless, I continue to love everyone here! I love being a missionary. I love getting involved in the work, and seeing great results. This week didn't yield tons of results, but you win some and you lose some. You know in the end that we will win the battle that counts! I love you all, and wish you a wonderful week!
P.S.: the pic was outside of a church building. It says, "you are now entering in the mission field." Cool!