February 28, 2022
Trinadad, barrio Villa Corina
Holaaa! Hope you're all doing great! Right now I'm writing from quarantine... but not from Covid. In South America right now everyone is celebrating Carnaval! There's really an exciting vibe in the air! You already know me and my son got matching "Viva Carnaval" sombreros. The problem is that everyone here just gets drunk and throws balloons filled with "undesirable things." Sooo ya we're stuck inside for today and tomorrow. Don't worry though, we absolutely STACKED the fridges so we're chillin.
This week we had a service project as the Trinidad zone, and we did a moto wash. It was pretty fun not gonna lie. God decided to have some fun too and throw us some rain right when we were starting. Rain is not really what u want to do a car wash in a city of almost pure dirt roads! BUT it actually ended up going really well and was super fun! We also ordered tacos for a zone activity from this real Mexican. So authentic. And SO good!
Speaking of food we helped this less active family re-learn about repentance, and they now have a goal to be sealed in the temple by December! We did all this over a nice plate of cow heart. Not too bad. Not too good.
Yesterday in church we were asked last minute to give talks! Kinda funny thinking about my first talk I gave in Bolivia. With my whole talk written out, ran through Google translate, and proof read by my comp. I was really inspired by the process of missionary work. The way Jesus Christ showed us. Love, share, and invite. No one is a better example of love than our Savior. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." He loved ALL. He also taught that all commandments and law come from the two great commandments of love.
Sharing is vital if we want people to learn. Lehi pretty much summed it up by saying "how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth...the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah." We share by word and by example. In the scriptures we have the words of eternal life. The way we act shows others the way to live the principles of the gospel, and confirms that we believe the things that we say.
I don't know how many invitations there are in the scriptures, but it's a LOT! It feels like the phrase I've read most in spanish is "venid a mi." One of my favorite invitations is found in 3 nephi 11. When Christ first appears to the people here in the Americas, He invited ALL to "arise and come forth unto" Him to feel and gain testimony of His great sacrifice for each of them. They all accepted the invitation "going forth one by one until they had all gone forth... and did know of a surety and did bear record." Growing faith requires action. We invoke action in others by inviting! As members of Christ's church we invite to church, to activities. We invite to read, to pray, to share and to learn. We invite to come and see!
There is power in loving, sharing, and inviting others!! I challenge y'all to ponder on small and simple ways that you can better love, share, and invite :)
Que tengan un día bendecido!