I hope all is going well with all y'all! This past week has been great, we found a new family to teach and I really hope their genuinely interested. I think they are. I found them on a split with Elder Ruiz, we go on a lot of splits in my zone, especially new missionaries to see different teaching styles. And we knocked on the door and one of the daughters answered and we started talking and all was going well but then the Dad showed up and he looked really grumpy so we were kinda worried he wouldn't appreciate our message, turns out we had nothing to worry about! We taught them the first lesson and have another appt. set up this upcoming week. The dads name is Felix and there's 5 in the family, I'm pretty excited. Melany and Manuel are getting baptized this Saturday, really excited for them! But the bad news is that we decided Teodora just isn't ready for baptism, so were moving the whole families baptisms back a while. I'm not sure when, but I hope Teodora starts progressing because her 2 children are ready but its more important to baptize a family than just part of a family.
Also, I went on a split with one of our zone leaders, on Friday and Saturday. I'll leave out his name because I know he would be embarrassed if I said this because hes humble. I learned a lot just from his example. I went to his area and I was amazed when he knew literally everyones name that we passed, pretty impressive for Lima because there's millions of people here. He also talked to everyone and invited everyone to church on Sunday that he talked to. He taught me an important lesson that it's important to invite all to church and baptism because its our purpose as missionaries "invitar a todas las personas a venir a Cristo...".If we never talk to anyone then we never give them the chance to exercise their agency to either accept o reject the message God has given all people in hopes that they will use their agency to accept it. I also learned more about what it means to lead by example, he was kind and interested in everyone we came in contact with, and hes had a lot of success because of that. It reminded me of the scripture that says "If all men would ever be like unto Moroni
Well, lets see what crazy things happened this past week.... oh yesterday some dog tried to attack me, it's always the little dogs that are super crazy. We just walked by it and it jumped and my leg and bit it! It was about the last thing I expected haha. Oh so yeah, the split with my ZL was really good but one of the best parts was I got to take a hot shower! It was easily one of the best things of the week haha, seriously though. I'm used to the cold now though and its not to bad. I also found out that Elder Pauro is quite the Katy Perry fan, so its been nice hearing him sing some songs, its pretty funny hearing Latinos sing American music haha. Speaking of music... I heard Taylor Swifts new song sometime last week, blank space or something like that, good stuff haha.
Oh yeah, it's great hearing the DXC boys finished second at NXR. 72-75 against AF?! That's awesome. They'll get em the first week of December for sure. I hope the girls get that wild card pick, they definitely deserve to go! Oh yeah, speaking of running... I did get to run once this past week! Actually it was a race/bet against Elder Pauro. He wanted my Davis track and field 100 years shirt for some reason and he kept asking for it and he finally said he would race me for it, and I just couldn't turn that down. So after a good game of soccer we raced against this little soccer complex type thing and I'll just say I got to keep my shirt. Victory is sweet. He also saw a picture of me and the team at NXN last year and asked me to ask you, Mom, to send me my NXN jacket, he's really determined to win all of my pday clothes from me haha.
Well, this week was great and I wish you all a great Thanksgiving!
Love, Elder Potter
And... Feliz Cumpleanos Papa!
Here are some pictures for you re enjoyment, were going to central Lima later today so next week I'll have some cool pictures.