Monday, March 14, 2016

500 days

I have been on my mission for 500 hundred days if you were wondering.

I don't remember too much of this week because I'm on pain med's. But
I do remember that I invited Francisco to be baptized and he said yes!
We are preparing him to baptized on the 26th! He is from Venezuela and
he's super cool. Serving in Houston I've had the opportunity to teach
people from tons of different countries that come here to live. Not
just Mexico but also Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Columbia, Cuba,
Porto Rico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, ect. But he's my
first from Venezuela. He is such a golden, prepared investigator. I
remember when we taught him yesterday about family history and how our
ancestors who didn't didn't learn about the gospel in this life can be
taught in the spirit world and we can help them receive baptism, the
key to the celestial kingdom, his jaw literally dropped haha. It was
funny.  The gospel is true and it changes lives! He has already read
so much in the Book of Mormon and he applies it to his life. I know
that is what has truly prepared him is reading the Book of Mormon, it
is the key stone of our religion and what truly converts us! The
members have done great at fellow shipping him and we are all really
excited for his baptism. Please pray for Francisco that he can stay on
track for baptism!
      I bedazzled my boot because 💁👑✨

We love matching


So this week was fantastic.

Story of one of our investigators who has been taught for a while,
Carolina. I remember the first time we taught her a while ago she did
not accept the Book of Mormon at all. She said that Joseph smith wrote
it and that she only needed to read the bible. Well after tons of
citas of reading the Book of Mormon with her and teaching and praying,
last Saturday she told us that she knows the Book of Mormon is true
and she feels the spirit when she reads it and her and her daughter
came to church yesterday! Yayy:) we had tons of other mission miracles
yesterday and opportunities to serve.

So I'm just going to talk a little bit about my wonderful companion
and how much we are the SAME PERSON. So birthdays are the same year,
same month, 2 days apart. June 1995. Both of moms died in car
accidents when we were younger. And our moms were really similar
people. Both of our dads got remarried. We have the same favorite
color, we use the same toothpaste. We say the same things all the
time, at the same time. She is my other half. I'm positive we were
bffs in the pre-earth life.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Me and my companion love Valentines!! We had so much fun. We had
parties in both of our English classes and we made cookies for all the
single moms in our wards. We happenchanced already had the same shirt,
we didn't buy it together. We are literally the same person.
One of my favorite scriptures: Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Nobody gives us more love than the savior!

So besides the wonderful Valentine week, I actually fell quite ill
this weekend and almost died. Literally, I have never been so sick or
in so much my pain my whole entire life. We don't know what it was but
it could of been one three things; the flu bug that has been going
around, food poising from all the gross Hispanic food I eat, or the
tub of raw cookie dough that me and my companion ate. 😁
But because the church is true, I got a preisthood blessing and I'm
almost all better now:)

16 meces joy

Psalms 118:24
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Stake Conference with President Nelson

On Sunday our stake had a very special opportunity to have conference
with Pres. Nelson.
So our stake is really special because we're one of only five
completely Hispanics stakes in the United States. Usually Hispanic
wards are just mixed in with English stakes but we have so many
Hispanics here we have our own stake! It's the best stake ever. We
have a lot of amazing wards and leaders. The conference didn't start
until 10 but everybody wanted to be there early to get seats because
once the chapel was full, they had to send people away. So we got a
ride with members and we left at 6:30am to be one of the first ones
there to get a good seat. We arrived around 7:30 and had to sit and
wait for two and a half hours until the conference actually started.
But it was a amazing of course. We heard from the temple presidency
and the mission presidency and Elder Falabella from the seventy. One
of the youth in my ward was asked to speak, Jayline Gonzalez. She's 18
and super cool! She was so nervous, but she asked us to help her write
her talk! She spoke on family history work and temples and it was
awesome I almost cried. Something that president Mortensen said that
caught my attention was: "The best thing we can do is have our
children hear us share and testify of the gospel." It reminded of how
blessed I am because I have the most missionary-minded dad in he
world. I have so many memories of my father sharing the gospel and his
testimony with everyone. His coworkers, students, wrestlers, football
players. He probably has brought more people to Christ than I have as
a full time missionary ha!
President Nelson knows Chinese but not Spanish, but he gave his whole
talk in Spanish. He had to read the whole thing and his accent was
very gringo but it was amazing that he loves the people so much he
wanted to do that. The most amazing part of the conference is at the
end of his talk, when he stopped reading, he gave his testimony and a
blessing to the stake, and he began to speak in perfect Spanish! It
was amazing, the gift of tongues is real and it was just another
witness to me that he is a servant of the Lord and the Church is true.