Mexico Monterrey West Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Monday, November 23, 2015
Weekly Update -- November 23rd, 2015
Last week, I mentioned we just got short changed and when we were trying to figure out why, Elder Lopez asked the assistants who told him 'The President just kind of walked in and decided to do short changes.' Even with a curve ball like that, we had an amazing week! Apart from a few less active families coming (one for the first time since moving here about a year ago) we had an investigator come!!! It was so exciting and during the gospel principles class, Elder Lopez gave a great lesson on faith, somehow using handcuffs as an object lesson. Everyone liked it, being a little more active than the usual read and discuss style.
Waiting in the office for changes (notice the Christmas decorations)
My first picture with Elder Lopez!
First sweater day in the middle of November!!
We also had the chance to do a service project in the area of Hidalgo, which also happens to be an international hotspot for mountain climbing. We spent the morning cleaning up the house of prayer for the branch that meets there with the President and his wife and another senior couple missionaries, Elder and Hermana Page. Still one of my favorite parts of the mission, service projects. I put myself in charge of cleaning up the spider webs before being the pile collector after others had swept among other things. Another Elder Gale had found a Christmas CD and put it on while we were cleaning being that nobody celebrates Thanksgiving here, so there's not really a stopper between November and putting up Christmas decorations. People are getting into the Christmas spirit, even in the offices!
Today, for pday, the zone went to the activity and everyone chipped in to buy a LOT of eggs and drinks and the Hna's were super nice by taking command of that and making the Elders super happy. Don't worry we all offered a hand when they would let us, but they cooked that brunch pretty much between the four of themselves.
Before getting into the Christmas Spirit, still being Thanksgiving season in the States, I want to invite you to have a little talk with someone close to you and express why you are thankful for them. Also, some little things you are thankful for to get you through the day. I am personally thankful for the other missionaries who help me a TON destressing when we're able to get together. Also, for the chance I have right now to be able to share the gospel with everyone and anyone as a full-time missionary. I'm thankful for my family and all of the support they give me during this time. As well for the Atonement that we can ALWAYS become better people and not have to worry about mistakes we have made in the past as long as we look to the future. Love you all. Also... Happy early birthday Mom!!