Since I didn't get to write last week I'll update you on some things! On Sunday the 21st we had a family and two other investigators at church! WOOHOO I WAS SO HAPPY. Half of our gospel doctrine class was previous investigators, current investigators or future investigators - I was so proud!! When people come to church they progress so much because they are able to learn on their own and feel the spirit so strongly!
I learned a lot of new Spanish terms this week:
🕊 One of our investigators has a paloma (dove) but it is a special kind I have never seen before! He almost looks like a white parrot because he has so many feathers. But it's name is Pichililo - I love the name so much! It almost sounds Polynesian. I asked if it had a meaning and she just said that she used to live in a Ranch town and that was the name of the crazy man of the town. He would drive around in circles and since her bird walks around in circles she gave him that name haha.
📟 "Pi -x- radio al cuadrado" is "The Square of Pi" in Spanish.
🤔"Rompe Cabezas" is "Puzzles" in Spanish - basically it's saying they rack your brain.
🐜🐜🐜 "Gorgojo Chinos" are "Chinese Beetles" - and I found out the they eat them! Alive! I guess when you eat them, they dissolve when they reach your stomach acid and release an enzyme that helps regulate your digestion. You have to eat them consecutively for 75 days adding one for each day, and then once you reach 75 you go back down again, eating one less a day....I just read a story in Numbers about how Moses sent 12 spies to the "land flowing of milk and honey" and 10 of them returned giving a report about how there were giants in the land, the scripture goes something like this:
"And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."
There's a talk by Hank Smith who teaches in the Religious Education Department for BYU and he talks about this story in Numbers and how the conversation probably went like this:
12 Spies: "MOSES, WE SAW GIANTS IN THE LAND. AND WE.......ARE GRASSHOPPERS."
Moses: "What are you talking about?"
12 Spies: MOSES THERE'S GIANTS. AND WE ARE LITTLE GRASSHOPPERS."
Moses: "Wait, what?"
12 Spies: "MOSES WE'RE GRASSHOPPERS, THEY'RE GONNA DIP US IN CHOCOLATE AND EAT US AS A PRIMARY SNACK."
Entonces, we got three new investigators this week! woohoo!
So many miracles and tender mercies have happened this week! We have been teaching Nancy for some time and she is a single mom with three kids. It's so hard for her to support them but we found out that her previous boyfriend will be returning to live with her. We've taught about how important it is to be a family and the blessings that we receive as we live the Gospel of Jesus Christ! He is living in Mexico right now and to be baptized they will have to be married. THE CRAZY PART IS: We found out he has also been taking missionary lessons in Mexico for two weeks AND going to church! I just want to find those missionaries in Mexico and hug them to death! This family has been so prepared for us to teach!
Yesterday was MISSIONARY MONDAY! The temple is reserved specially for all the missionaries, so the entire mission attends in one day. It was an incredible, incredible experience. This is the first time I was able to attend the temple as a missionary and I learned SO MUCH! We had a devotional from the mission president and temple presidency as well. I love this day, being able to focus on the temple and not the world. As a missionary, we have the opportunity of a lifetime to feel and special spirit of being the Lord's consecrated disciples. This is the report I wrote to President Miller:
What an amazing uplifting experience I had at the temple this Monday! I have never been more grateful to be a missionary than I have being at the temple. Last transfer I received a training on the idea that we have investigators, and we want them to be our progressing investigators. But we're God's investigators, so the questions falls as to whether we are progressing missionaries? I pondered on this thought very much as we went through the temple yesterday and realized that we are undoubtedly his investigators. As with Adam and Eve, angels return and report on our labors everyday. They pray for us, they send the Holy Ghost to teach us, they think of commitments tailored to our needs and they think of every possible way to help us progress in this work.
The Lord also provided me with huge tender mercies!! I SAW SISTER LIBBEY!! We went to school together at BYUH and we have been serving in the same mission for 3 months but we have not been able to see each other. In the temple I was surprised to see her as we went inside! She goes home at the end of this transfer - it was so so sweet to see her! I saw all of the people I wanted to see; God fulfills dreams!! I didn't get a picture with her but I will send some she took yestersday.
Well, today it's raining, so it's a good day! Clean air and wet pavement is the best smell in the world. As Easter approaches we have more time to reflect on the Savior and his Resurrection. Spring is a wonderful time of birth and re-birth! I invite you to check out the "He Lives" initiative on Mormon.org about Easter and the Savior. I love you all - see you next week!