Week 34: Happy
Pensamientos Espirituales* (*Spiritual Thoughts): Matthew 21: 21
P-day! :) After Internet, we went and bought the ingredients for tacos and headed out to San Juan for a P-day de Distrito* (*District Preparation Day)! We cooked and ate tacos, talked, and played Clue and Uno for a while. :) After journeying back to Centro, we had a Noche de Hogar* (*Family Home Evening) with our investigator Jeny G. where we watched the video 'Finding Faith in Christ' and discussed the infinite power of faith. :)
On Tuesday, we had a district meeting in the morning where we talked about humility and obedience! :) We then contacted and had lunch before visiting our new investigator Alex! His wife's a member. We talked about the power of the Atonement. :) Luego* (*Then), we visited two new investigators, Ruzbel and MariLuz and got to know them! We then journeyed to Ada, less active, and talked about how we need to be prepared and prepare in this life before going to our investigator Olga and teaching about faith in Christ. Chevere* (*wonderful) (albeit rainy) day! :)
Wednesday! The morning was spent in interviews with Presidente Silva! He talked lots about how we need to apply love more in missionary work and express our love for the people. :) After lunch, we visited Milagros V., investigadora* (*investigator), and talked about servicio y la obra missional* (*service and missionary work)! :) Despues* (*Then), we visited Lesly, converso* (*convert), and talked about the importance of church callings before going to Lucero and reading FLJ* (*For the Strength of Youth).
Jueves* (*Thursday), we contacted all morning after our citas* (*appointments) fell through. The sun was fuerte* (*strong)- it's the first time I've proselyted here in short sleeves! :) During lunch, Vallejo felt sick- headache and nosebleed, so we went back to the room and she took some pills and rested. Despues, we visited Josefina, converso, and I got to play the guitar!!! :) Definitely a highlight. We talked about el sacerdocio* (*the priesthood) and its blessings! Then we visited Rebecca, who we thought was an investigator, but today she told us that she was actually baptized when she was little. Sorpresa* (*Surprise)! We talked about how God sustains us in trials. :)
Viernes* (*Friday)! After studies, weekly planning, and lunch, we visited our investigator Guida! We explained the Restoration and she asked us about baptism, so we challenged her and she accepted! :) Despues, we visited our investigator Milagros V. to do her pre-entrevista bautismal* (*Pre-baptismal interview), and she told us that she doesn't want to get baptized on the 15th, that she wants to wait some more time. Despues, I helped our investigator Delsy with her English homework before we went to a ward activity, where we watched the Restoration video. :)
Saturday! Fantastic day. :) In the morning, I taught English class to niños* (*children) and learned I actually have patience with them! After lunch, we visited our investigator Mely and talked about fe* (*faith) before going to our investigator Raquel and explaining prophets. Then, we visited our investigator Olga and taught the Restoration! :) Despues, we went to our investigator Jeny P. She told us of difficulties she's currently facing, and I felt impressed to share Mosiah 24, which talks about how the Lord will lighten our burdens and, in His time, free us from our afflictions. :) We then went to Stake Conference in San Juan! Elder Calderon of the Seventy spoke and asked all of us missionaries to stand up. He then invited Vallejo and I to the stand and asked us each individually to share the First Vision and our testimonies. It was so powerful and special to me to have this opportunity to share my testimony with all of Cerro. I love it here, I love these people, I love this truth. :)
Domingo* (*Sunday) was stake conference! I got to play the piano hoy* (*today). :) After lunch, we visited Miguel, converso, and explained los deberes del sacerdocio* (*the duties of the priesthood), because he got the sacerdocio mayor hoy* (*priesthood today)! :) Luego, we went to Jeny G., investigadora, and talked about faith. To finish up the day, we had a noche de hogar on faith with Familia Delgado! :)
This week, I want to share a few words from Al Fox Carraway on trials that I have found to be extremely true. 'Promised blessings never expire. Just because things haven't worked out yet, doesn't mean they won't. Stop living in the future, and enjoy today. Search, learn, and find joy in your trials, because surely there will be many. Love who you are and where you are.'
Attitude is EVERYTHING. We can choose to find joy in the journey and let our trials shape and refine us. It all depends on us.
Con amor y mis oraciones para siempre jamas * (*With love and prayers for ever and ever),
(*Translations made by Karissa’s mom using google translate)