I finally go to do something that I've been wanting to do for awhile! This Sunday at church, they had two people giving talks, and neither of them spoke Spanish, and they invited me to come up and translate for one of the speakers! It was pretty cool, he would say a sentence, and then I would translate it and say it in Spanish. It was really fun. It's basically like a massive puzzle that you have to put together and doesn't end until the translating is over. It really gets your brain going. I LOVE IT! Now I just want to try live translating where you don't get a break to think about what the person is saying, and then translate it, but where they are talking in to the mike, giving their talk, and I am sitting in the back with a mini microphone translating what they're saying as they talk, and having it transmitted to people with headphones that need the translation. It seems like that would be incredibly difficult, but incredibly fun! In any case, this week was pretty fun!
On Monday, we got to drive out to Roosevelt again,
pick up the missionaries, and take them to Provo, where we stayed the
night. The next morning, we all got up, and went to a big 3 stake zone
conference in American Fork. The zone conference was pretty incredible! I
learned a lot about the effect of my mission on the rest of my life, as
well as how to be even better while I'm here. One of the big things
that they talked about was silence. In the American culture, we hate
silence. Someone always needs to be talking. President McCune is an
incredibly successful business man, speaks Japanese, and would often go
to Japan to negotiate with other companies. He mentioned how the
Americans always had things that they didn't want the Japanese to know,
and vice versa. During the meetings, the Americans would talk, and then
when the Japanese would leave silence, they would get nervous, and talk
some more, and more and more, and at the end of the meeting, the
Japanese would know everything, and the Americans would know nothing.
He then mentioned that when they allowed the silence to happen, and
waited (an uncomfortably long amount of time I'm sure) for the Japanese
to respond, they were finally able to get the information that they
wanted and needed. He also mentioned that the leader or head of the
Japanese group almost never talks, he just sits there and observes. He
then applied that to missionary work, and how there is ALWAYS one of us
who is not talking, who should ALWAYS be observing, and trying to
discern the needs of the investigators, and seeking revelation on what
to do next. I really liked that example! We also did a role play where
we had to just wait a little bit longer than usual, take our time, and
not rush things. If we had nothing to say, then we should say nothing
until the words are put into our heart by the Holy Ghost. It was a
really cool role play, and I'm excited to apply the principles even more
in my mission.
After the zone conference we drove the
missionaries back to Roosevelt, took the van back to Provo, and finally
got back to Heber by about 10:00 (I committed to drive the speed limit
for the rest of my mission....so getting places is taking a LOT longer!
It's annoying, but I'm hopeful that God will bless me for my obedience
to the laws of the land....we'll see how long this can last). There was
also a fun escapade of dropping off a mattress for some other
missionaries, and having it fly out of the back of our truck on the way
there, and then having someone try to steal it from us.....good stuff!
Apart from all the red tape and driving that we've been doing, it's been
a really good week though!
We met a lady who got baptized into
the LDS church when she was 8 (none of her family were members of the
church, she just felt that it was right, and de hecho, todavia siente
igual, aunque sus acciones no siempre lo reflejan)..so anyways, she
ended up getting married to a Catholic guy, and he was really not that
religious and was in to some questionable things... She really wanted
to help him out, and knew that he would not accept the LDS church at
that time, so she started trying to help him by taking him to the
Catholic church, even though she didn't really believe in it's doctrine.
They had kids, and although she shared her experience and how she got
baptized in the LDS church, her actions in the Catholic church spoke
louder than her words, and her kids are confused Catholics (aka they're
not really sure what they believe, but they consider themselves
Catholics because they always went to that church with their parents.)
So now, we're found her, and we're starting to teach her and her
husband, and he seems really receptive, and the light and spark is
starting to light within the wife as well. She's starting to remember
how she felt when she got baptized when she was 8, and now she wants her
entire family to come with her to the LDS church. (She's been inactive
in the LDS church for years! ) It's a really cool experience to be in
their house and teach them the gospel. I am so glad to have this
opportunity to be a missionary, and to help bring light to the lives of
many people. It's truly a unique experience!
Love to all!