Monday, May 11, 2015

So this will be my last email home...isn´t that weird? So I´m not going to lie, I feel sort of will be so different going back to the life has totally been something else for months ...for example I won´t have to throw a bucket for water down the toilet everytime I want to flush it....and there won´t be tortillas! what? That´ll take some getting use to.

Last Saturday one of my old investigators got baptized, her name is Lionides and she was really a miracle. The grumpy old man that she was living with left and the next Sunday she went to church! And the next week she was baptized!

I´m not going to lie...I´m pretty excited to see my family again...its been AWHILE....if you guys haven´t seen my mom´s facebook posts (because I´m sure she´s been posting about it ) my parents are coming to pick me up here in Mexico...hopefully we´ll get to visit some converts and some cool places, but I´m just excited to be home and to lay down on my carpet, I´m not even kidding..

I´ll see you all in a week!
This Saturday we had 2 baptisms and they were awesome. The grandma´s name is MarĂ­a de los Angeles and her grandchild is Juan.They are awesome. This next Saturday we should hopefully have the baptizm of the other grandchild Jorge.He´s 17 and he wanted to get baptized a month ago but as soon as the elders left and we got here he stopped going to church and he was just acting weird...but then we had our district leader interview him again and we were actually able to help him and find out the actual problem! I had the coolest experience too...I was in sacrament meeting yesterday sitting beside Jorge and I was just thinking about how to help him....and I had this thought ¨open your scriptures¨ and it was the weirdest I did it and I opened up to Alma 42:27

¨Therefore, O my son, whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely. and whoseever will not come the same is not compelled to come- but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds.¨

Whoa!! That was totally the scripture that he needed. It was such a beautiful experience being able to share this scripture with him....there are just some people that you know that you were sent to a specific area for them...and he´s definitely one of these investigators...he just needs someone to love him and understand him.I can´t wait to see him get baptized on saturday! Please pray for him everyone!
Then on the 9th we have another baptizm planned for Fernando....he is so awesome...I love his story, but we´ve still got to help him a lot though because he´s still struggling. He has a smoking problem and his brother just died a month ago so he´s having a really hard time trying to quit...but yesterday he received a priesthood blessing and at the end everyone was in tears, it was such a spirit guided moment and I am seriously going to miss having these sweet spirit moments that a missionary always is able to see.Hopefully Fernando will be able to stop smoking and hopefully that blessing that he received will help him to have a stronger testimony. I know if strengthen my testimony.

Oh! The funniest thing happened the other week companion and I were with some members and they were telling us about their kids...and one of their girls is named ¨Abish¨ from the Book of Mormon...and they said ¨yeah...she was the first sister missionary in the Book of Mormon..¨ and my companion says ¨yeah she was also less active...¨ HAHA! It was so hilarious. I am going to so miss the mission!

See you guys in 2 weeks

Hey everybody, this week has been hilarious and super hot....but I have some friends serving missions in Brazil and in Arizona so I can´t really complain haha.

Yesterday was stake conference and I totally had to give a talk and share my testimony about the joy of missionary work. I´m not going to lie, but when I saw how many people were there I actually got a little scared and took my notebook out and started adding more things to my talk lol ...seriously I had written down some basic points that I wanted to talk about but when I got up there I just bore my testimony and shared a few stories and apparently it was good, but I don´t even remember what I really said, haha. But apparently it was alright so I didn´t really worry too much about it.

Afterward we went to this lesson with a less active family and at the end of the lesson the little boy (he was probably 1 and a half years old) (( and he was walking around in just a pair of underwear)) pulled down his underwear and went pee on his grandfathers sandel. It was the highlight moment of my week. We were all just laughing! And the little kid didn´t even look sorry, apparently it´s not the first time that he´s done it though haha!

Oh! Ok so this was a little ridiculous (but the lady was obviously in a bad mood...but it was still ridiculous) so we´re doing divisions and my companion and I are dying for thirst, so we go into a small little homeowned store on the side of the road and we ask for 2 bottles of water.....each bottle costed 8 pesos and we put our money together and we only had 15.7 pesos...we also had a bigger bill, but the lady didn´t have any change so we had no other choice but to use the coins that we had....and the lady told us ¨each bottle is 8 pesos¨ and we were literally dying of heat...we actually did the math and that .3 pesos that we needed were like 2.06 that was fun: we went to another store.

Oh! okay here´s another my companion and I were teaching a lesson on repentence and we wanted to do this demonstration with clorox, water and fruit juice...but we didn´t have any fruit juice, (we had completely forgotten about it!) so we ask them(the two kids we were teaching) if they had any and they said we asked them in they had any coke (because basically every house in Mexico has a bottle of coca cola) so we did the activity with the hope that the clorox would make the coke clear).....the good thing was that we were sitting next to the window so that when we did the activity we just lifted up the glass into the light that was coming in through the window behind us.....the activity sort of worked...not really, but it was pretty funny and that kids loved it! haha!

I love you all and I hope you´re having a great week!

Happy birthday mom! love ya!

I´ve been learning how to cook this week! These enchiladas that we made totally turned out good...I will definitely miss Mexican food. It´s THE BEST.

First of all my companion and I have seen so many miracles here in our area. It´s amazing. I remember that we shared the Restoration lesson with a family and during the First Vision part when we told them to close their eyes, I just remember feeling overcome by the spirit and it was so powerful, I could barely finish it--we were all crying.

We´ve just been having so mnay spiritual experiences and I know that I´ve been called to this mission for a reason. I really think it´s going to be hard for me to leave this spiritual missionary bubble if I´m being 100% honest. A few days ago we taught this man whose brother had recently died (his father who is less active was also there) and at the end of the lesson we asked the father to give the closing prayer, but he just couldn´t get himself to do it...he told us that he had stopped praying ever since his son had died. It was a beautiful and overpowering experice being filled with the spirit and being able to testify to this man...telling him exactly what the spirit wanted him to hear. I can definitely tell you that it wasn´t me who was talking...100% spirit right there. I´m so glad that we have the plan of salvation and that we know that families can be together forever. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hermana Cortez and I also gave the relief society lesson on Sunday and we shared about Ezra Taft Benson and his testimony on Joseph Smith and we just cried. I´ve definitely come to realize that without the restoration of the gospel in my life, I wouldn´t have any of the blessings that I currently enjoy.I´ve been actually feeling the spirit a lot this week and I can´t believe that in 4 weeks I´ll be home. It just doesn´t make any sense to me...I´m not going to lie, I´m a little nervous, just because I won´t be living the life as a full time missionary and I know I´ll miss it...and it sort of gets me teary-eyed..but I just hope I´ll be able to enjoy this little last bit of time.

I got a few letters this week for some of you!---you´re all great, I just wanted to let you know that I love you and that I hope everyone´s doing great. Keep praying for me please, it´s really weird finishing up a mission.