Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dear family and friends,

First off, some random deets:
1. I used an umbrella for the first time. Everyone said that I looked like Mary Poppins aka Julie Andrews so my mission has been a success.

2. Also, remember that scene on the Other Side of Heaven where he sleeps with his feet out of the sheets and the rats ate his feet? Well that happens here with mosquitos. Any exposed body part gets devoured. And even then they have mutant beaks which allow them to penetrate any kind of fabric. YOU´RE NEVER SAFE

3. For our service activity this week, the workers came and started leading us and directing us where to go. We started following and they led us straight to the... (insert psycho screaming noise) CAFETERIA (insert blood-curlding scream). I was facing my entirely rational fear of ever re-entering an MTC kitchen. But then we just cleaned the walls so it ended well. Except for the fact that I accidentally told the elders in my district about the cereal challenge and now they're determined to do it. I'm a disgrace to MTC cafeteria workers everywhere. #christopherpeterson #meghanschiers #meghanwhateveryournewlastnameis

4. This week Hermana Card and I were called to be Sister Trainers! They´re like the girl zone leaders and basically we´re just in charge of all the hermanas in our zone. So we thought that we must be doing something right. UNTIL we lost 5 of our hermanas at the temple today. From that I learned two things: 1) Obedience brings blessings and 2) Mexicans mean what they say. "Don't go to the tienda. If you´re not back by 12:40 WE WILL LEAVE YOU". Sooo... when we got on the bus and our girls weren´t there on time, he said "oh well. they´ll have to get a taxi". Then, as Hermana Card and I are panicking, we see them sprinting out from the tienda. Bus driver wouldn't stop. "Shoulda been here on time". And then our girls were left to fend for themselves in the big city of Mexico DF.

5. Two of our "investigators" committed to baptism this week! Lugo loves object lessons so we read Alma 32 with him and busted out a seed and let him "nourish" (dump water) on it whenever he listed something that would help his faith to grow. Then at the end we busted out an apple and said "This can be you! You can grow into this delicious fruit! But we all have to start as a seed and constantly be nourished" He was SO excited! Then I busted it out: "¿Seguirá el ejemplo de Jesucristo y será bautizado?" CHA CHING Then there´s Renato who knows he needs to be baptized but he hasn´t learned how to receive answers to his prayers yet. Next lesson: personal revelation from our loving Heavenly Father.

Hay tres milagros esta semana:

1. My testimony of faith skyrocketed. We were doing a practice exercise where we had to answer someone´s question. Our question came from a lady who had a 10 year old son with cancer "Why would God do this to me?" I searched and serached the scriptures but couldn´t find anything to help her (The part where in Alma where God tells Alma and Amulek to let the righteous burn in order to bring judgement upon the wicked wasn't going to cut it). Our group of 5 missionaries had no idea how to answer. Then Hermana young came over and started asking really hard questions "Why? Why? Why?" It really shocked me that I didn´t know the answer. Then with the next thing she said, the Spirit punched me in the face. Yeah, it can do that. "Faith. God gives us trials so that we can learn to have faith in Him. Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement is everything". Then I started bawling. That NEVER happens. It was then I realized how important faith is. If we can have faith in Christ we can have everything. And that to me is a miracle.

2. Miracle number 2: during that same exercise Hermana Card's group was answering Elder Ramirez's question: "What happened to my mom after she died in a car accident 2 years ago?". Hermana Card answered with her testimony that his mom is still living and that she is very proud of him and that she loves him. Elder Ramirez started tearing up. Then as Hermana Hart said the closing prayer, Hermana Card could feel someone giving her a hug saying "Thank you for telling that to my son. He needs to know that his dad is proud of him". Then she realized that the scenario was real and that it was Elder Ramirez's dad. He ran from the room crying. He later told us that this was the reason he finally made a concrete decision to stay on his mission and every since he has been such a powerful district leader. #CHURCHISTRUE

3. Hermano Hardy sat us down and talked with us as a district. He said that there are lots of things we can improve on and he shared a story with us about Wilford Woodruff while he was on his mission. One night he was at a tavern and the whole town had come to hear him preach and mock him. But as he prayed he said "God, whatever you tell me to say, I will say". Then the lives and transgressions of everyone in the room flashed before his eyes and he knew everything about them. They didn't see Wilford Woodruff that night, they saw Christ. Having the spirit with you changes your physical countenance and people can see that. We have to be representatives of Christ and have the Spirit with us so that we can invite people to come unto Christ by hearing His message that we have to share. Ever since that talk, our district has been so much stronger and the goofy elders have started studying! That is a miracle. Look up that story about Wilford Woodruff though. It's great. #gogramps

Spiritual thought of the week comes from Matthew when Peter walks on water. He had faith to walk in the beginning, but when the wind and waves became boisterous, he became afraid and began to sink. But as soon as he called out for the Lord, Christ IMMEDIATELY reached out and pulled him out of the water. Same in our lives guys. We may stumble and fall, but Christ is always there to help us back up if we come unto Him. Alone we are nothing, but if we have faith in Christ we can do anything. FAITH IN CHRIST AND HIS ATONEMENT IS EVERYTHING!


Hurrah for Israel!

Choose celestial!

Hermana Hall


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