Hola mi familia!
This week has been pretty amazing. Not going to lie. Again, thank you everyone for all of the letters and support.
Ok...So the task was in ALL SPANISH this week. I think it went really well to be honest. I knew how to say a lot more than I thought I was going to be able to. Luckily our investigator didn't ask to many questions though, because I only know how to say so many things haha. Next week, I know it will be a lot better and a lot smoother. So, i will be continuing to work on it.
So last week I talked about how trading ties was the newest cool thing to do on our floor. Well I landed myself a new UGLY tie. Nice and bronzish/Gold, super thick/wide, with a paisley and part mechanical design on it. Part of me likes it though so IDK if it totally counts. You will see pictures next week, so you will have to be the judge on how ugly it really is...Half the people tend to hate it, and half the people tend to love it so we'll see what you think.
As far as the progressive investigator goes there is not anything to report. He ditched our last appointment again and We haven't contacted him since. I truly am convinced that He as a teacher just forgets....at least I hope so. But Elder Jacobs and I continue to practice teaching lessons everyday nonetheless.
So, so far this week probably sounds average at best...but that's because I haven't told you the best part yet. On Tuesday the bleachers were ready for use for the devotional so we no longer had to sit in the overflow. We got to watch in live in the gym with most of the other 2200 missionaries in the MTC. There were rumors all day that they finished it a little earlier because an apostle was going to be speaking...I just kept thinking to myself, What if its Elder Holland (easily my favorite and most powerful speaker). We got in line early after dinner and got reallllllly good seats, middle left about 20 yards from the stage. While we were singing the hymns that start about 20 mins before, one of the counselors stood up and reminded us that if an apostle comes we are supposed to stand when he comes in. About 5 mins later the doors open and there he was.....ELDER HOLLAND. Elder Anderson later described me as "a fat kid in a candy store." I was so excited. His talk did not disappoint at all. He is so great, so powerful. My favorite part was at the end, and he's said this in other talks, but I still love it. "Why isn't this easy? Because Salvation never was a cheap experience." He went on to explain how if we are trying to be like Christ in our life, how can we ever expect to not have a taste of the hardship that he went through. He then said "Salvation ALWAYS goes through Gethsamane". Powerful. It's going to be hard, but we have to accept the challenge in our lives.
Wow, I can't believe it's been 5 weeks. about 3 and a half weeks and I should be leaving. Elder Smith said he is 90% sure that he got his Visa for Chihuahua Mexico, he and his district are going to the travel office today. So there is definitely hope that it is clearing up. The craziest part is that we are now the second oldest district in the Zone!! What in the world??
This week for personal study I have been reading a lot of Jesus the Christ. I'm on page 110 now. The book is incredible. So in depth, detailed and spiritual. I am learning a lot from it. Also we got this awesome quote from Henry B. Eyring shrunk and laminated to fit in our pockets. One of the best quotes I have ever heard. I have an extra one I'm sending to Mitchel, because I think He'll definitely like it for his mission. It's pretty long so I can't quote the whole thing but ask Mitchel to see it next time you see him.
"I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed...I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up for the cause of Christ. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, preach all i know and work until He stop me"
So, as usual I'm running out of time, so ....
Hoy, Me gustaría compartir mi testimonio sobre la obra de misionarios.
Sé que esta obra es la obra de Dios y Soy llamado de Dios.
Sé que esta obra es el mejor y es muy importante para la salvación de los hijos de Dios.
Yo estoy amando la obra de misionarios, especialmente en Español.
Les amo muchisimo, con todo mi corazón.
Digo estas cosas en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amén
Y este es mi gozo (and this is my joy)