November 12, 2014

The Weather Just Can't Decide (Week 22)

Thank yous to Grammy B and Sister Katie Barrus for your letters!  Well....the weather just can´t decide if it is spring, summer, fall, or winter....I feel like I´m back in Utah but without the beautiful snowy mountains.  We had a few cold days here this week...and it was FREEZING!  It´s a wet, humid, cold here and they say it is going to get a lot colder haha gah!  We look pretty ridiculous in our apartment during our morning studies hahah we have big blankets over our head as we hover over our scriptures...but luckily La Familia Garcia lives around the corner, Patricio and Dana who are my recent converts, and their mom comes by and brings us treats and blankets! 

Hermana Alma of our ¨missionary moms¨ here....makes the best tortillas de harina...flour tortillas...and one day before lunch I got the chance to help her.  I have a whole new respect for tortilla makers...the job appears to be a lot easier than it actually is!

Every monday night we have an activity in the stake center with ward members and investigadores.  Us and the elders switch on and off teaching mini lessons and an activity.  This week hermana mendoza and I taught about the importance of reading scriptures. and SHOUT OUT TO MAMA RICHES we used the twister game you sent me as a giant board game hahaha we played a ¨scriptures¨ version of ¨chutes and ladders¨.....

we came up with questions from the bible, book of mormon, doctrine and covenants, and the pearl of great price, and split everyone up into 2 teams...everyone got really into it and ended up being pretty competitive haha!  The culture here is so blunt and carefree and isn´t afraid to mess with other people hahah so it was pretty entertaining to watch...

Yo tengo un testimonio muy fuerte que cuando leamos las escrituras, encontraremos las respuestas y la guía para obtener la vida eterna.

"all scripture is given by inspiration of god, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"  2 timothy 3:16

"wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand.  For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works"  Jacob 4:10

The theme obedience is always a focus here in the Mish....not only for us as missionaries but also for our investigators.  We have rules and commandments in this life for a reason....a quote that is used a lot here in the Mish is "obedience brings blessings.  Obedience with exactness brings miracles."  and it is true.  We see miracles not only for our spiritual well  being but temporally as well.  If you want answers to prayers or more blessings in your life, you have to show Heavenly Father that you are willing to do whatever He asks.

"I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say;  But when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise"

So in this life, there are times when people make us frustrated, right?  There are times when people hurt us, when we feel we have been wronged, and it's easy to just have a giant grudge and not move on.  But an important lesson that Jesus taught here on Earth was the need to Forgive Others.  If we expect Heavenly Father to forgive us for our own sins, we need to show mercy and to love our "enemies" Christ was suffering on the cross, he pled to Heavenly Father saying "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do".  This is the ultimate example of humility that we need to follow when loved ones hurt us.  and as we do so, a burden of hard feelings will be lifted from our hearts.  we are currently working with a less active in our ward who has lots of anger for certain church members who have "wronged her"...and won't go to church because of it.  People are imperfect, we all make mistakes, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect and has no mistakes.

"for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you;  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses"  Matthew 6:14-15

Last monda as a zone we had a "tortilla war" hahah basically dodgeball with was pretty entertaining.

Well I am doing great here and the spanish is awesome!  The mission is the most stressful thing I have ever had to do, but at the same time so much joy and easiness!  

until next week!

c o n  a m o r
Hermana Riches

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