Sunday, January 3, 2016

December 21 in Isla

Wow sooo..... it's Christmas!!!!! Chirstmas in the mission is the best because, well, what else would Jesus want me to do for his birthday than to do what I'm doing? That makes it all awesome. 

The one sad part about Christmas is that here in Mexico nobody wants to listen to us. You would think it's the reverse, right? But it's not. Worship of the Virgen Guadalupe (she's not the Virgen Mary) intensifies here then.  Well, things are tough. They like hearing more of her and less of Jesus. But last night, we found the solution! Over time here in the mission I've learned to sing and I actually sing pretty good, if I do say so myself. And fortunately my district also sings! So what did we do last night? We went caroling! We just went to members' houses and stuff like that, but Thursday and Friday night we're going to do that instead of proselyte. We've got some really cool harmonies, and it all actually sounds REALLY good. The cool thing is that people DO open their doors in order to hear a few pretty songs about the Savior, and we're hoping that God has blessed us with this talent in singing right now so that we can maybe use that as a tool to bring more people to Him. We're going to walk around knocking on all the doors, and sing to other families, hoping to find people to teach! 

This week I basically had the worst week of my entire mission. Every single plan that we had fell through. We had to leave almost all the people that we are visiting. The people that we had that were close to baptism all fell through this week. I was actually quite certain that some of them were going to get baptized, but now, who knows. I was really disappointed because I wanted Elder Segovia to be able to have the experience of helping someone to baptism, because he's just starting and all, but that did not happen this week.

We had not a single investigator in the church again, and I thought all was lost. But then, a miracle happened. This Sunday, a young coupe came to church. They've gotta be between 20 and 25 years old. They moved here recently from Tamaulipas, a northern state. The wife is a member from birth, but had stopped going a few years ago. Her husband knows very little about the church, really only what she's said to him. She wants to come back to church now, and so he said, " Okay, well if you're gonna go, I wanna go with you and find out what all this is about." So he came and they're awesome! We're going to go teach them on Tuesday, and I'm super excited and hope to help them become an eternal family through baptism and temple covenants with the Lord. 

This I realized once again that there are lots of things I and this district can do better. It was another Ether 12: 27  experience: "and if men come unto me I will show unto them their weaknesses. I give unto men weaknesses that they may be humble, and my grace is sufficient for all those who humble themselves before me, that their weak things may be made strong." Sorry if that translation is a little off. I only have it memorized in Spanish, had to translate. But yeah so this week was like God showing me more of my weaknesses, and now I have the privilege of humbling myself before him, so that he can make my weak things strong through the grace of Jesus Christ! I'm super excited for this week and I know that this church is true!!! Love you guys talk to you next week!

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