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Monday, October 19, 2015

#16: 100 Days Out Serving

This last week was pretty busy, and surprisingly-time went by pretty fast.  Tuesday morning we had a Capacitation with Presidente Chavez in Cuauhtémoc that was really awesome!  He taught us about lineage and how descendants of Joseph, which are (for the most part) people in Mexico, will receive the restored gospel from the Gentiles.  this really was interesting to me because we can see this work going forth today.
Wednesday, my companion and I had Divisions with the District Leader, and I was with his companion, Elder Valdivieso.  He's really cool and he's one of the few native speakers I can understand.  That same day, our Zone Leaders set a goal-every day make 50 contacts!!  When we heard this, we thought it was impossible.  We normally have 10-15 contacts a day.  But, Elder Vergara and I did all we could.  We told ourselves that if we reached our goal, we'll go get ice cream.  By 8:00pm we had an hour left with only 40 contacts.  Once it gets dark, there's hardly any people in the streets so I was questioning whether or not we would find 10 more people!  But, with faith, determinations, and hard work, we contacted 11 more people that hour!  I will gladly tell you that we went for some hard-earned ice cream!!
Thursday was my 100th day on my mission.  I was on exchanges with the District Leader, so I guess that is how I celebrated the day.
(The scripture of the week that Brooke chose: Mosiah 24:14  And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions) The Lord can ease mine and your burdens.  He is the only person who knows exactly how we feel about everything.  I've learned to rely on the Atonement so much already during my mission in times of stress and hardship.   I find peace and comfort through the knowledge of the Atonement.
This Sunday was special because we had a General Authority from Salt Lake in Anáhuac.  His name is Elder Martinez.  I really enjoyed the spirit that he spoke with and his message was really great. I was able to understand most of what he said . I always enjoy listening to the voice of the Lord through the general authorities because I know the things they share are inspired by the Lord.
I never thought that Mexico would be cold but it sure has been lately, especially in the mornings during our study time, and the last two hours in the day before we head home.  But overall, I'm excited to be serving where the Lord needs me at this time.

Elders-Moreales, Vergara, Fowler and Greenwood

Not sure if this happened before or after the picture above.

We wanted to see pictures of his apartment. Dishes clean :)

He has a washing machine, but not a dryer.  We believe that
next to that must be his water heating source for his shower.

Their study area.  Preston's is on the left. Gotta love the
red and purple walls :)

He must not have a closet, but at least he has somewhere he can
hang some of his things.

His bathroom