Here’s an update from Bronson. He’s still in Saltillo, and doesn’t expect to be transferred until May. I included a photo of a sunrise in Saltillo that was posted on the mission Facebook page by a member of the Church there.
This week went by fast! We have new people to teach, but they are all still in the first lesson stage (lesson 0).Â I think the work here is good, it hasn’t gone down very much, but we are not overwhelmed. Our Juntas con el DOM (meetings with ward mission leader) are going pretty well. Sometimes, instead of asking what heÂ can do for us, he tells us what to do, or what we are doing wrong. He is, however,Â helping us with the ward mission plan, which coincides with the area plan for Mexico, and includes things like paying tithing and doing family history. By the way, family history is a very new thing for them. I told grandma that they were a little into family history, but it turns out they are not. It is a new thing for everyone down here. It has been a great tool to help less active members and converts.
As far as people hearing our message, there hasn’t been that much harsh rejection, just zeroÂ commitment and honesty. I think it’s their passive-aggressive way of rejecting people; they say “yes” to our commitments just so we will leave. Really the most aggressive rejections we get are the people that tell us that they are Catholic and not interested and to go away. Some people on the street pretend that we don’t exist and keep walking. That has happened 1 or 2 times.
There is a lot of work to do here though. We need more investigators that will keep commitments. We have had several people recently who don’t really do anything that we commit them to do because they are very devout Catholics. They go to church every Sunday, and are not wanting to change. It has been that way in their families for generations. We have one family who is like this, but we keep visiting them. We are taking it slow with them. Last time we visited them, we talked about the atonement of Jesus Christ. The spirit was so strong there, and I know that they felt it too. I’m hoping and praying that they will have a change in their hearts to at least try visiting church. I feel like if they do this, they will be so strong.
The language is coming along. I can have conversations with people and follow along in the lessons, but I can’t understand people when they ask me a question directly. I think it will take time for the language to fully come. I just need to continue to study and do things like read the Book of Mormon aloud in Spanish with the English version nearby.
Transfers are on every sixth Tuesday. On transfer (“change”) day, if you get transferred, you wake up and head to your new area. The next change is Tuesday, March 31st. In my interview with the mission president, he told me that I will be here for another change, so I should be here until May. If not, then I will know next Monday (p-day).
Dad asked if I had been sick yet. Surprisingly, I have not been sick since the CCM. My companion, who is native, has been more sick than I have.
By the way, I have been listening to the music from the 2015 mutual theme. This is the best music that I have heard the Church produce. I highly recommend the whole album to everyone. I especially likeÂ Silent, We’re Just People,Â and Fragile.
Have a great week!
Elder Bronson Miner