Date

December 2, 2019

Area

Ixhuatan, Oaxaca Mexico

Companion

Elder Kitiona

It’s Beautiful Here

I am currently serving in an area called Ixhuatan. It is in the state of Oaxaca and is absolutely beautiful! The town we live in is this nice little pueblo with amazing people and food! There is something so beautiful about seeing people that don't have much still being joyful and happy. Here it is all about family, and tortillas. It´s a blessing to be here in Ixhuatan to learn about the wonderful mexican culture. Every meal here will either have tortillas in it or on the side. Honestly no complaints here the tortillas are so good!

It´s my first real week in the field and what a week it has been! From riding in a taxi with drunk guys, to getting called Pan Bimbo (White Bread) on my first day its, been fun! My companion Elder Kitiona is a baller and we have lots of fun while working! There is lots to learn from him about getting to know people and letting them see that missionaries aren´t just machines with a scripted message. We are here because we have seen and know what the Gospel of Jesus Christ can to for families and Individuals. This message about how God loves us and wants all of his children to return to him living in a state of unending joy is a message that we hold dear.

This Sunday we had the chance to baptize in the ocean! Jose Daniel is who I had the privilege to baptize! He is a stud and it was really great being able to help him come closer to his savior through Baptism! It is the gate that opens to a path that leads to true joy!

The spanish language is beautiful and with time and the spirit learning it is possible. I came across a verse in the Book of Mormon that really stuck a personal chord with me about the ways in which the Lord brings to pass miracles. Its in the Book of Mormon Alma 37 it reads:
6 Now ye may suppose that this is afoolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by bsmall and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
7 And the Lord God doth work by ameans to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very bsmall means the Lord doth cconfound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
By small and simple acts of kindness can lives change!




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