December 03, 2014

Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Week 25)

a sweet woman in our ward made these headbands for us

....currently jamming to Maroon 5 and Eye of the Tiger here in the mall #realworld....

Well we are officially in December.....aka Christmas lights, lots of good food, cold temps, christmas music, andddddd SKYPING THE FAM IN 25 DAYS!!!!  I'm just a bit excited...  I miss you all so much!  and although it is sad that I won't be celebrating christmas this year with Grammy's ginger snap cookies, jamming to Amy Grant Christmas, or watching Elf, I know I will have a wonderful Christmas with my new friends and family here.  Hermana Mendoza and I bought a giant paper christmas tree that is taped to our wall....for 15 pesos which is a little more than a dollar haha..... and we are going to get more christmas decorations today!  I also was very sad not to have celebrated Thanksgiving this week....I pictured all of you enjoying turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpking pie...and all of my family on the beach in hawaii......!!
Our new apartment is much better than our other!  Muchhhh warmer, much safer, and much quieter without the nightly karaoke sessions next door.  The owner of the apartment is so sweet and always comes by asking if she can cook something for us.  
Now that we are in Christmas season, us as missionaries are visiting all the members and sharing a new video that has put out.....NAVIDAD.MORMON.ORG(in english i think it is haha) but I reallyyyy encourage you all to watch it!! It is only about 3 minutes, and it is a beautiful message about the purpose of Christmas:  The birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  I encourage all of you to share it on your facebook pages!  Le prometo que va a tocar muchos corazones con este mensaje y va a recordar el Salvador en su hogar durante este tiempo de Navidad.
 One of my best friends here....Yuli Sanchez...and Hermana Mendoza and I are casually wearing the same outfit..

So lots of people here ask us....."so don't you missionaries have teachers and a study course that you have to complete before your mission?  Do you have teachers with you here in Monterrey?" Every time someone asks us this, it feels so great to tell them NO!   We don't have teachers, we don't have study courses.... everything everything everything we learn as missionaries comes through our personal scripture study and the holy ghost.  Seriously!  Every meeting we have is taught by other missionaries.....we don't have any instructors telling us how to teach.  Everything comes from the examples in the scriptures and the experiences of other fellow missionaries.  It's also amazing to recognize that every single answer we need to know about this life comes from the scriptures....not from man.  Lots of people ask us"well, why does this happen in my church?" "well my pastor told me this" "why are there so many doctrines?" and every time we answer these questions we say.....Lea las escrituras!! read the scriptures!  read the Bible and everything is so clear as to how the true church of Jesus Christ should be run.  I am so grateful for this time that I have to really find out for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really is true, and every one can know this for themself if they dedicate time to read the scriptures.  

"neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Ghost, which God bestows upon those who love him, and purify themselves before him" DyC 76:116

Here in Monterrey we are really focusing on Famiy History work.....learning about our ancestors, who they were, where they lived, etc.  It really is so amazing that family history work is such a huge part of our church because we can learn so much about our family history background and the interesting facts of our ancestors.  We are encouraging everyone to use to insert all the facts they know about themselves and their family members....I invite you all to record stories, memories, and facts about your loved ones so that these memories won't be lost!  

Yesterday the elders in my ward had a baptism.....Blanca and Humberto Morales....and their son, Cesar, got baptized 2 months ago in our ward.  It was so amazing to see them get baptized because I remember when their son was coming to church, they didn't want any part of it.  The Father was very hard hearted about reading the book of mormon, but they both really have experienced such great changes of heart.  Us 4 missionaries sang the hymn "Grand Eres Tu"/ "How Great thou Art" and it was so beautiful!!  They both were tearing up.  Their son had the chance to baptize them both, and it really was such a beautiful experience.  I know that when we are baptized we recieve a full cleanse of all our sins, and we are entering the gateway to return to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again.  Yo realmente puedo testificar que esta ordenanza es verdadera y que es necesario para entrar en el reino de Dios.  

classic selfy with our ward mission leader

After the Baptism we went to Blanca and Humberto's home for lunch and had amazing tamales and tacos de trompo......tacos de trompo have a red meat like this picture below.... 

So Elder Melara and Elder Burnett are is photo of them "trying" to be us hermanas hahaha

Well, I am doing great and miss all of you!  Love you guys and so appreciate your packages, letters, emails, and thoughts! 

"Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature.  THere seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all.  Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required" Pres Thomas S. Monson

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