Hey everyone! So, first off, sorry in advanced. No pictures, because my camera died and I keep forgetting to charge it. Second off, I have been the worst at journaling this week, so if my entries seem shorter and not too . . . epic like always, that is why. I hope that you enjoy nonetheless. :) MUCH LOVES!
On Monday (20th April 2018) HAPPY 15 MONTHS! ONLY 3 MORE TO GO. :l ... Hna Olguin was still super sick. She got a mosquito virus, so that's been fun. But, I was able to exercise some awesome service for her. If you've ever been taken care of by me, you know that you are not allowed to do anything but sleep until you feel better. She tried to do her laundry or cook or whatnot, but I just ended up sending her to bed so that I could do it. So, I spent the day cleaning, doing laundry, and studying, which was actually a really nice feeling. I know that we are in the service of our fellow men, we are only in the service of our God. And that, as we serve one another, feelings of hatred, anger, and resentment can be filled with love, peace, and forgiveness. I haven't had any problems with this companion, thank the heavens, but I had a renewed appreciation and love for her because of the service that I was able to give to her. And she appreciated it beyond measure, so SERVE! It's awesome. :)
On Tuesday (1st May 2018) we had one of the most interesting district classes ever. It's always been interesting being in a district rather than a stake, and sharing the area with two other companionships, but it's been so weird here. XD luckily we got some transfers within the area, so . . . hopefully some things change. If this tells you anything of how it went: Hna Olguin has the tendency to tell Elder Trujillo that what he says in english is right, and I have to tell him that it's not. It annoys him SO BAD, so just in the heat of the conversation, "I COULD SAY THAT PERRO MEANS CAT AND SHE WOULD SAY YES!" I had to just sit in a corner for a moment to calm down, and the american elder than joined us that day (because of 3 day divisions) had to sit down because he was laughing so hard. Anywho, on a more spiritual note, we went with our recent convert and his family, and his sister CHOSE HER DATE! That was a huge step for her, because we've been working with her for some time now, but because Esteban showed more interest, we focused more on him. So, now that we're focused on her, she's doing it! We're super excited to work with her. Then, we went with a reference that we were presented to at church, and it was a seriously beautiful and intense lesson. I was so into it that I didn't even realize the grandma left. XD anywho, when we asked him to say the closing prayer, he wanted to cry after doing it. It was so beautiful, and I just love this kid! He accepted a date to get baptized, but we have a lot of work to do before he can do it. :) but, we have faith. And, he totally made it worth it, because unfortunately, people can receive an answer, but they decide to take the easy way out and deny it. I got to watch Hna Olguin pop a top for the first time in a lesson. Needless to say, the kid knows that he's denying the answer he received and that there are consequences to that action. It'll be a funny story for when I get home ;)
On Wednesday (2nd May 2018) we did weekly planning. We have some seriously good people who could totally get converted and be awesome members, we just have to work with them to get their answer. They're just dolls. Anywho, after the food appointment (that was seriously a disaster), we went visiting with a young woman who wants to serve a mission. We saw Esteban's sister and taught her about prophets. I just love our prophet today. I remember meeting him at the CCM and just KNOWING that he was a man of God. I just love him. :) And I testify that he is the prophet today and that he literally talks to God and that God guides us through him. :) Then, we went with a young woman that the missionaries have been working with for 6 months. We talked with her and we prayed about a date to be baptized. We did a prayer right there, and it was beautiful because she received an answer on the spot and cried because she knew that she needed to do it this week. We were super excited for her :) That night, we helped the branch with some ideas on how to help unify the branch. Afterwards, I was apologized to for a few things that had happened in the food appointment, and I was just a happy kid. Forgiveness is the key to healing.
On Thursday (3rd May 2018) we went and visited the young woman to get permission from her brother to get baptized and set up her program and everything. She was really brave, letting us in and talking openly about getting baptized, because her family is against it. Especially her dad, and he's been the problem the entire 6 months, because he won't give her verbal permission (he doesn't live here). So, I was really proud of her. :) Then, we went with Luis, and it was so funny, because the grandma is pretty hardcore. He said that he didn't think he'd have time because of work, and as we were talking about it, the grandma went in and planched the boss, so he had enough time to talk with us ;D so funny. As it turns out, he has some things that he needs to work through, but he wants to do it. So, we're going to work with him so that he can take the healing process of repentance and get baptized. :) Then, we ended the night playing sports, and as always, I get intense. But, the members are used to that now. XD
On Friday (4th May 2018) it was a pretty emotional day for me. Super, actually. But, I learned a lot from it. We can't live to anyone else's expectation, and I think that's something that I have struggled with my entire life. I'd try to live up to the expectations of people who were supposedly my friends, the expectations of people who didn't even know me, and I'd always try to live up to my own incredibly high expectations. Being out here on the mission, and especially this day, helped me to realize that I have to prioritize the importance of other peoples' opinions of me and that I have to live to the expectations that God has for me. Before, I couldn't tell you what those are, but now that I have a better relationship with and understanding of God, I'm working to figure those out. The perspective that I have on life is incredibly different, and that's why I'm grateful for the companion that I currently have. She's the first one to really change in me what others couldn't. And, it all leads to Christ. :) That was the great things about being crushed for a few moments. God always turns our hardest moments into treasures and lessons that will carry us through our lives forever. What matters is what God and I think of me, and the expectations we both have for me. My life will no longer be dictated by someone else, especially if they have no right being a part of it. It also made me reflect on the relationships that I'm striving to attain and maintain. Overall, it was God's way of protecting me from a lot of things that I realize now that I don't want to deal with in the future. Great personal lesson within the mission, and definitely a testimony builder for my investigators. :) Another down for the day was that the young woman we were working with decided not to get baptized for the fear of what her dad would do. Her prayer was incredibly sad, because she knew that she was denying the answer that God had given her. :( But, I know that she'll do it. It's just not her moment yet. We ended the day with awesome contacts and references, and some Guanabana juice. That stuff's the best. :)
On Saturday (5th May 2018) we had an awesome lesson on the Plan of Salvation with Esteban's sister. She read her chapter, and she just ate up all that we were teaching her. Her brother also accepted to get baptized with her, so we're really going to work with this family. I think the best part of it all is seeing Esteban's face knowing that he's getting so much closer to having an eternal family. He always prays for them. :) Ah, and I got bit by a ginormous ant during our lesson, and I seriously thought that I was going to die. After it bit my leg, it felt like needles stabbing me up along my leg, and I couldn't focus and my heart started feeling a lot of pressure. But, I am a living witness today that I indeed did not die. XD But I definitely freaked. My companion did too. Anywho, afterwards, we went on an adventure and contacted. I chased some turkeys and chickens, and I saw a huge pasture of cows. Super great day. :) Ah, and we met a sweet lady who doesn't speak much Spanish. They speak chol here. Dialect! :D So, if I learn some, I'll be sure to share it. :) Ah, and then we went and taught an awesome family that we found a few weeks ago but haven't been able to find in their house. We taught them about the Plan of Salvation, and the mom has a Catholic background, so she's really obsessed with el infierno or hell. So, when her daughter was asking us about the telestial world . . . well . . . "So, the telestial world is like--" Daughter "HELL!" Mom "Uhm, no." Me. XD We all just DIED. And then, we talked about baptism, and we explained that God has revealed that, at the age of 8, children should get baptized. I didn't even get the explanation out completely before the sister whipped around, pointed her finger at her brother, and screamed, "SINNER!" The fact that she was participating and showed interest was a miracle in and of itself, but that was honestly the best thing ever. I died so hard. XD She's my kind of kid.
On Sunday (6th May 2018) we had a great church meeting. I just felt very happy and cal, and I enjoyed listening to the testimonies and reading the scriptures. I have a weird mattress, so my back has been hurting me these past few days, so I bent over to text the key indicators in, write a few things in my agenda, and then read Alma 5 (if you're feeling good about yourself, don't read that chapter. It planches you. That's why it's my favorite, because I need some planching done.) Our zone leader asked my about my aerobics after the meeting. XD But, I got him back because he was falling asleep during it, so when he leaned his head up against the wall, he turned off the lights, drawing all the attention to him and giving away the fact that he was falling asleep. So, I happily replied, "Ah, and what was up with you turning off the lights then?" He didn't mention it again. XD The food was seriously great, and the sister is a doll. :) And then, we went to appointments that didn't end up being there, and then we went home to make some goals for this next transfer. We're super excited, because a lot of things are happening! Woohoo! Second to last transfer and it's gonna be awesome. :)
I love you all! And I'll talk to you next week! :D
Hermana Húber :)
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