Well first things first. We survived two weeks in a row on bikes. It was hot and hard, but we are still in one piece. We were pretty exhausted by the end of the week, but luckily we received great news. For whatever reason, they have decided to have us be a bike/truck area again! Yay! So this week we are basking in the air conditioned truck. I feel like we had a little trial of our faith. :-) When we got into the truck this morning at around 10 it was already in the 90's! Ahhh! Soo hot! So we have decided to rename El Paso, El Horno! (The oven) We think it is a much more appropriate name. For example, this week we were walking in an apartment complex on Saturday and we saw some crayons that were left outside in the parking lot. We accidentally stepped on one and it gushed out. We were very entertained by this, probably more than we should have been, but as missionaries we are very easy to please. Yep a little thing like melted crayons makes a 100+ degree weather enjoyable! I don't know if crayons will do that in Washington, but if they will you should give it a try.
In other news, this week we are in "Monsoon" season in Texas... I am not sure what they would do if they decided to move to Washington. It is so funny that if it barely starts to sprinkle they run for cover. People must think we are so odd because Hermana Mitchell and I both love to walk in the "rain" (cough, sprinkle). It only lasts for about 5 minutes and then it's over. I miss a good rainstorm. But the one thing Texas does have are some pretty neat lightning storms. One night it was like we were in this circle of clouds and there was lightning flashes all around us, but none over us. So we were safe, but just got to enjoy the show! Nature's fireworks!
One of my favorite things to happen this week was at dinner on Wednesday night. One of our investigators, Maria, and her cousin Conchita took us to dinner. Conchita has also just began to learn more about the church. They took us to Golden Corral and bike week paid off big time! Hehe we were super hungry and there was lots of yummy food. Hermana Mitchell had never been to one before, so she had a mind-blown moment. Well the funny thing happened when we were all eating our desserts. The waitress came and put a cup of coffee in front of Maria. She had been doing so well and had completely given up coffee. My heart just sank, but we can't force anyone to do anything. Our faces must have reflected our feelings because she looked at us and asked what's wrong. Then she looked at the coffee and said oh no! She said she just ordered it out of habit and then passed the cup to Conchita and said you can have it, but it will be your last! Hermana Mitchell and I must have been grinning ear to ear. They are about the sweetest two people on the planet. Conchita owns the bakery, so she keeps us well stocked in all sweet things. The took us to the bakery for dessert and now they bring us right into the back part of the bakery. I feel like we are family! They take good care of us. We had a lesson later that night and our bikes were at Maria's house probably 6 -7 blocks up the hill. They kept asking us what we wanted to do, but in the end they decided for us. They were dropping us off at our appointment and then we were just going to walk back up and get the bikes, but as they were driving us they kept saying oh no this is much to far.. no no. So in the end they made us promise to come out and wait for them and they would be back to drive us back to get our bikes. We really do teach some of the most wonderful people.
We have had so many great experiences this week. We had an investigator take a whole page of notes on the reading assignment we left. Another investigator came to church for the first time. She said she felt so peaceful and filled with joy. We had someone ask us for a copy of the Book of Mormon. When we gave a lesson on the first vision to a man while his wife was in the kitchen, when she came in to join us he asked us to repeat it, so she could hear it too! We had a less active and her daughter cry when they watched the Prophet of the Restoration video. We visited an investigator right after their family had a fight that left people in tears, and we were able to talk and make the little girls smile. She said we were an answer to her prayer when we showed up. Missionary work is filled with miracles both big and small. It is amazing to see and be a part of this great work and to watch as people change their lives. I have been so richly blessed and I am so grateful to serve my Heavenly Father. I love each and everyone of you! Tenga una super buena semana!