Another week another bunch of countless memories made! Dalton is really starting to feel normal or homelike to me and I think I'm really starting to love not only the people but the area as well! Always a good feeling, especially when you're living in an industrialized city in the middle of the South hahaha! Also the weather is starting to cool down real nicely!!! Feels like Cali right now. But anyways I want to start out my expressing how thankful I am for a living prophet on the Earth today and his fellow apostles and disciples. It's great to see as the world starts to change its values to a humongous negative degree, the Church with the Lord Jesus Christ at the helm, stands firm in what God wants for his children. It's almost scary to see what's been going on, and what's being accepted as morally correct and okay in God's eyes. But through the guidance of the Lord's leaders here on the Earth, we know what the true ways to eternal and endless happiness really is! Love ya Tommy Monson!!!
Lunes: Started off with a gorgeous hike called the Disney trail in the morning and I posted those pictures on last weeks blog! It is so green and endless here it's pretty awesome! And no it had nothing to do with anything Disney related :/. Still fun! Classic moment from today: we were sitting in the church making food and playing games and stuff and it started to DOWNPOUR rain!!! Like real southern style rain! It was nuts and we all dropped everything immediately and ran outside and jumped in puddles and slid on the grass....and then we realized we locked ourselves out and had no key...so yea 6 missionaries sitting outside a church in the pouring rain with no shoes on.... Hahahaha the Sisters ending up running to a nearby members house they knew and us Elders just hung out lol
Martes: so today I'll give you an update on my health haha! No I haven't gained any weight. Since I've left I lost 10-15 pounds but now I'm working out every day and gaining that back! The Mexico MTC destroyed me hahaha. And all we eat out here is Mexican Food which is el mejor! We got in with one of our investigators that has been struggling and she said she would come to conference!!!! Her name is Delmi and she has a daughter named Odalys. Also met and found many new investigators such as Fernando, Austin, and Metalina! Will write about them more later down the road. Oh and for our movie night planned for Oct 8 a member made some really nice invitations out of card stock for us so we are handing those out!
Miercoles: today was rough in all honesty, we worked our hardest, tried to find as many people as we could, even took out the 1sf counselor in the Bishopric with us and couldn't get in with anyone! But it was all good!!! We were sitting in a parking lot at 8:35 pm and had nothing going for us and we decided to pray and ask for guidance. Immediately afterwards we whipped out the area book map(electronic) and were impressed to go to this random potential! So we did, and he wasn't home,,,, but his Brother Danilo was!!! And he let instantly! Got to know him, shared the full Restoration of the Gospel with him, and hopefully we'll see where that takes off. We were so happy afterwards it was hard to describe! Great day
Jueves: So first off Happy Birthday to My Dad!!!!! Won't put the number up for his sake haha he's the greatest enjoyer of life I know! Great man and thanks for being such an amazing example to me!!! Not going to lie. Today was the first time I shed tears in a lesson. We were in with a recent convert who has been struggling with some things and as I bore my testimony of Jesus Christ and his Atonement there was no stopping it haha. I couldn't deny the spirit I was feeling, and my testimony of the Savior grew immensely after that. When we know something is true, and we know it can help someone that you know it just means that much more.
Viernes: one thing I learned in personal study today is that the Christ-like attribute of Hope is one of the main differences between a successful missionary and a lazy, unmotivated, unsuccessful one. Hope is what fortifies our faith in Jesus Christ in our lives. Hope is shown through positivity, long suffering, patience, enthusiasm, and work. Hope is what keeps people coming back to partake of the sacrament and attending meetings and keeping commitments. The definition of Hope in PMG is "believing that something can and will happen". Think about that and what we hope for on a hourly, daily, weekly, and eternal basis. Another MIRACLE happened again... 8:55 pm and we had to be in at 9 but and I pointed out one of the sketchiest houses I've seen since I've been here. Pitch dark out with one light bulb on with a creepy doll (like you see in movies) near the window. We knocked, a lady opened and received us with open arms! Her name was Araceli! She even knew the Bishop! Through this she came to Conference and we hope to see her again this coming week:) met her husband named Ezekiel too!
Sabado: first day of CONFERENCE!!!! Everyone is right! Conference on the mission is the best!!! Listened to it in English thankfully.... My favorite talk for the morning session was given by President Utchdorf! The Plan of Salvation and the Restored Gospel truly are the greatest blessings and knowledge any person could have. I'll just lost my favorites right here!
Saturday Morning: Utchdorf Afternoon: D. Todd Christofferson Priesthood: Holland Sunday Morning: Russell M. Nelson Afternoon: K Brett Nattress
Domingo: we had 5 investigators show up to conferences for the Sunday Afternoon sesh! Including a whole family!!! So awesome (Delmi's whole fam) and then Araceli and Ezekiel!!
One thing I'm most thankful for this week was the opportunity Sunday night at the bishops house to share my testimony of the Sustained Church leaders and their roles in helping us and how lucky we are to be apart of Jesus Christ's Restored TRUTH! Love this gospel!!! Have a good week! Thanks for the love and support throughout this time! I truly appreciate it! This work is awesome to say the least!