Hey everyone! Hope everyone had a great spring break and an even better Easter!
Wow! Crazy to think that 6 months ago this week I left for my mission the first time! Looking back I feel it was a long time. Especially when I think about how much has happened. I learn more and more each day not to dwell in the past in what could have happened but look hopefully to the future for what will :)
This week seemed like it took forever but it was eventful and full of fun none the less! I have became an official residence of Mexico as of last Wednesday!! Woooooo! I as well as some other missionaries serving in Mexico, took a bus trip to the consulate in Mexico City to retrieve our visas. We almost didn't make it because no one told us we about it until 5 minutes before the bus left! So my companion and I had to chow down our breakfast and book it over there and we made it just fine.
Every time I go outside the walls of the MTC I'm amazed by how awfully yet impressively people drive. So fast and so close, but I have yet to see an accident. It's about an hour bus ride to the consulate so I got to see a bunch of the city and it made me want to leave to the field already! These weeks in the MTC don't seem to go by fast enough.
At the consulate a lot of missionaries couldn't understand what the workers were telling them so I helped translate a lot. And it was good practice for me. After we got our visas all the missionaries ate at this little taco stand on the side of the street. I could just tell right from the start that was a bad place to eat because street food here will just tear up your insides . . . but man if those weren't the best tacos I had ever eaten in my life!!! It was like a circus of spices and flavors in your mouth as well as when it came out. Ha ha ha ha ha ha yeah I definitely paid for it later but totally worth it.
Since we had to go to the consulate on Wednesday we missed our progressing investigator lesson that morning so we had to make it up the next day. Along with our other investigator we had that day and we were starting TRC. Which is where we teach actual volunteers instead of teachers playing the role of the investigator. So it worked out that we would be teaching 3 lessons. Which is probably nothing compared to the missionaries in the field, but to us in the MTC it is 3 times more than the usual. Lulz.
Our first lesson was with Miguel, who we had taught earlier that week and flopped really hard with. It was the worst teaching experience of my life. I was so grateful he wasn't a real investigator. So we had to redeem ourselves and this time we did so good! We taught him how to pray and answered all his questions and I could feel Heavenly Father communicating through me. Such an awesome experience.
Later we had a lesson with Daniel. Our main goal was to earn his trust and be a friend to him. And we did just that! So we were 2 for 2! And then later that day we met Gloria. Gloria is 76 and has been a member for 33 years and has to be the sweetest lady I've ever met! She shared her conversion story with us, and how much she loves this church and the spirit was just so strong! She had such a beautiful soul and glowed with the light of Christ and I can't wait to meet more people like her on my mission.
This whole week our entire district was just looking forward to conference and we were not disappointed. I loved how most of the conference was based on family. Even though as a missionary starting a family isn't anywhere on my radar yet, I focused on how those messages would help the people I would teach. My favorite session by far was the Sunday morning session. There was just a triple whammy of speakers back to back that I just loved. Elder Brent Nielsen's talk on the prodigal son was definitely one I could relate to and was so good. Then my man Elder Holland knocked it out of the park with his talk on the Savior. Like holy cow! And Elder Uchtdorf's talk on grace was one of the best I've heard! I recommend everyone go back and take a look at those three. I know I will!
Yesterday as I was thinking about what to write you guys I realized I really didn't have a funny story to tell you guys like last week. I thought oh well that's just how it'll be. I definitely spoke too soon. Yesterday after we had another successful lesson outside with Miguel, our teacher was giving us feedback on how our lesson went. While he's talking there's this crazy bird over us just making the craziest noises. Mind you all the birds in Mexico are cray cray. And in my mind I'm thinking, "that is crazy. If only I had a shotgun." Now I don't know if this bird could read my mind or something, but out of nowhere he just takes his revenge on me and poops right on the back of my neck! LOL at my life. Anyways I learned 2 very important things that day:
1. God really does have a sense of humor
2. Fresh bird poop is extremely warm.
That's all for this week everyone. I hope all is well and that everyone is doing good and healthy! I pray for you all the time!
I want to close with my testimony:
I know that we have a loving Father who is aware of us, loves us, and has a plan for all of us. I know that it's only through the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ that we are able to return back to Him. His love and atonement is infinite. I feel it every day. If you haven't seen the church's video, He is Risen on youtube you need to watch it. I love my Savior so much and I try to be more like Him everyday. I love sharing His gospel with those around me and bringing them closer to Christ. He lives. I know He does. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and its words truly do have the power to change lives. I've seen it. I love you all and God loves you too!
Until next week!
P.S. Don't be afraid to email me :)
(Or you can write a letter to him. Use this post to help.)