Wow what an amazing week. I have learned so much again. Time seems to pass so fast, my goal is to always be keeping up with the pace and use my time the best that I can.
This week was very challenging in a lot of ways. I have plateaued a little in my spanish and I am using it as much as I can, though I struggle at times. The miraculous thing is that without fail, I am blessed with an amazing tender mercy cada dia that reminds me of my purpose and rejuvinates me for the next day. I am taking the council of President Hinkley to “forget myself and go to work” and Hermana Judd and I have been working hard. We cannot always directly see the fruits of our labors but we keep working. We have found some beautiful families and some other people that the lord has definitely prepared to recieve us. I also have the blessing of a great companion. Hermana Judd is so awesome!
This past Saturday we had a massive Ward Activity se llamó Destino Final that simulated a plane crash and we walked through the plan of Salvation post la muerte física. Each room in la capilla was dedicated and decorated to represent each lugar: el mundo de los espiritus, and los tres reinos de gloria. We had been working on this with the ward council for about a month and it turned out a great success. We had a family of investigators come down and it was a very positive experience for them. It was so amazing. In all of our preparation we felt like something was missing, but we werent sure what. Hermana Judd and I were sitting at lunch the day before when she turned to me and said, “Hermana! We do not have anything about the savior!” We had forgotten the biggest part of the entire plan… so, we grabbed an extra room in la capilla and showed each group that came through the movie Gracias a él or “Because of Him·. You should all take time to see it today and share ti with someone else! It is beautiful. It was the final destination of the activity and the coolest room. Hermana Judd and I had the opprotunity to work in this room for a couple of the groups and after we shared the movie we shared our testimony of the Savior and his role in the Plan of Salvation. The spirit was so strong and it was very humbling. This is his work, we are his messengers, and it is only through faith and endurance in Him that we can return to the presence of our Heavenly Father.
This week we have had a lot of rain…. as in a lot… as in flood. It was soooo cool! This past tuesday we were soaked all day. At one point we were up to midthigh in water. It was really surreal, but after about six hours of being soaking wet, I was a little ready to go home… but we kept going and it was mazing!
This week we worked a lot with less actives. We teach a lot of older people and there were so many tender moments and cultural shocks that I had this week. We met with one elderly couple. He is mostly deaf and she is blind and mentally gone. But there were so many times when I would see them and he would be holding her hand, buttoning her dress for her or feeding her. It is so tender and reminds me of what is really important. They are so poor. They have two goats that they share with their children that live next door and one of the goats had babies this past week. They were soo cute! We passed by the next day to find out that one of the babies had died that morning. It was so sad, but as we left we saw this hermano. HE WAS EATING THE BABY GOAT THAT HAD DIED!!! It was a little traumatizing…. Yesterday we visited another older Hermano. He is extremely poor, he has nothing and his living conditions are terrible, and yet he faithfully comes to church every week and is nothing but happiness. When we passed by he pulled out the dirtiest, saddest looking guitar that I had ever seen in my life that I had ever seen. He began to play “How Great Thou Art”. It was beautiful…. I was reminded of the poem “Touch of the Masters Hand”.
I love this work so much… My Heavenly Father is a God of tender mercies… This week I have found so much strength that is not my own. I have seen miracles. I have learned so much about trusting in the Lord and learning to rely on his timing.
I am so excited for General Conference! I hope that you all have plans to watch it and to listen to the prophet.
I love you all! Thank you for your love and support!