Okay errybody where do i start?
well first this has been the quickest and craziest week so far.. i cant believe im outta here next tuesday. I am so ready and i also am SO scared. i know the Lord will bless me though.
Okay first off... i made two sisters in me distrito cry this week... not my fault though! haha first was i quoted Kenzie when she got here wisdom teeth out and the Asian mowing the lawn thing, and one sister got really offended.. the next was we were all telling each other what animal we think they look like and i told a sister she looks like a snake.. not my best words. I apologized to both of them and i learned my lesson. i also learned that sisters are a lot more emotional than the elders and that it doesnt take much to put them over edge.
I feel like i am growing emotionally spiritually and physically stronger everyday. i also fell the adversary over my shoulder, whispering into my ear every second i get a chance to breathe. but my faith is strong and im pushing on despite the fact this is the hardest thing ever!
Last pday we went out into the city again and hit up Walmart and the food court at the mall. a lot of us, including me, forgot to ask for no ice because it is city water and not pure, and a lot of people were sick this week. including half my distrito, and we were dubbed Distrito enfermo (district sick). We elders had the opportunity to use our priesthood authority and give some blessing and the spirit is so strong, i love it.
Here is my spiritual experience this week.
We do this thing here called (misionero a misionero) and we act as investigators and teach another missionary one on one. The elder i teach everday is Elder Overy and he is playing his older cousin who chose to be excommunicated. It is so great because it is SO REAL. when i feel the spirit during general conference or an amazing talk, i get the goosebumps. it is usually when Elder Holland speaks or something like that, and it doesnt happen often. I was teaching elder overy about the atonement, and he asked (how can i be forgiven of my sisns if i dont feel bad about them?) The Spirit took over and i bore my testimony and testified of the gospel. i gave myself the goosebumps, and i have never done that. it was surreal and the the Holy Ghost is more real than i ever thought. I found these couple scriptures that talk about the spirit with missionaries.
Alma 17:3, D&C 84:85, and D&C 100:5-8. I honestly cant put into words how strong the spirit was, and how real my experience was.
Yesterday we went street contacting. like real people.... i was a little nervous to do it, but i was confident. i probably shouldnt have been so confident... haha the first guy me and Elder Tingey talked to was hardcore Catolico and vented on us for 5 minutes about how the catholic church is the more true because it has been around the longest. it was a good experience and he was super nice to us, but not interested at all. BTW i didnt understand all he said, im assuming a lot of things. The second guy we talked to at the bus station was a Jehovahs Witness.. need i say more? He kept asking us, (what is the name of God?) uhhhhhhhhhhh we didnt really know what he meant, but after i asked my teacher and he said that the JW was trying to get us to say Jehovah. The last guy we talked to was a member, and showed us his garmets... haha. My spanish is not near as good as i thought it was, but i still am ready for the field. i know that God wont let my inadequecy keep the spirit for touching someone and a quote from Elder Richard Scott (Our Father in Heaven did not put us on this earth to fail.) I wholeheartedly believe that.
If someone could email me and experience about tithing that would be nice, i dont have much to share when i talk about the subject. Also mom and dad you all should read and discuss D&C 88:119 together as a family.
This is my last email for TWO WEEKS... we dont get to email next week because we will be on a bus to our mission field. thank you for all you emails and support throughout the ccm... it hasnt been easy but i have learned so much and grown so much and i am so excited to go and serve the people of Guatemala. Those who emailed me this week probably wont get one back, because i dont have much time, but thank you and i love you all.
I want to bear my testimonio in español because this is my last chance while in the CCM;
Tengo un testimonio de la iglesia de Jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias. Yo se que esta iglesia es verdadera con mi toda corazon. yo se que jose smith fue un profeta de Dios, y que por medio jose smith tenemos el libro de mormon, y el sacerdocio de Dios. soy un misionero y representante de Jesucristo y porque de que, tengo el espiritu santo conmingo siempre. testifico que Dios bendice me, ustedes, y todas personas en el mundo. en el nombre de Jesucristo. Amen.
It was really short, and i know a lot more spanish than that. Love you all, and thank you for everything you do. Stay close to the Gospel, and my favorite line lately, (God will send us to heaven if we send Satan straight to hell.)
Love Elder Walton