This week went so well until I opened up my email and realized that Josh will be leaving this week...what in the weird!! I know that he will be an amazing missionary and will be able to help so many people.
We had an awesome week this week, lots and lots of rain, but it was fine. We had zone conference on Thursday, and it was a little different than usual. President McMullin spoke about the dangers of pornography, and how, in a world where it is shown everywhere, we can protect our minds, spirits, testimonies, and companions.
He told us to close our eyes and make a video. We were like...what? But he had us think of the day when we will be sealed in the temple. He said, you need to plan every single detail, from the paint on the walls of the sealing room, to the chandelier. He told us that if we can make this our goal, if we can have this video playing constantly in our minds, we will not have a problem with the pornography, because we know what awaits us in the temple, on the day that we are sealed to someone for the eternities. We will be able to look away and not have that temptation, not even go near that line. It was a powerful reminder of what we can accomplish, and what needs to happen in order to get there. I am so grateful for the gospel and the knowledge that we have. It is so...so...dunno, so precious a gift.
This week we found a lady named Jessica, we did follow up on a street contact, and we were able to talk with her for a few minutes. She is a single mom with a 3 year old girl who has severe brain damage due to a leak in the bag that the baby was in while she was in the tummy(sorry, I don't remember what it is called in English). She is amazing and we are planning on helping her out a lot.
I am surprised how much I thought of home this week. Everyone asks me how much time I have, and when I say 11 months, they are like..AHHHH you are almost done, are you so excited and blahblahblah, and I have tried so incredibly hard to not think about it. Today my plaque fell off in the bus and I was freaking out. I felt so...off without it. I am trying so hard not to be trunky, because I know that I will regret it afterwards.
The popes visit was ridiculous. There are reruns still playing on most of the channels of all of the miracles he did...and how is it that he can heal people? I have been trying to think it through but I can't figure it out. There is the scripture that talks about how all of the people who said to Jesus that they had done miracles in his name but he didn't know them...no se.
I am doing fine, loving life, working hard. Sometimes I feel so inadequate that I let my faith down a little, but I am working on that. In Palma Loma I learned patience and humility, and I am here to learn about faith. It is so interesting how there is something specific to learn in every area. I cannot even express my love for these people. I love helping them, I love feeling the spirit with them, and I love them so much. I love being a missionary, and even though it is the hardest thing that I have ever done. It is so worth it, so incredibly worth it. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to come here and learn how to be a good servant of our Lord.
Also, Eduardo, from Palma Loma will be baptized this week!! Junior also will be baptized this week!!! Also, Vicente, was a reference from a member, has a date for the 1st of August, we will see how that goes!!
I love being here, I love the cool weather, and I hope that you all have a good week!
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