Monday, March 28, 2016

Week 15 - He is Risen

We have had such a long week. To think that 8 days ago was the district conference in Pilar blows my mind. Unfortunately long weeks result from people not being home when they say they will. Which happened a lot this last week. On the bright side, my calves look fantastic! haha chiste no mas

However everytime we manage to find people to teach, we tell them about General Conference! We will be watching conference in our chapel via internet, and we have invited everyone we meet to watch it with us. Our session will start at 12:00 because we just had daylight savings time, and now we're only 2 hours ahead!

Thank you everyone who sent me birthday wishes this past week. It was really nice to read them today. To celebrate, Elder Thorpe and I baked a coconut cake, and tried to make vanilla frosting.
However, we ran out of powdered sugar, and tried making it by blending normal sugar. Unfortunately, we still had sugar grains in our frosting, so I decided to heat the mixture in order to melt the sugar and make it smooth again. However when the mixture hardened, we had a solid brick of sugar that had hardened to the pan. Note taken, you can't cook frosting. It stops being frosting. So we frosted my cake with sweetened condensed milk and shreded coconut, and it was delicious! Outside of that, we each enjoyed a can of Root Beer, a rare find, and did missionary work, less rare.

However we did manage to recieve a miracle this week. One of our investigators, who has been recieving lessons since before E. Thorpe, started progressing again after almost a month and a half. We were about to drop her when she told us she read the BoM and prayed about it and that she wants to have that kind of peace always. She's working on getting married so we'll set a date when that happens, but we are very excited for her.

Speaking of Baptism, Natalia, who just got married 2 weeks ago, had her baptism this Saturday! She and Gregorio have never looked so happy. It's such a great opportunity to watch these changes happen in peoples lives. It's a true testament to the power of repentance and baptism. I love that I have the opportunity to help people come to a knowledge of their Savior.

Which is the whole reason we celebrate this weekend. Christ was born to bring to pass the Atonement of mankind, to purify us of our sins, and to comfort us in our hardships. Alma 7:11-12 "And he shall forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind. and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may lose the bands of death which bind his people, and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." I know this really happened. I have seen the effects of it in my life, and I have watched it change the lives of those around me. Not just that they feel a little better, but that it has completely turned around the lives of people in this city. Adelio and Gregorio were getting drunk every weekend one year ago, and now they both are some of the happiest men I've had the pleasure of meeting. I love this Gospel, and I love getting to talk to people about their savior. Because I know he isn't dead. He didn't suffer for us just to die on the cross. He is Risen! My Savior Lives! He overcame death on the 3rd day and now can help us to do the same. Through Christ, even death is no obstacle. If we can become stronger than death, there is nothing in this world that can impede us. Stay strong in the faith. Endure to the end. Remember that Jesus is the Christ, He is Risen, and he wants nothing more than our happiness.

I love you guys, and I'm grateful for all of your support. Hope you had a great week, and enjoy General Conference!

This is called a cascara (shell or husk). In mexico they fill these with confeti and smash them on people. the Sister Leaders for our zone made them.

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