February 19, 2018


Tierra Nueva Ward


Elder Ortega

caridad - tierra nueva


Well this week was a good one! The only downer was that as we got better in health; everyone in our area started to get sick! This made visits a little difficult.

Juan Hernandez got sick and was unable to go to church but he is still preparing for his baptism in a week!

This last Saturday one of the councilors in the ward called me and asked me to speak. Why he called the only non-Spanish speaker in our house of 4 elders to speak I haven’t the slightest clue. Why he waited until Saturday to ask me well tampoco (Editor – tampoco means ‘neither’ I’m guessing it is used here as short hand/slang? – ‘he doesn’t know why they waited until Saturday night to ask him to speak’) but I was able to talk about caridad (charity) which I love to talk to the members about.

I was able to share the story of Jesus with Lazarus, probably one of my favorite stories. I shared this story for a few reasons, for me this was a grand example of love deeper and nobler than just affection. Jesus knew he had the power to raise Lazarus from the dead, he knew he would. However, he still wept, he wept with those who were weeping, mourned with those who mourned he took into consideration the feelings for Martha and Mary and comforted them. The people who were present could see how much love he had for them they said "mirad como le amaba” this is the love we should all seek after.

Other news in the area ... it rained ... a lot. I thought this was a desert but it’s all good I’m not complaining. It was just a little difficult to work. The water was like a river in the streets. Let me just tell you Mexican drivers do not care if people are walking and they get them wet. Fun stories, bad experiences.

We hope to go to the temple this week so I'll hopefully have some nice pics for next week.

cuidese todos!

-E. Reynolds


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