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Week 43: Bendiciones* (*Blessings)! :D

Pensamientos Espirituales* (*Spiritual Thoughts): Mosiah 7: 33

P-Day! :D Today, we went to Centro to the artesan's house de nuevo* (*again) and bought fantastic recuerdos* (*souvenirs). :) We then went to the plaza to see the huge Christmas tree before aprovechando* (*taking advantage of) P-day and resting. :) Visitabamos a* (*We visited) Lorenza, less active, and explained the Plan de Salvacion* (*Plan of Salvation) before contacting. :)

On Tuesday, we had a district meeting! We've got such a fun district this transfer! :) After lunch, we visited Severina, less active, and talked about humility before visiting Chabela, member, and getting some references and chatting with her! Luego* (*Then), we visited our investigadora* (*investigator) Rubi and taught the 10 Mandamientos* (*Commandments)! Then we helped train our ward missionaries in how to begin teaching. :) Good day!

Miercoles* (*Wednesday)! In the morning, we visited Melanio y Saturnina, investigators of the elders, and taught them about la fe* (*faith) using Alma 32. :) After lunch, we visited Mirella and Gabriel, investigators, and explained the Plan of Salvation! :) They really want to change their lives and serve God, but they're currently going to our church and the Evangelical church... con tiempo* (*with time). :) Despues* (*Then), we visited our investigator Rosemary Q. and she asked how she could join the Church, so we explained the Gospel and set a baptismal date! :D I've seen so many miracles because of simply contacting!!! Mirella and Gabriel and Rosemary. Golden. :) We then visited Fam. Llacua, conversos* (*converts), before going to Fam. Inga (investigators and less actives) and getting to know them. :)

Thursday, we contacted in the morning! After lunch, we went to our investigator Rosemary Q. and read her LDM* (*Book of Mormon) before going to Mirella and Gabriel, investigators, and explaining faith and repentance. :) Luego, we went to Elizageth and her family (less actives and investigators) and taught them about what happens after death! De alli* (*Then), we got caught in a FUERTE* (*really bad) rainstorm on our way to visit Luz Maria, less active, but we finally made it (super mojadas* (*wet)) and taught her about the importance of obeying the law. :)

Viernes* (*Friday)! After lunch, we visited our less active Lorenza and explained el Evangelio* (*the gospel) before going to Melanio and Saturnina, investigators, and talking about La Restauracion* (*The Restoration)! :D We ended up contacting and visiting a new investigator, Rosa L., and explaining a bit about the Church! :) Luego, we went to visit Amelia, miembro* (*member), and talked with her and got some referencias* (*referrals)! :) To finish the day, we visited Luz Maria, less active, and talked about the reason for trials. :)

On Saturday, our citas* (*appointments) fell through and we spent most of the time contacting! We visited with a few members para fortalecerles* (*to strengthen them), then went to our investigator Eddy and explained el bautismo* (*baptism)! :) Despues, we visited Fam. Llacua, conversos, and shared DyC 122 with them about God's support in trials. :) Then, we visited Fam. Inga, investigators and less actives, and talked about the naturaleza de Dios* (*nature of God)! They're on track to be baptized January 13th! They're truly a tender mercy. :)

Domingo* (*Sunday)! Today, we had 12!!! investigators come to church! :D After lunch, we contacted and visited Elizabeth and her family (less actives and investigators) and explained la Ley de Castidad* (*The Law of Chastity) before going to San Carlos to practice for a special Christmas program! A few sisters and elders are putting together a Christmas program to tour around in malls etc. the 24th and 25th!!! I'll also be singing Ave Maria! :D So that makes me happy! I have a chance to sing opera on the mission, and the tradition of Christmas choirs will never end! :D Bendiciones* (*Blessings)!!!

"We must make Christmas real. It isn't just tinsel and ribbon, unless we have made it so in our lives. Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. It is peace because we have found peace in the Savior's teachings. It is the time we realize most deeply that the more love is expended, the more there is of it for others." - Monson


Con amor y mis oraciones para siempre jamas* (*With love and my prayers forever and ever),

Hermana Schmid

(*Translations made by Karissa’s mom using google translate)

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