Sunday, March 2, 2014

An 82 year old man who has had a crazy life

February 24, 2014

Well, this week was a good way, and in a very strange way as well....but it was still good.  We had a bunch of lessons, we had 7investiagors in church, we found 6 new people who want to learn more, and we have been having a ton of fun.  The funnest lesson we had though was with an 82 year old man who has had a crazy life and likes to talk and talk and debate and then talk some more.  He is from here, Cataluña, and he was in a concentration camp when he was 12 because he was helping the French resistance cut some wires, and it was really sad because the Nazis decided to do tests on how much pain a 12 year old could take.  Fortunately one of the doctors had mercy and would give him ibuprofen and stuff.   He has written a whole autobiography, which I want, but it is HUGE!!!  So I can't take it around with me.   He is absolutely amazing.  Crazy thing though, he met a member while in the camp, and since then he has always had contact with the church, but he is still not a member because he has a ton of questions, mostly just why God would let that happen in the world.   He did tell us though that we are the only missionaries he will allow to talk to him, and he knows everything so well he has helped the missionaries in lessons on the streets before and stuff like that.   He is super amazing.
Another fun thing is that we have an investigator from Cameroon, and he only speaks French.   He is trying to learn English and Spanish, but nobody really can help him, so lessons with him are lots of hand gestures and laughing at how stupid we all feel that we can't understand each other.  He loves the feeling at the church least I think that's what he was saying...anyway, he is super nice and likes to come play basketball with us.   
On the strange side of life, we have an investigator who has some really interesting ideas about our church and stuff that we have been trying to smooth out, and there is another investigator who has been asking us for money, and went and talked to the Bishop for an hour while his wife was outside talking to us....well, she was more sobbing and telling us her problems because her kids are in Honduras and they are trying to get them here, but they can't because they don't have money to get married and then a bunch of other stuff I don't understand, but ya....that was interesting.
Then there was apparently a problem with the youth of the other ward being accused of being too..."friendly" with one of the missionaries who just got transferred and I'ts affecting the youth in our ward and it's a big mess the missionaries are halfway in.
So, this week has been insane!  And to make it even weirder, I'm almost at my 6 month!
Anyway, I hope you all have a great week, and as always, thank you for your support. 
Love ya!
Elder Dixon

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