Namaste from the INDM!
This week was awesome, so much work got done. We are super pumped with our zone right now. We have awesome missionaries in this mission. In the Delhi East Zone we have nine companionship's in three branches, and we got 45 new investigators this week, probably some of the highest numbers this zone has seen in a long time. It's really hard to get new investigators, because to count them they have to be taught a lesson and accept a return appointment, getting the return appointment is always so tough, but we did awesome this week so I am super happy.
I just love where I am at in Delhi; I know this entire city like the back of my hand. I probably know this place just as good as Pocatello, and I think that's pretty cool. I can get anywhere, at the best price. I understand about everything that is said in Hindi, but speaking is still a little rough. I know the people and the cultures, and I just can't get enough of it. Except for the heat and humidity, there is plenty of that.
On my blog there is the picture of Rakesh, and he is a legend. He has an amazing conversion story and is so strong in the gospel. He grew up in Calcutta and in 7th class he started smoking and drinking. Then later he got into a lot of trouble partying and hanging around the wrong people. He came to Delhi about 4 months ago and was looking for a job and knew that he had to change his life and stop smoking, so he could save money, and live somewhere that would get him a good job. He prayed and asked God to help him stop smoking, the next day he met the missionaries and he has never looked back. He wants to serve a mission and talks about it every day. He gives us referrals, and invites all of his friends to learn. We just started teaching his younger Sister Rabina, and she is great. She wants to be baptized and she loves going to church with her new friends. They lost their father a while back, and they want to live good lives for him because they say he was a good man who believed in God. Their mom is a strong Hindu, but is pushing for her kids to stay active in church because she has seen so much change in Rakesh. Rabina is amazing and I'm so excited for the day Rakesh will baptize her, she moved the date just because he is the only one she wants to baptize her. The gospel is a wonderful thing, and the people I meet everyday just prove to me that it is true. It changes lives and that is the ultimate goal.
I know I will be coming back home in a year as a changed person, with a stronger testimony, a million memories, and pretty bad English. I hope we all will learn to change every single day by repenting and becoming who the Savior wants us to be.