Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ready Now For Marriage!

Well this has been another interesting week, not like I thought it would be…Monday after the Doctor’s appointment that I had to stop writing for (sorry, I wanted to continue writing), but he got the staples removed, then we returned to our area! Home Sweet Home!!! The next day I was feeling anxious and pressure to start working because he was walking around the house and almost normal. But all that left when we walked to our Comedor’s house here in the same gated community. It’s not that far, and his legs were supper wobbly and weak and he was super tired. So that is when I took a step back and realized that he needs to rest (obviously, he just had surgery!). So I calmed down and we’ve had a great time this week. The missionaries from the other area came and helped us out with some errands (grocery shopping and dirty clothes) then I went with Elder Crathy (he is new only has 1 month in the mission) and worked in his area (San Jose Pinula) it felt great to get out and work. The next couple of days I did divisions with the ward members and we got out and worked a little, but it’s hard because of their schedule. So I have had a lot of studying time and we borrowed Monopoly from some members. We've played that game 5 times now with me winning every time. I’m basically a pro at that game. Also, I have had some great time for studying the scriptures. Two scriptures I really liked (right now I am in 2 Nephi) (in Spanish it is Nefi) is in 2 Nephi 1:21 when Lehi is giving some of his last words to his sons, he cared and loved his family so much which I imagine is how the majority of parents are. Just full of this love, you can really see how much it hurt him the rebellious nature of Laman and Lemuel. In this verse he is almost pleading with them on his death bed (3 chapters later he dies) saying so that he can die in peace. “That my heart might leave this world with gladness because of you.” I love this line it is what impacted me the most. “Arise from the dust my sons and be men.” I don’t know why but I really like that, it impacted me, and then in verse 23 he tells us how. “Awake my sons; put on the armor of righteousness.” And then I went to study the armor of righteousness in Ephesians 6: 11-17 and President Lee explained what each piece of armor is. I love reading the Book of Mormon, it makes me so happy! There is a spirit that comes from reading it. If you aren't reading it, read it! If you are reading it, continue reading it! It is never too late to start! Read it, I promise you feel something different as you start a real study of that book. We should read it every day. I am so grateful to Uncle Jay for getting me into the habit. It doesn't matter the cantidad (quantity), but the quality of your study. (I don’t know if that makes sense I translated that from Spanish, but you get the idea) but you just read a little, you don’t need to read the whole book each day to receive the spiritual strength needed daily. So with the new age limit change we are seeing so many differences of changes that are going to take effect. As of right now we are increasing by 60 missionaries. That’s in the long run, but short term by February we will have increased like 30 and that number will continue rising as missionaries get assigned here. In these next couple changes 24 new areas will be created. Which is unprecedented or unheard of! We are definitely seeing history take place right now. It is amazing to be a part of this all! A really cool experience we had this week was a reference we received from a member in the mission central. I went with another missionary, a good friend, Elder Hollingsworth, and they are such an awesome family. They really love the idea of family home evening. (Noche de Hogar). So we are planning one with them, with them everything is based on the families because they are so family oriented. They also have so much talent! They have some paintings and drawings that are breath taking! We gave them “The family proclamations” and told them to read it together! We are expecting great things from them. I love how family oriented this Gospel is! It’s all about families. I love my family!!! I love you guys. So Sunday my comp bore his testimony in church it was really heartfelt, and sincere. He is a good guy. He thanked me for all I’m doing for him and just a big stud!! I hadn't realized how big of an impact I had made on him. He is super homesick and has wanted to go home, basically ever since he got here. He doesn't want to work or follow the rules. So I've been trying to help him see the blessings of the mission and why we have to be obedient and that the mission can be fun while still working. Mainly just by being his friend and making him laugh, we are always laughing, he is such a giant teddy bear. I love him! We are always having a good time. I hope it is helping him. I think it is based on his testimony. Well after I got up and bore my testimony by saying that my comp is still drugged up. Based on what he is saying. Then talked about how we receive so many blessings out here, but even more our families (there are 4 future missionaries that leave in the next 2 months). Then I said what Dad told me…once how he wants me to stay out here for all the blessings he is receiving…everyone laughed! Oh so do you believe in Karma? Because what went around is now coming back around! Let me explain…So I used to always scare Dad and would die of laughter. Well now Elder Mejia is always sneaking up on me and scaring me super bad! Dad would tell me it hurts him but I still would do it. I say the exact same thing to him but he still does it!! Also he plays pranks on me like switching my drink with a different bottle (same design) but filled with water. I’M SMARTER THAN THIS!!! I don’t know what is happening but I’m going to step it up and not let him get me again. So all this down time is preparing me to be married because I cook for him every meal, wash the dishes and run whatever small errand in the house, for his water or back, just whatever he needs. One night I came home from working with the members and I was dead tired (I've gotten used to being in the house) but I still had to make him dinner so I imagined it will be like that when I am married coming home from work dead tired but there are still tons of things to be done at home (wife, kids, clean or cook)…so basically I am now ready for that!
Alright family, I love you all so much. Thank you so much for all your love, support and prayers. They are truly appreciated and felt! I am so grateful for this Gospel and for the opportunity I have to serve the Lord! I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by! Only 5 more changes! And they are flying by. (FYI changes are on the 13th) it is scarring me how fast time is going! But I’m gonna finish and focus on my mission! I still have a ton of damage to do here in the devils plan and even more with the surge of missionaries coming out! I love you all and until next time! Elder Call

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