Biggest apologies that my email didn't come yesterday. Whoever thought to put a majority of holidays on Mondays obviously didn't have missionaries on their minds. I think mama Jodi might of had a bit of a heart attack because I got a text this morning from a member who has my mom's number saying my mom was looking for me... woops. No worries.
Sister Taylor is a doll. I adore her and can't describe how grateful to have her as a companion. She is the oldest of 4 kids; her mother is Nicaraguan, and her father is African American from Chicago. They all live in Gilbert, Arizona. A few days ago she was looking at the pictures on my wall and saw a photo of the newly weds, Camille and Dylan and she was like HEY! I know her! She was my friend at BYU!
The matter of the fact is we were destined to be companions, and sadly we have already predicted that we will probably only be together for 6 weeks. #liveitup
Other moments that happened this week:
- I said goodbye to one of my mamas here in Laredo, Susie Vega. She was a traveling nurse at the hospital, and her time was up. They left for Utah and are hopefully happy back with their family.
- There was a wedding on Saturday for the two investigators in the Elder's area. Toby made a beautiful bride and Charles was so spiffy up there in his suit. They are getting baptized this coming Sunday.
- Last night we were walking down the street and all of a sudden all these pregnant women were doing walking lunges up the hill towards us. We tried to talk to some of them, but no one seemed to be available to talk at the moment.. I don't blame them. haha.
- Laredo South zone came up to play ultimate capture the flag yesterday. We lined up barricades (cars) and played in the 75 degree weather outside (shoutout to SD winters.) We won once, they won once, then to settle the tie there was a rap battle. The best part was that everyone was kind of circled up and the one elder was in the middle with his beat boxer behind him, then all of a sudden this little old hispanic man rode his bike through the parking lot, then the circle and down the street. It was so random. We all just looked around and laughed so confused.
Exciting moments coming up this week:
- interviews with President tomorrow
- All the missionaries are going down to McAllen to see Elder Oaks on Saturday
- Helmer is getting baptized on Sunday!
In honor of my 7 months in the mission I wrote down 7 scriptures that have changed my mission.
1. D&C 123:17
2. Alma 26:16
3. 2 Corinthians 10:5-6
4. Mosiah 3:19
5. Ether 12:27
6. John 15:13
7. Moroni 7:47
So all of these are amazing scriptures, but the two I want to focus on are 6&7. They talk about love and charity. How is Christ's love so perfect? In John 15 it says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Which is exactly what Christ did. His love was so pure that they had to have a different word for it; charity. In Moroni 7 it says, " But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever;and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him."
I emphasized the "possessed" part. The reason is that we as natural men cannot possess charity. Charity must posses us. To have true charity is to always put the needs of others in front of yours. When the times are hardest, yet we care for the others around us, that is when charity starts to posses us. When we can see the people around us as God sees them; with all their potential and strengths; that's when charity possesses us. It's a life long battle with ourselves, becoming better and better, but the thing is we aren't in it alone. All of us are striving for to do our best to be possessed by the perfect love of God.
A bit cheesy, but there's a thought for the day.
Shout out to my role model Ashley Ann comin back to the states! Andele!
Shout out to Kendall Bosch for getting her mission call to LA, Cali! woot woot! (I was secretly hoping for the TMM, but California works.)
Shoutout to Hermana Hemmingsen in Sweden. #lol
ps once again, sorry for no pictures. ill try next week.