Joke of the Week: Why do seaguls live by the sea? Cause if they lived by the bay they'd be bagels!!!!!
Quote of the Week: For all things are for your (the people) sakes, that the abundant grace might through thanksgiving of many rebound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction which is for but a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal!
Hola todos! First of all.............HAPPY FIRST BIRTHAY TO ELI!!!! :) lf he was in a Tongan ward he would have eaten a whole pig by now. l can't believe that he's already one. Tell him that l exist and tell him hello :)
Well we had a great week! lt has gotten SO COLD!!!!! Like 35 degrees alllll day long. BUT 35 degrees with humidity and wind feels about -10000 in Utah! Pray for our pobrecito bike elders!
So the first himno l play in sacrament meeting is always full of mistakes cause l'm looking at the the doors to see who comes in and not at the notes. This sunday l hit a TON of bad notes cause we had SO many less actives come to church! We didn't think that we'd have any at all cause of the cold, but lo and behold, lots came! Our ward is working so hard to support the missionary work. The our ward had about 15 investigators at church :) l love when people come.
There are some benefits to it being freeeeezing cold outside, primero: people give us hot chocolate a lot. Segundo: EVERYONE IS ALWAYS HOME! :) We taught 8 full length lessons last thursday cause people were actually home for our appointments.
Our investigators Brenda and Alberto are progressing poco a poco. Well... Brenda is interviewed and ready to be baptized, but please pray for ALberto. He is such a good guy. l love them so much. Brenda is in Mexico for a few weeks for some health help, so pray for her too! We have cambios coming up in December, and if l leave before Brenda gets home my heart might break!
This week l had a few lessons that just ticked me off... l am SO far away from being a "Preach My Gospel missionary." lt is SO evident that when the Spirit is not there, we can NOT teach! Bible bashes are intense, and improve my spanish vocabulary, but the best lessons are when l say a lot less, and the Spirit does most of the communicating. Sometimes l just feel so inadequate to be a missionary.
We attended a baptism for the english sisters in the zone, and man it was awesome! THe girl who was baptized was so prepared! They met her a month ago. She helped them find an apartment in her complex, and they started teaching her. She is straight up "golden." l know that if we talk with EVERYONE then we will find the elect!
l just feel so grateful to be in this ward. The members are amazing. Close to all of them are converts who have left their homeland and family, entonces, this barrio has become one big family. Full of camachos, el salvadoraneans, mejicanos, columbianos, and tons more, l'm so so blessed that they've let 9 gringo missionaries be a part of them :)
Well, l hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! l am certainly grateful for my blessings. l could count them for hours and hours. l pray for all of you! And THANK YOU for the cookie mixes and Christmas tree things!
Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff.
Pray for me to drive safe! Sometimes we drive over 100 miles in a day, and the roads are getting icey and the drivers are nutso.
p.s. did you find my passport or was that a dream l had?
Fotos are of the district, we took it to put in a thank you card for our WML
lf l was a protester/polititian/person of power, this would be my slogan. end road work.
We did Katniss Braids and dressed like her in honor of Hunger Games this week :)
Last photo - Brenda called us over to pray with her before she left to Mexico :)
don't judge the size of my gut..... we had just eaten 3 meals in. a. row. Hahahahahahaha