Dear Family and Friends,
This week for our Pday we made brownies the ones you sent us! at the house of our pentinist Mayra Tumbajulca. They turned out great but a bit burnt. We also made alfajoles. They are mini sugar cookie sandwiches with strawberry jam inside
The musical number at the multi zone conference went awesome and when I opened up with a solo all the missionaries had a look of surprise on their faces. My companion said it was funny. And this week I get to participate in a special number with our relief society. They want me to learn a whole new song in like 3 days so we´ll see how that goes. But I also am in a special choir thats going to perform this Saturday for the general authorities that are coming to talk to our mission. How exciting!!!! Only 8 people were chosen. I get to play piano at baptisms, and if the pianist isn´t there for sacrament meeting i´m up for it!
This week in the Book of Mormon I am reading the end of Alma and about all the wars between the Lamanites and Nephites. The Nephites always put their trust in God and the result is always blessings. When the 2000 stripling warriors never doubted in the words of their mothers and in God, none of them were killed in battle. This life is all about Faith. Faith is the key to everything. Our works define where exactly our faith is. And who its in too. If our actions show love for the Savior we have faith in Him. But when we disobey or lack to act with faith we are really serving Satan. We can´t recieve the blessings until we have been tried in our faith. My companion is leaving in 2 weeks to return to her home. I am preparing for a difficult and challenging time as I struggle to lead my area. But one thing I know is that with Faith in the Lord, He will always provide a way for us to accomplish the things which He hath commanded.
It is truly amazing what a mission can do for you if you let it.
Dear Family and Friends,
We had a great experience this week with Emily´s baptism!!!! On friday we went to our pentonist´s house early so we could bake a chocolate cake for Emily. The frosting we tried to make did not work out and we spend forever making it! But then as we were on our way to the church building to help the elders fill up the font they called us and told us there was no gas in the building. We usually heat up the water for the baptism because its freezing! We heat up water on a gas stove in the kitchen in a HUGE pot. Haha it works. But later it all worked out and the baptism was awesome., Emily didnt want hardly anyone there, so the elders joked that all the music at the baptism was going to be special musical numbers. Literally there was like 10 people there but it was special. And Last night was awesome too because we helped Emily and her mom Beatriz do their family history and they printed out 7 names to take to the temple!!! And we get to go with them!!! This wednesday we are very excited for. Its very rare to be able to accompany your recent converts to the temple even when the temple is in your mission. I feel so blessed.
We saw the strangest thing in a park across from the church. There was a man practicing karate with an invisible person. He was fighting and talking and even DANCING with his pretend friend. He would act like he had a sword or try to stamp on the person and later was angry with them and was talking with them. He went on for at least a half an hour and sadly…..one of our Elders filmed it….it was the funniest to watch. I will have to ask him for the video.
I was reading the Book of Mormon this morning in Alma 50 I believe, it shows the things that happen to the people who keep the commandments of God as their souls are really rooted in the Gospel, so much that their whole lives revolve around it and are willing to die in order to have freedom to worship God. and the people who only seek power or bloodshed or bad things of other people, their lives lead to destruction and unhappiness. I am so grateful to be on a mission, learning how to endure to the end because just being active in the church isnt enough…the Lord requires more of us. I am so glad that I have the opportunity to realize that and to do what He asked us. It has really changed my life and what goals and plans I have in life. My life is centered on theGospel of Jesus Christ and how I can reach eternal life. I have a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon adn that is really is inspired for our day to help us understand what we must do to return to live with God someday. When I read those chapters in Alma this morning and shared my thoughts with my companion today I felt the spirit so strongly.
I get to use my music talents this week! We are doing a special musical number for the multizone conference and I get to sing I believe in Christ a verse solo! And I am also going to be in a choir when the general authorities come and talk to us! I love it!
Dear Family and Friends,
We have worked so much this week with family history and are planning on taking 2 less actives to the temple on the 20th. and also……We have a baptism this Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Her name is Emily Bravo and is the daughter of a less acitve mother who is reactived as of this week. So much excitement!! She is 13 and is very shy. She was born in Michigan and has lived in the US for a loong time but knows spanish too. So we have been teaching her in English because its more comfortable for her. YaYaYAYAY. I also gave a talk in our ward this week. Saturday morning the ward secretary called and asked one of us to speak and my companion points to me immediately. I already knew. I gave a talk about repentance. The ward has been so nice and welcoming to me that when I looked out at all of them I felt as peace. Really at peace. Thats something I have been praying for alot is to love the people and its happening. Thanks to my prayers and faith, Heavenly Father is helping me.
Also we stopped by to visit a guy who only speaks English but lives here with his wife and son who speak both languages. They are sadly getting divorced. The Elders that share our ward have been teaching them and he recently said he didn´t want them to keep teaching them. So we offered to visit them because we ate dinner with them on the Fourth of July and were really nice people.He didn´t have a testimony of the Book of Mormon and thought our church is controlled by the government. That we signed a contract 501c3 or something like that and we can only preach what the government lets us. We invited him to read and pray (in English of course) and told him why a testimony of the Book of Mormon is soooooo important. He then began to cry and tell us that tomorrow the divorce will be complete but he didn´t know what to do about his situation. . We invited him to pray and ask the Lord. We asked him about his beliefs and said people used to come to him when they needed prayers answered because he had such faith that his prayers always came true. He said he would whisper to his cats that they were creatures of God and that He loves them. Then he told us the faith he had was lost somehow. i told him that the feeling that he gets when he loves his cats and family is the Spirit. I feel the same way about animals and I got to share that with him!!! It was so special and God really delivered us missionaries into his hands. I know we were supposed to stop by and help Chad. I have a strong testimony that everything that happens to us is a part of God’s plan. All of it. Its our choice to decide what action to take rather than to be acted upon. Please pray for me and Hna Rodriguez that we can help Chad and his family.
Dear Family and Friends,
HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Glad you could have your special day. Me and my companion talked about marriage yesterday. Its a comfort to me that I have parents that know they are with their true soul mate and treat each other right. Thank you for you example and for keeping your covenants. Being a missionary makes you think a lot about your future spouse and the responsibilities, and struggles that come with it because we are constantly seeing the blessings that come from a faithful temple marriage and the sadness from breaking those covenants or not having the security of a temple marriage. You really see what makes people truly happy in life and what brings misery. I know that temple marriages are ordained of God and they are there to brings us real happiness and strength. Being a missionary makes you think alot about your future spouse and the responsibilities, and struggles that come with it because we are constantly seeing the blessings that come from a faithful temple marriage and the sadness from breaking those covenants or not having the security of a temple marriage. You really see what makes people truly happy in life and what brings misery. I know that temple marriages are ordained of God and they are there to brings us real happiness and strength.
An experience muy bonita that I had was actually after we visited a less active yesterday night. He told us we were like angels coming to visit him. As we were walking back to our apartment I realized just how happy I felt to be in a mission. How I wasn´t worried about food, or when I could go to sleep. I was absoutely filled with the Spirit and I felt so happy to be in a mission and have the job of bringing the gospel to others. I can´t explain it but it was something I have never quite felt before. I knew I was doing the Lords work and I felt so HAPPY!
I am proud of myself for taking the iniciative with investigators this week. After church my companion was talking to someone else across the room, and all by myself I asked an investigator if she had prayed about her baptism and set up an appointment with a couple other people. The fact that I can now do things like this is truly amazing. My companion was so proud of me she hugged me and later told our District Leader. Seeing myself do things like this on my own because I´m willing to learn, make mistakes, test my faith, and try new things is the greatest part of all.
We ate at a members house Saturday and the dessert was the dessert that I hate above all others, Mazamorra is what its called. It’s this gross jello made from purple corn and I almost gag it up. But…..I ate it all and afterwards I complained so much to my companion because of how much I hated it. You can guess what happened the next day. We ate at our pentinest´s house and again…..Mazamorra they gave us. My companion looked at me and silently started cracking up. Our pentinist saw her so she started laughing too because she thought it was because of something else. So I started laughing too. And……..had round 2 of the horrible dessert. ehhhhhhh Also, we were in an investigators home, ending a lesson. We asked her to pick the closing hymn. She randomly opened the book and pick the Sacrament. Neither me or my companion knew this one. We started singing and it was horrible. Our notes were so random and we both knew that we didn´t know it. We had to keep from laughing because the investigator was there. It was hilarious.
We met with a 21 year old that was an ancient investigator from my companion. One day we saw him in the street and he said hi to us and that he wanted to meet with us. When we came to his house (the poorest part in town) his mom said he wasn´t there. We started to walk away but then he rushed out and welcomed us in. He was desperate. He told us he wanted to change his life and that’s why he came to us. He told us that he was into drugs and his family doesn´t know. We gave him the Word of Wisdom pamphlet and told him that through Jesus Christ and the process of repentance he could be free. As he said the closing prayer, he began to cry as he asked for help to do these things. We are so excited to teach him and help him through the process of repentance and the healing power of Jesus Christ. His name is Jesus and keep him in your prayers. We also had 2 less actives come to church and one has a daughter who we are hoping to bring to baptism this month. The lesson in Relief Society was Family History. After the lesson both of these less active sisters were animated to do the work for their family and go to the temple, and in turn the daughter is excited to be baptized so she can go to the temple too!!!! I´m excited for this week!! My faith has been tested many times and every once in a while we receive answers like this!!!I know the Savior is helping me every step of the way.