Monday, February 23, 2015

Week 53: One-Year Out!

My companion made me a yummy breakfast for my one-year mark!

PiƱatas are ridiculously popular here during the Christmas and 
New Year season. 

For our district activity we played soccer and ate tacos. 
What more can you ask for in Mexico?  :) 

Our giant district looks more like a zone.

This is one of the great people that we are enjoying teaching.

These are the moments that give missionaries joy! 
Randomly finding our investigator reading the Book of Mormon 
when he didn’t even know we we´re coming. :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Week 52: Forget Me Not

Can you believe I’ve almost been gone for one year? And guess what I’m going to do to celebrate it? Do exchanges with the sisters! Being a STL means that you don’t get to know your actual companion very well because we do exchanges so often. But we do have eight-hour bus trips together often.
I finished the Book of Mormon! I know I read slowly, but that’s okay, I love it. I especially like Moroni 9:6 and Moroni 10:34. I love the book Moroni; it’s super freaky and powerful. I also love the introduction to the Book Mormon. It contains a quote from Joseph Smith that says,  “the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” We can’t just read the Book of Mormon. We have to apply the teachings and make the appropriate changes in our lives.
I read the talk ¨Forget me Not¨ by Dieter F Uchtdorf this week and I think it’s become my new favorite. “Forget not to be patient with yourself. Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice. Forget not to be happy now. Forget not the ‘why’ of the gospel. Forget not that the Lord loves you.”
We had six investigators in church. How exciting!
Our Yummy Valentine Donuts!

My valentine surprise to my companion.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week 51: Little Miracles

I am EXHAUSTED! Last week the mission president declared Monday to be ¨deep clean the house day¨. But of course my companion and I are perfectionists, so we did not end last week. We deep cleaned again today ALL DAY LONG! I hurt very badly, but our house is sparkly (as much as it can for being icky looking). I’ve decided when I grow up I will live in a box, just so I don’t have to deep clean. I like cleaning, but it takes so much time. 

I love having an American companion! It’s so fun because we communicate easily with one another. I can talk in Spanish, but it’s just not the same. We get along really well and are working very hard together. We have found like a total of a million new people (slight exaggeration) to teach within the last three weeks. That’s great! 

We’ve been seeing tons of little happy miracles!

One investigator went to a baptism on Saturday and said that he felt something when the person was baptized. He thinks it might be his answer. His wife is a convert of seven years, but he has never accepted the missionaries before. The Lord has prepared him so much and I feel privileged to teach him!

When another investigator went to church for the first time she figured out that she has a lot of friends there! She was super happy and enjoyed the service.

And there have been lots of other little miracles everyday.

This week we found a ¨less active¨. He said he was baptized a few years ago in Washington, but they did it by splashing water on his head. I think this was apostasy... so we don’t think he was actually baptized and we are looking for his records. But he is willing to do it again because he knows it’s true. 

Feeding Puppies

The lovely Laqardo Cardenas Zone!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 50: Photos Only

While we were waiting for the combi (bus) we took a ¨pretty picture¨.

More waiting...

We did a fun balloon learning activity during our
leadership council meeting.

My companion and I