Sunday, March 20, 2016
Traveling! March 15, 2016
Hello Everyone! I am sorry that I wasnt able to write yesterday it is the first time in 6 days that we have been in the area. We have been traveling throughout the whole coast this week doing splits with many missionaries in the zone. Ill quickly let you guys all know what happened in all the adventures from Oaxaca this week! And so at the start of the week we started out doing splits with Elder Maldanado and Elder Cook. I had the chance to have Elder Cook come and teach with me and it was hard because for the first time in a year here it rained and it rained hard! There were floods in some parts and it was hard to get to many places to teach. But we were able to help a new investegator Andres gain a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet. He told us that he had never heard anything that made more sense before in his life and about how the way that God works and that he was willing to keep on progressing and learning more. We were also able to find a new investegator named Eder, we taught him and helped him in the same areas and Sunday he came all by himself to church! It was a few of the small miracles that we were able to experience in our area. It has been so amazing to be able to teach because as me and Elder Valadez have tried to improve our teachings we have found many more ways to bring the spirit into the lessons and it is something that we have found a greater testimony in. It has helped so many people to start to have a true conversion unto the Lord and to help them realize that he always is wanting the best for us in any situation. On Friday we went to Puerto Escondido and had our Zone Conference with President Madsen. He was able to motivate us and help us to be more efficent missionaries. He stressed us in one area that brings true conversion and that is the story of the Restauration. If we know for a fact that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and through him all was restored, we will comprehend everything about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and never doubt anything in this gospel. It has helped me to strengthen my testimony as well that all of this happened and that nobody can take that away from me. And the only way we can find out is between us and Heavenly Father, not through the words of anyone. We need to ask when we have doubts, seek when we are questioning, and it will all, always be opened unto us. We were able to put that into practice as I went with the Puerto missionaries for the weekend. On Monday we had our zone activity and we went to the beach and played beach volleyball and the temptation was HUGE to go into the water because it was so hot but yet it was so fun! We ate pizza and ice cream and got to relax a little bit and in the end I was able to go do more splits with the Puerto Angel missionaries. I have learned so much and have realized just how lucky I am to be surrounded by amazing missionaries. But it feels good to finally be back home for the week. I hope that everyone has a fantastic week and I look forward to hearing from you all next week!