Monday, March 7, 2016

The Importance of Optimism (even among spiders)

Hey everybody!

This week has been pretty great! We´ve worked really hard, and we´re definitely starting to see the fruits of our labors. We have a bunch of really positive investigators, and so many of them are so close to being ready to be baptized. We´re going to be working really hard with all of them this week to try and get them all ready to be baptized soon!

I´m getting a lot more opportunities to use my musical abilities out here in the mission, so that´s fun! I´m teaching piano lessons to a little boy in the ward once a week, and I´m also playing the piano for a choir that will be singing in ward conference in a couple of weeks. They´re singing "Rejoice, the Lord is King" and it´a super cool arrangement that´s way fun to play! They also hired a lady from a music school here in the area to come direct the choir. For those of you who were in choir with me in high school, SHE IS THE GUATEMALAN VERSION OF MRS. CAZIER. She teaches like her, talks like her (except in Spanish), and even looks a little bit like her. Haha so that´s super funny! That´s been a lot of fun!

Fun story for all of you. This Wednesday, we did splits with my district leader and he came to work with me here in our area. He´s from Hawaii, so that´s cool. But anyway, when we got home for the night, he walked in the bathroom and shut the door. About two seconds later, I heard him scream, "OH MY GOSH!!!" and he ran out of the bathroom. I walked in the bathroom to see what the deal was, and there on the wall was a spider THE SIZE OF MY FACE. It was huge, super fast, and it could jump like twenty feet at a time. It was the scariest thing of my life. After about twenty minutes of screaming, running around the house, and throwing things, we got him safely trapped in a pitcher with a giant heavy binder covering the opening. We didn´t know what to do with it, so we decided to just leave it there for the night. I went to check on it in the morning, and IT WAS GONE! That freaking monster lifted up the giant binder and crawled right out of there! We haven´t found it since, but it´s probably around somewhere. Let´s just say sleeping has been a bit of a struggle since then.

One thing I´ve learned this week is the importance of optimism. During a day as a missionary, there are a lot of things that happen that could easily ruin your entire day if you let them. But I´ve learned that if I have a good attitude and I don´t let those things bother me, they don´t! So every time something bad happened, such as getting rejected, having a bad lesson, or something like that, I just decided to smile a little bigger and push on to the next house. And that really made everything so much better! We can´t always control our circumstances, but we can always control how we react to the things that happen in our life. Whenever something bad happens, no matter how bad it may be, we always have the option to be happy or to be upset. So just choose to be happy, and you´ll be happy! 

Well, that´s all for this week! Everything is going great here, and we´ve got a lot of people we´re teaching. There should be news of a couple of baptisms here pretty soon!

Love you all! Have a wonderful week!

-Elder Thomas

Here are a few pics for you!

Elder Diaz and Elder Quinteros! Two of my best buds here in the zone. Elder Quinteros just got a call today at 11:00 AM telling him he has emergency changes and has to be in the mission office packed by 4:00 PM. Crazy! So we snapped a couple of quick pics before he left.

We walked up to this house, yelled "¡Buenos días!", and this is what ran out to greet us. Dogs just doing their job, keeping the Mormons away. :)

Spider safely trapped in a pitcher. Sorry dude, looks like the humans won this time. ;)

The spider on the other side of the room...and in case you´re wondering, it didn´t crawl to this side of the room. IT FREAKING JUMPED TWENTY FEET ACROSS THE FREAKING ROOM!!!


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