I hope this week has been a good one for all of you. Things have been good here in Arizona. There have been a few trials this week, but the work goes on. I'm so grateful for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation, and that we have a loving Savior. Wednesday evening I received the sad news that my aunt passed away. It was a bit of a shock, and I will miss her greatly. I've been trying to keep my mind on the work, but as well my heart has been with my family. Something that has helped a lot is this quote "You will find that the true key to happiness to to labor for the happiness of others." I know that as we keep focused, and try our best we will find so much happiness. I've been praying that I may become a more consecrated missionary, who can focus on the work, and the salvation of others. I've truly seen the miracles and I hope you have seen the blessings in your lives as well. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13).
As for my week in the work, things have been really busy and different. On Wednesday we had a huge meeting, and received brand new Ipads. A member of the Quorum of the Seventy came and spoke with us, and someone from the Missionary Department. We learned that Ipads are just tools, and nothing more. A quote that the Seventy said was, "Look I have a tool...it's a pen, it has black, red, and lead but we don't need to use that right now." He was referring to our Ipads, they are just tools. Nothing more, nothing less. We can't be controlled by them. I really liked the training because we are learning how to use Facebook more effectively, and how to become more consecrated and obedient missionaries. There have been a lot of issues with Ipad missionaries across the United States, and I'm glad we won't be monopolized by these tools anymore. We won't be on Facebook for a time, but eventually after we have learned how to use the safe guards we can have it back.
On Thursday, I had the great privilege of translating for a Stake Relief Society meeting. I was so nervous at first because I felt like my Spanish wasn't up to par, but Heavenly Father took care of me, the Gift of Tongues is truly a Gift of God. I've come to appreciate the Spanish culture, and language so much these last 11 months. As I'm heading into my last 5 transfers, I'm going to try my hardest to absorb all that I can.
Friday we had a our normal weekly planning, and the Zone Leaders and I took care of some obedience issues. During this whole thing, my Zone wrote me a huge letter explaining how much they appreciate the work I'm doing, and to tell me sorry for the loss of my aunt. It was so sweet of all of them, and cheered me up a lot. The Zone Leaders gave me a blessing and shared this awesome insight with me that even though Jesus Christ knew about the Plan of Salvation and was going to bring His friend Lazareth back to life, He still wept. I found comfort in knowing that it's alright to cry, but then you dust yourself off and you keep moving forward. Later that night Sister Jensen and I had an awesome lesson with Humberto. He's 17 and is getting baptized the 20 of March. We brought Hermano Tavison with us, and he helped us out a lot.
Saturday I had the opportunity to sing at a baptism for an English guy. It turned out beautiful, and he only had to be dunked 4 times... Gotta do it right, right? After the baptism we had dinner at Pollo Loco it's a really good fast food place. They have authentic Mexican food:) After dinner we had 5 less active, and recent convert lessons.
Sunday was good, in the morning I had to attend a few Stake meetings for my Sister Training Leader calling, and after we had 4 investigators or as I like to call them, friends, come! After we had an awesome Gospel Principles class and talked a lot about the importance of scriptures. Later we took a picture with a friend named Olider, he's getting baptized this weekend. He loves the missionaries!
Well, that's my week. I hope this week was good for all of you, and this upcoming will be even better. "Strive to love as He loves, with unfailing compassion, patience, and mercy."
S'mores for days
Olider and my District