This week was great. We had rainy days and today is feels like the middle of summer. The weather here never lets you get bored.
We had a great experience with an investigator. His name is A. He didn`t want to come to church because he felt like it was a big step. He just wanted to keep learning. So we took him to the church building on Saturday so that he could see it and feel a little more comfortable before going. We also took a returned missionary to the appointment. The best part was when we walked into the Sacrament Room. There a peace so calming there. I wanted to stay forever! Later, he told us that he still wasn`t sure about going. So I reminded him of that peace that we had felt. I told him it was like a little bread crumb of what we really can feel and what we are all looking for. The feast at the end of the trail of crumbs. We just need to keep following those bread crumbs. He came to church!!!!
We also have another investigator that went who will be baptised this week! E. He is so prepared but has a lot of opposition from his family. However, we have been seeing miracles from that because their hearts are being softened. We tried singing to his wife the other day for Valentines Day. She said no but we got to talk to her for a bit. We are also having Stake Conference this week so we might be having a stake baptism. We`ll see how that goes.
Just wanted to share something that I learned with you all, as always. I love reading the scriptures!
I read when Christ came to the Americas and how he set up the sacrament. But something that I learned about it is that the sacrament is a commandment!
12 And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these
things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock.
Taking the sacrament every week is not just a habit or a good idea. It is something that the Lord has asked us to do to show Him that we are willing to remember Him always. And He gives us one of the greatest blessings that we can ask for in this earthly life. He promises to send us the Spirit which will lead you to all the secrets of returning to Heavenly Father and eternal happiness. Who doesn`t want that!?
One more point of news. We heart-attacked President Swapp`s door in the offices for Valentine`s Day. It was fun 🙂
Happy Valentines Day!!! (Sorry it`s a little late)
Con muchìsimo amor y un abrazo de oso
This week was awesome! We have been seeing a lot of success in our area. I haven`t been very good at telling you all about the people we are working with but here`s what`s been going on. We have 3 investigators
First, M. She is really great but has been going through a lot of struggles. It has been a new kind of experience to work on helping her trust in the Lord to help her through her problems. Something I`ve learned from it: you can`t keep feeling sorry for yourself. You have to work hard to get yourself out and that is when the blessings and miracles will come.
Second, E. He is amazing. He has gone to church 2 by himself! We contacted him in the street a while ago. He understands everything very well. His son, who is 14, also told us that he wants to be baptized! They, however, are receiving a lot of opposition from their family. I know the Lord will help us overcome this struggle.
Third, Y. She is a young mom with 2 kids. She told us that just last year she became really interested in finding out more about God. We`re the right ones for that! It has been amazing to see her progress. She came to church with us for the first time yesterday and was participating in the classes! She is amazing and I can`t wait to help her change even more her family to become what God wants them to be.
Well, I love being here. I was looking around at the ward yesterday and thinking about how much I love each and every one of them. I know that they are so important to our Heavenly Father. I hope you can all get to know the people in your wards. They are pretty amazing and each is so different and incredible.
I love you all and I hope you can have a wonderful week!
Con muchìsimo amor y un abrazo de oso
This is a new fruit I tried. It was really good so I bought one 🙂 It´s called Guanabana. It´s spiny.
This week could be explained by a phrase from A Tale of Two Cities: Ït was the best of times, it was the worst of times¨. This week was pretty crazy. I saw some opposition that I never expected. But I wouldn´t change it for anything because we saw some amazing miracles! You can usually tell when blessings are come because Satan gives himself away.
We found a bunch of new people that want to listen to the gospel. I have an amazing new companion that is very ready to work. I love being a missionary.
Sometimes as a missionary, or in life in general, we get a little down. I have felt it many times. Those are the moments when sometimes you just have to keep plowing through and the blessings will show. There is a scripture that I love in the Book of Mormon that says,
¨27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine
afflictions, and I will give unto you success.
The Lord knows how to help us. In school, in work, in callings, etc… Go amongst thy [challenges] and bear with patience thine afflictions,and [the Lord] will give unto you success.
Look for the tender mercies of the Lord. The small miracles in every day that are there. We are in the best times! Enjoy this week like I know I will. I hope to hear about some miracles that you have all seen this week. Tell me about them and thank God that you can see them.
Con muchísimo amor y un abrazo de oso
I´m glad everyone is doing well!
This week went by really fast. And we finished another transfer so I will be letting you next week what my changes are.
We actually had a really eventful week.
Last zone meeting! Our zone has the most sisters 🙂
As sister training leaders we had a meeting with Hna Swapp and a friend of hers that came to visit. I learned a ton! I also got to translate for my companion so that was pretty cool. The biggest thing that I learned was that the scriptures have all the answers. In whatever problem or circumstance that we may find ourselves we can find someone in the scriptures that has gone through it before and how they trusted in the Lord to help them get through it. Sister McDurmid is a psychologist by profession but she said that the scriptures are the best textbook. Alma 31:5
My companion bought me cotton candy for my 15 month mark! I´m glad that I have been able to dedicate this time to the Lord
R was my investigator before we divided the area. I am so glad he could get baptized! He´s had a hard life.
We got to see a baby 4 days old! We were teaching them. She is a member from when she was little but hasn´t gone in a long time.The babies name is C.
I love you all so much. This week I just want to share my testimony with you all. I know this gospel is a blessing even bigger than we can imagine in our lives. I know that God loves each and every one of us. He is always watching over us and listening to our needs. I know that the principle of fasting helps us grow closer to Him. Life is hard, but it is worth the journey. The scriptures are manuals for life that can help us in our lives. We need to be familiar with them. I love the scriptures! As Nefi says, ¨my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord.¨ Keep going. Whatever fight we have to fight; Whatever temptation we may face; Whatever heartache we suffer, the Lord is there and will help us gain all the Father hath.
I love you all so much and I hope that this week can be one of new adventures and happy moments.
Con muchísimo amor y un abrazo de oso
Don`t ask me what exactly is celebrated this day because I don`t know. All I know is that you eat Rosca de Reyes. (Three Kings bread.)
They hide little plastic dolls in it and the person that gets the doll has to make tamales on the 2nd of Feb I believe. Its taste pretty good too!
We got to go with a couple of girls this week and, I was able to see Hna G again! That was super fun.
This week I found out as well that one of the people that Hna B and I were teaching before will get baptized this Sunday! His name is R. C. The other sisters have been teaching him because we divided the area but I am super excited.
Another fun thing that we did this week:
We made tortillas! It`s a nice arm workout.
I made that one.
They turned out really thick but they tasted good. Now I know how to do it and all the little secrets 🙂 It was a lot of fun.
Last thing for this week. It was interesting this week as we started the challenge that we have from President Swapp to read the Book of Mormon, we also had some opposition around that point. We are strengthening that part of our testimony and, as always, the enemy sticks his head in. But I loved a scripture that I read
1 And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day
that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the
taking away of their stumbling blocks—
1 Nephi 14:1
What I understood from that scripture (reading it again) isn`t really what it say but I liked what I felt. If we can give heed to the word of God, He will take away all of our stumbling blocks. We need not worry about other people. What we need to worry about is our relationship with God, knowing that He will always hear us.
Reading this scripture and many others this week has strengthened my testimony that this book is true. I am so grateful that we have it and that, as we read it, we can hear exactly what the Lord wants us to understand. I know He is watching over us.
I love you all. I hope you can make this week a great one.
Con muchìsimo amor y un abrazo de oso!
info from Mexico in my Kitchen-
While children on México’s Northern states received their presents in Christmas day, those living in Central México and the Southern states are still waiting for January 6th. Why? Because it is the day when the 3 wise men from the Orient will arrive and bring their presents to baby Jesus, or at least that’s how the story goes. That day they will also celebrate eating the popular “Three Kings Bread” called Rosca de Reyes in México, and Mexican hot chocolate. People do not usually bake their Rosca bread. This is a busy time for the Mexican bakeries that will be selling these delicious Roscas not just to eat at home, but also in the office or school. Inside the bread, or rosca, is a plastic little doll (about one inch long) representing baby Jesus. Whoever gets the doll in their slice has to cook tamales on February 2nd. Also called Candelaria Day.