Hey everyone! Just wanted to wish happy birthday to Emily and Braedon! Hope you guys had some great birthdays and got everything you wanted! Love you guys! So yep Candelaria is over, but now we’re to Carnival… which I shall explain shortly, but let’s just say… I love carnival! Bringing that holiday home! But yeah Candelaria is over, but there are still drunks all over, so I don’t know when that part will end but yeah ha-ha.
So as I told you guys last week, we went to the beach. And it was AWESOME! I helped make the most, epic, sand castle! It even had a field inside! I’ll send pictures… sometime… But anyways! We were there all day and I loved it! I climbed on top of this huge rock thing and I could see water, everywhere! So beautiful! The next day we went and visited a less active member, but he’s part of my spiritual message, so hold on. Wednesday, two girls (one in my ward and the other in my stake) are preparing to serve missions and they came out with us! They were so cute and we all had so much fun helping them to prepare and just showing them stuff to do in lessons! Loved it! I wish I had done that before the mission! Friday we had interviews with the President, and all the members in my ward told me to pay careful attention to how it went, because what is said can depend on whether I stay or go, and so far they’ve all decided I’ve got one more change here ha-ha so we’ll see how accurate they are, but that would be nice. Sunday, my replacement piano player came to church! His dad has been coming, but him? No. But he came this Sunday and he played beautifully! I felt a little sad, because I felt like I had just prepared myself to leave, but at the same time, he came to church, which is probably more important! But that was basically my week, can’t think of anything out of the ordinary… OH! Carnival! So the first week of March is Carnival and I am prepared! It actually already started, but let me explain. So carnival is where they all gather, in MY sector, and they all attack each other with foa, eggs, four, water balloons, and they get EVERYONE!!! I am now a target, which is fine, but it’s hard to go to lessons looking like that ha-ha so we’ll see what happens, but my comp got attacked this week, by a car driving by, they sprayed her! She was pissed, but I thought it was pretty funny ha-ha, but we are all prepared, we got ponchos and everything. So… watch out children. You’re going to get it. But now to the spiritual thought!
First off I wanted to talk about a family in my ward (there shall be no names mentioned) and they are so cute! We went to visit them yesterday, but we found the wife crying and the husband comforting her, turns out a bottle of rubber cement exploding in her face and went in her eye. OUCH! But he just kept doing everything for her and he was just so in love with her, it was just so cute! My comp and I were just like “Yep… they are officially the cutest couple here”, but when we were talking to them, they were telling us how they had been fighting recently and how things were just hard, but… they still ALWAYS loved each other. Cute right? Just had to share that but here’s to my real spiritual thought. I’m going to talk about two different less active people that I have been visiting that have strengthened my testimony in two different ways. The first one is the one I visited this week. The Elders gave him a blessing this week, because he’s paralyzed. He was baptized, one of his friends took him to a different church and afterwards he started drinking again and a lot of other things happened and now he’s paralyzed, he can’t leave the house, so we found him using the ward directory. But as soon as we started talking to him, he told us that this was the true church and he’s trying his best every day, and he has every desire to learn more and understood that the blessing might not heal him, but that it was there to help him at this time. He is amazing! Now the next less active is a lady that served a mission. She was going to church a little over a year ago, but some stuff happened and she decided not to come back to church until next (this) April. Well we had tried to visit her for two weeks now and nothing. The other day we ran into her in the road and we asked her when we could visit her again and she said “No please don’t visit me, I’ve made my choice, I’m never coming back.” and then she told us about this crazy dream she had about the devil and hell and how before we found her, she was happy, but now she just felt like she shouldn’t go back. My comp and I told that she is a returned missionary, she knows the truth and she knows the condemnation that she would receive, and then my comp said “This will be the worst decision of your life.” and what did she respond with? “Yes I know that it will be, but it’s too late, I’ve made the choice, and I would rather suffer later than right now.” …What??? My first thought was I REFUSE to let that be me after the mission. Never will I ever turn back like that, EVER. And then I started comparing these two people, one who served a mission and turned back and one who was converted, fell away, and is coming back. All it takes is true conversion. It’s not the kind of trials we receive and they way we react towards them; it’s how much we are converted to this gospel. So my goal is to be truly converted, no matter what trials would come my way that I would never ever fall away. Like Job in the bible. He had so many trials, but he never faltered, he never fell away, but continued to trust in his God. And in the end he received double the blessings. So my message today is just stick it out, in the end you’ll be greater (spiritually and physically) than you were in the beginning. LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! Have great weeks all of you!