Thursday, November 20, 2014

This week has been great and sort of confusing start off...last week I got on the bus and sat next to this old man and I started talking to him thinking that he could speak Spanish...I quickly found out he didn´t speak Spanish so I tried speaking to him in English...and that didn´t work we spoke in Spanish the little bit that we could and I all that I could get out of him was that he was Russian and he was a professor at the University down the street! What?! I´ve never been put in the situation...not being able to share the gospel with someone...I wished in that moment that I could speak Russian...but I´ll work on one language at a time.

We also ate with the Patriarch because he´s in our ward. He is amazing and I really like talking to him. He´s this older man who basically remembers everything he´s ever read and him and his wife love to give us food! I´m okay with that though :P It was an awesome experience because it was my turn to share the spiritual thought and I shared 2 Nephi2:24 ¨But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.¨ It was great because after sharing this small simple scripture he told us all that he could sense the goodness of our spirits...of the 4 of us that were there and it was just a really awesome experience.

Oh, before I forget...okay so the missionaries that were taken out of the state of Guerrero are no longer ¨visitors¨ but are going to stay here...the state of Guerrero has been temporarily closed for missionary work because of all the uncertainty the mission is basically ¨ the Mexico, Morelos and a little part of Oaxaca Mission¨...I bet that some day we´re going to the have a temple here in the state of Morelos...the zone has been split too! Right now I´m in the Cuernavaca North Zone. Our area ¨La Pradera¨ has been split again too...instead of just having ¨La Pradera A¨ and ¨La Pradera B¨ we have.....¨La Pradera A, B, C, and D¨´s a little crazy and we´re still trying to figure our everything with the limits of our areas. At first the Bishop wanted my companion, Sister Durham and I to go up into the foresty part that´s super hidden and 45 minutes away from the house but President Kusch put a stop to that, haha! We wouldn´t have minded working up there..we would have just have had to have a different schedule seeing how it´s completely dark at 6pm. We´re definitely not going to be working in that area though because it´s unsafe and right now we´re still waiting for our Bishop to get back to us with our new limits...the 8 missionaries in the ward are completely unsure of which area is it´s a little difficult, but we´re working with what we have.

Saturday and Sunday we had Stake Conference and it was such a great experience. On Saturday every single speaker spoke about being Self Reliant ....haha! So obviously something has got to change. But it was great being able to feel the Spirit testify of the words of the speakers. On Sunday we went to pick up an investigator, Rosario and she is AMAZING. Her little boys were waiting for us ...sitting at the door and as soon as they saw us they yelled ¨mom!! They´re here! It´s time to go!!¨ It was so cute! We went to the conference and my companion came prepared...she brought play-dough and coloring stuff...I didn´t even think about that...I just brought some chocolate haha, but the kids were great and didn´t complain at all! There were a lot of people and the conference had a satelite transmition from Salt Lake too just for our stake and another stake close by...Linda Reeves and Neil Anderson spoke in Spanish! It was great being able to see them sharing their testimonies in another language too and one of the points that they shared was the importance of FAMILY Scripture study. It was great...they said that we should be reading the scriptures everyday as a family and that there is ALWAYS time...we just have to decide what the important things in life. They shared that there are no excuses not to read the scriptures everyday as a family. I thought it was definitely a great conference session . Rosario loved it too and we has a baptismal date for the 3rd of January! We´ll see what happens! :D

After the Conference we were able to be in the room when Tomas and Edgar Pintor received the Melchizedek Priesthood. It was great seeing the Stake President give the priesthood to Tomas...and then Tomas give it to was amazing to see that the church is a church of constant learning and progression...we will never stop learning and there is always room for improvement. I love the priesthood and all the blessings that it has to offer. Afterwards we went to the Pintor´s house and taught them a little bit about their responsibilities now that they have the Priesthood and we also talked about food storage because they had a few questions about how to get started. This family is such a great example to me and afterwards they gave us ice cream so I love them even more! haha!

This week we also saw another miracle...we were walking home last Monday and my companion was sharing some thoughts about how we could find new people to teach ...or if there were even any new people to teach and we were stopped by this man who was running up and down the hill. He stopped us and said ¨hey...what are you guys and what do you share?¨ WHAT? No one wants to talk to us first of all...and second of all no one asks about the message that we was so cool. We set up an appointment with him and when we went his whole family listened to us! The annoying part was that his wife and children are from this Christian church down the road and wouldnt let him say anything..and they were preaching to us...The man´s name is Javier and he´s not sure if God exists and his wife and kids basically just wanted us there to convince Javier that God is real ...but they didn´t really let us share too much of our actual message without saying something annoying. Javier definitely has the potential to progress, but we´d have to work with him before his family even had the desire to talk to us seriously.

Thanks for everything you guys, Mexico is going great for the most part, and this week was awesome because we got even more cake from some of the members who didn´t feed us last week! I love this ward and this is the last week in the transfer, so I guess we´ll see if I stay here with Sister Durham for a 4th change or if one of us gets moved out! I love the mission! 4 more transfers left! ah!!

Love you all!!
Hermana Ward

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