This week has pretty groovy for the Laguna, Acoma, and To'hajiilee area, I think. I wasn't there for most of it, I was on exchanges twice in the last week, both times I came in to Albuquerque, so I only got to spend like 4/7 days in my own area. Speaking of which, I have been in Laguna for right around 7 months now... and I'll be here for another 6 weeks! This next transfer will be my 6th in Laguna, which is unusual, even for this area!
Exchanges with Elder Robinson, the zone leader here, was a lot of fun! We ended up talking with some people who are from the Bi-hi faith. Long story short they believe that Joseph Smith is a prophet, but that somewhere in the Book of Mormon he prophecies of a man named Ba'ha'u' lah, who is "in fact, the Risen Christ" and that He came about 200 years ago. We asked about the 1000 years of peace that's supposed to come with Christ's 2nd coming, to which we got the response, "God's timing is mysterious." -_- Yeah, we taught her about the Book of Mormon, and how Joseph Smith's own words aren't even in it, but that we have the Doctrine and Covenants that are his words. Elder Robinson told her that he had read all of the Doctrine and Covenants and that he hadn't seen any reference to Ba'ha'u'lah, and this lady said, "Clearly you missed it."
Needless to say, we left without setting a return appointment. XD
Then, on exchanges with Elder Furlong, I was able to test out my Spanish (that I didn't try very hard to learn while I was in El Paso), and it turns out that I can understand the gist of what they're saying, but I can't respond in Spanish. It was cool to have that feeling of having no idea what's going on again!
Don't ever give up, I'll talk to you all next week!
Te whanaunga mo ake tonu!
Elder Eli James Dial