February 23, 2015
It was another great week! =) I hope that it was for you guys as well.
Manuel and Elsa both were at church on Sunday! WOO HOO! Elsa accepted a baptismal date for March 14th! I hope that I will still be here for it! Manuel will hopefully be able to be baptized this Saturday! His interview will be on Thursday! We will see how it goes! This past week we started teaching a little old 90 year old lady named Graciela Rios! She is so cute and has so much energy. She has traveled all around the world. In the lesson we had with her she would all the sudden start talking English with me haha 3 years ago she went to Egypt! I want to go to Egypt now! =)
Anywho! Graciela has such great faith in the Lord. So many sad and hard things have happened in her life but she trust in God. What a great example she is to me. She told us that if she is able to convince herself that the Church is true, she will get baptized haha I trust in the Holy Ghost and I know that the Spirit will testify to her the truthfulness of this great message.
Things are real great here in Hidalgo. I cant believe how fast this transfer went. On sunday night they will be calling us yet again to tell us if we have transfers or not. Its the last time for me. =( I cant believe it.
I love you all so so much and hope that this week is the best one!
February 16, 2015
A lot of people would say that the week we had was a crumby one but I just can’t bring myself to saying it. There are just too many miracles to be a crumby week!! We have been trying to find miracles in each and everyday and what we have come to find is that usually by the night time when we are talking about it, there are just too many to even remember! The Lord sure loves his children.
This week we worked a lot with Manuel to get him excited and feeling good about accepting another baptismal date. We started asking him about all the things we have taught him and if he knows that they are true and he told us yes. So them we asked him what was keeping him from being baptized and he sat there thinking for a bit and then said that nothing was. We planned his interview for Thursday and he showed up! He had his interview and… he needs more time. We will see if in this week or the next he can be baptized.
Its been such a great experience to be able to work with so many different people and adapt to their needs. I know that the timing of the Lord 99.9% of the time is NOT our timing. But I also know that the Lords ways are higher than ours and he knows 100% what he is doing. I feel like I am a knight for the King in the game of chess and it really has been the greatest game I have ever played (i guess this analogy doesn’t work very well because i never liked chess…but lets just pretend i loved it and was really good) But really we just have to do everything that we can to keep the King alive…or in this case, to share the message of the Kings =) I LOVE IT! I love sharing the gospel and talking to strange people in the street, inviting everyone to hear! There is absolutely no way you can go wrong by accepting the gospel. It only improves things. Living the gospel won’t take away the problems of live, but it makes it more enjoyable. It helps us to live more happy!
I love you guys so much! Thanks for being mine!
Have the best week ever.
Its been16 months away from each other!
oh yeah! I forgot to tell you guys really good news! I don’t know if you remember but when I was in Tlalpan we were teaching a lady named Elsa. Well it turns out that she actually lives in the area of Hidalgo. We started teaching her again about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Else Aguirre is her name. She has been progressing so much!!!! these last 2 Sundays she has gone to church with us! WOO HOO =) She has a testimony of the importance of baptism and everything but i think she is scared to accept a baptism date. we gotta pray hard for her! =)
February 9, 2015
So this week I finished reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish for the first time! It is amazing that I understand it better in Spanish than in English. I love that book!
In these last few days I started to read the Bible, starting in Genesis. Today I read the story of Jospeh in Egypt. Joseph was such a great person. I love the part when Joseph finally tells his brothers that he is their brother. He was so humble and didnt even get mad at them for selling him. He said it was part of the Lords plan! God is so wise.
It gives me comfort to know that he has his plan and that no one can change it. Everything happens because it is supposed to!
This week we have been keeping up with Manuel. We keep praying hard that he will be able to make this promise so special with the Lord.
You asked about my companion. Hermana Guerrero. She is awesome! We are having so much fun! She is from San Luis Potosí, here in Mexico. She has 3 younger brothers. One of them is in the mission in Brazil. She is 21 years old and worked as a preschool teacher.
We get along really well. I hope they keep us together until the end of my mission. She is so funny. Everyday we laugh so much. Its an adventure here! =)
Today she shared a secret family recipe of hers. Eggs with banana! It is so good. I will make learn more recipes to share with you all when I get back
Hope you all have a great week! I love you all so much!
Banana’s and eggs. MMMMMMMM
Feb 2, 2015
So this week was very interesting! My companion has been sick, the poor thing. Anywho! SO we had the interview for Manuel this Thursday. We got stood up =( He didn´t show up. We called and called and nothing. But finally the next day we were able to make contact with him. He told us that his daughters had caused him a great problem. They arent very happy with his decision to go to church and be baptized. Saturday we had an appointment with him and talked things out. He told us that he wants to keep learning and everything normal, but he wants more time. So we aren´t quite sure when his baptism will be but we are praying every day for him!
Thats pretty much the big news of the week. haha We gotta keep going. Keep working hard. There are people to be found. =)
I love you all so much! Hope you had a week just as enjoyable as mine =)
January 26, 2015
My new companion is Hermana Guerrero from San Luis Potesi, Mexico! She is really great. I am finishing her training. She has 7 weeks in the mission haha I remember when I was in her shoes. This week we worked real hard. She is worn out from all the hills here in Hidalgo haha
Manuel is progressing so much! He is such a cute old man! His interview is this Thursday and if all goes well, Saturday will be his baptism! Its so cool when the spirit is the teacher in all the lessons. It makes is so much easier. I know that he can feel the spirit of the Lord and thats why he is progressing so well.
Its amazing! Oh! So yesterday I saw the Calvillo family from Tlalpan! It was so great =) This morning they took us to eat breakfast. It was so fun to see them!!! I have some pictures… but I think my card has another virus so I wont be able to send them. I have the worst luck with camaras and cards. Hopefully I can get it all fixed for next week.
But anyways. Its been good here! Hope all is well back home!
Love you to the moon and back!
January 19, 2015
Transfers have come yet again! I am staying here in Hidalgo and Sister Castro is heading out. Tomorrow we will find out where. This week has been a good one. We have an investigator, Manuel and he is progressing really well! His baptism date is for the 31st of this month! The bishops family invited him and a few of the elders investigators over to their house for a family night! I am so excited to hear how it goes!! =)
This week I am not quite sure what to say! I feel like tomorrow is when all the crazy stuff will happen!
The pictures are from the baptism that the elders had this saturday. They are a cute family. The little girls love hermana castro and I haha
I hope that in this week we dont get lost. I dont know our area very well, but its alright! Itll be an adventure! =)
I am really excited for Shayla to head out! As they told us in the MTC, the mission is training for the rest of our lives!
I love being here. Its worth it.
=) I love you all forever!
January 12, 2015
Lizbeth got baptized Saturday!!! YAHOO!!! =) It was so perfect!! She is so happy. The best part..besides the actual baptism, was afterwards when she bore her testimony. It was short and sweet. She was so nervous to talk in front of everyone. But she did great! She said that it was the best decision she had made and that she felt 100% clean! SHe is so great!
Anywho. That was the hightlight of the entire week! We are working hard and enjoying every minute. Today is week 6. Transfers are coming up this sunday. I feel like I just got here in Hidalgo.
SO real quick I wanted to share a little of what I was studying in the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi. After Samuel had profesied of the birth of Christ many people didnt believe him, but there were still a bunch that did. They were filled with the hope of a Savior who would come to the earth. The signs never came though..they waited and waited and nothing and started to loose their faith. Nephi saw that they were losing their faith and so he prayed to the Lord to know what to do, because he too was waiting for these signs. The Lord tells him in 3 nephi 1:13-14 that the signs are coming and that he will do his part. That got their hopes up again and just as youd guess the signs came! They just needed to be more patient. A few verses later in this same chapter it says that Satan tried tricking the people again into losing their faith. but I love that it say in verse 22 that they didnt listen to the lies of Satan. They believed and were converted to the Lord. Every day of our lives we need to believe and REconvert ourselves to the Lord. I was reminded of a quote that you gave me mom, by Elder Uchtdorf. “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith”
Stay strong in the faith. The Lord loves each and every one of us! Hold fast in patience and the things we are waiting for will come!
I love you all so so much! To the moon and back!