This week has flown by! My Spanish is improving so much while I am here and I love it! There have been many mix ups and to save our dignity these mix ups will remain nameless! They are extremely funny so I do have to share them though! One hermana, was teaching her investigator about how Christ healed the children, rather than saying healed, she said ate! Apparently Jesus eats children now...watch out! Another one was an hermana told an investigator that when they followed the prophets they would be sold rather than blessed...and of course my favorite, one hermana told her investigator that we believed in sexual relations only after one was tired. They meant to say married, but, yeah. We are all glad that we have made these mistakes while we were in the MTC. Yes, I say we because one of these mistakes was me and I will let you guess to see which one it is! My favorite phase that I have learned this week is "Puedo hacer lo" which means I can do it!
One thing that a couple of the missionaries in our district are doing is this thing called the 21 Day Challenge. Everyday we read selected passages from the Book of Mormon and pray specifically for those we wish to receive the gospel. At the end of the 21 days, the promise is that at least one person you pray for will be receptive to the gospel. I have a few people I am praying for and as I study the scriptures, I find things that can help them come to the gospel! I know that this gospel makes great lives even better! I want everyone that I know to be able to enjoy the blessings that this gospel has to offer people! The Lord has a huge hand in our life and as I have learned more about this gospel I have seen it more and more in my life! I have learned many things in only my first few days of this challenge like for one, the Lord will never give us a commandment unless he will prepare a way for us to accomplish the thing which he has commanded us. I have also learned that if we just start out with a mere hope that God is there listening to our prayers, trusting that there will be a response, we will receive so many blessings and our faith will start to grow. I have learned that the plan of salvation was specifically prepared from the beginning and we have all chosen to take part of this plan. and Lastly I have learned that when we pray in the name of Jesus Christ before everything we do, and keep a prayer in our hearts, we will be able to have the comfort of the Holy Ghost and know of the love our Savior has for us!
Teaching our investigator was a little rough this week. I let my companion take charge without really telling her, something I was asked to do from my branch president, and it was interesting. I realized how much I initiated things. We had very limited companion study which in turn led to a lesson that wasnt as great as it could have been...And then my companion was sick again this week so we missed a few of our appointments. What I loved most was the fact that I got to teach one of the newer missionaries. He was getting so frustrated with the language, and I was able to give him some advise and share some scriptures with him. I loved it because we both felt the spirit so strongly! After that he believed in himself a little more and knew that he had to be praying continually for help with the language.
Some scriptures to look up this week: Nahum (Old Test) 1:7, 1 Corinthians 13 with a focus on v. 2 and 13, 1 Nephi 17 with a focus on obedience and faith, Alma 7, v.11-13, Alma 13, v.27-29, Alma 22 focus on what we can learn from the king, DnC s.20, v.22-25, s.43, v.15-16
I am sorry those were typed so weirdly, the keyboard is a little different here and I dont really have time to search for the keys!
We have had some pretty amazing devotionals but one of the things that I liked the best was when a speaker talked about half blessings. Friends and Family, half blessings do not exist. You do what God asks or you don't there is no half way. I like that because it shows that we are always needing to be trying to improve ourselves and to be obedient to the Lord. I also love a quote that was shared by President Gordon B. Hinckley which says Be faithful, Be true, Be Loyal to that great cause we are a part of. And my favorite of all, is one simple question that the Savior asked. Do ye love me? I think if we love Christ, it won't matter what our friends or family think of us, if we have to change to become closer to the Lord, it won't matter. If we love Christ, we will want to become more like Him and knowing that He has done everything I know Him to have done for us makes me feel that through Christ we can do anything. We can change and find comfort in Him. We can overcome addictions and be together with our families for ALL ETERNITY through Him. Please ponder how the Savior has blessed your life this week, and think of how much you love the Savior, learn of Him, become more like Him. It can be a challenge but I know that through our Lord and Savior, we can do all things!
Okay, getting to the good stuff. The funny stories! This week I have been addicted to volleyball during gym time. It is really fun because it is with the elders but my shoulder is kind of sad right now. I have popped it out of place twice this week...ouch. But one day we were playing and Elder Barker just about took my head off!!!!!! He was in the back row and instead of bumping it like he was supposed to he karate-chopped it towards my head. Good thing I am super athletic and super fast...not. I didnt get hit! However, it was super close! Today we played volleyball with another district and I am quite please to say that I did not pop my shoulder out of place or get hit with the ball! I did get some groovy road rash though! We played in the sand which is a bazillion times better than on the gym floor! The elders in the other district we played with today also have a session of language study with us. One day during the study session, they were telling me this story about this little boy from the Czech Republic who lived in the mountains and rode his bike down the mountain to get a bag of chips. He noticed that there was a language that he didnt recognize on the bag and so he went around asking people. No one knew and so he was determined to come up with a program to help people learn languages so they would never have the same problem he did. The story sounds super fantastical right? Well, me being the totally trusting person I am, fell for it. As I listened to the story, all I could think about was why the boy would ride down the mountain for a bag of chips! I would have gotten a burrito or something, knowing that I would have to ride back up the mountain. Either way, they thought it was very funny and still havent stopped laughing at me for it! They are also really tall and so they like to run over me all the time. It is sometimes annoying but they get a good laugh out of my reaction so I guess it cant be that bad...One hermana in our casa has been hiding in our closets, bathrooms, and behind doors to scare us. She got Hermana Boud good today. She was hidden in her closet for like 20 minutes and Hermana Boud just about wet her pants she was so scared.
All in all, I am having a blast here at the CCM and I am so excited that I am going back to the states! 'Merica! My mom wrote me this week saying some of you would like to know what to send in care packages, so here goes. I love candy, but I dont love working out so if you do send candy please dont send it often! I love snickers, starbursts, skittles, and sour skittle the most! I love granola bars, chocolate chip and pb, and smores, and I love, love, love kool-aid. If Tanzy Kallas reads this, I love cookies too! Okay, lets be honest, I love food in general. I also love pictures and conference talks! I am pretty easy to please so seriously dont worry, anything that is sent to me will be treasured! Also, dont feel pressured to send anything!! I love you all and wish you the best week!