So, this week was AWESOME! As we are truly getting the vision that the Lord wants us to have, we have seen miracles. Something that we started this week is a really amazing thing that Hermana Gonzalez shared with me that is based on Helaman 3:35
"Nevertheless, they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God."
We are really excited to start into this new thing of truly and fully giving away everything that may take our minds from the work. We want to become new people, sanctified and pure, true and profitable servants of the Lord. Sometimes, we may be walking down the street and something will remind us of a song and we sing a line which reminds us of a movie which reminds us of something and our minds have gone off for a good while... Well, we are now 100% with our eye single to the glory of God. No, we are not perfect, obviously, but we know that every day we are better and it is something that we know that we need to do. We were never doing anything wrong or bad necesarily, but it´s the little things that make us just a little disfocused that will make the difference in the end. We have already seen miracles for fully yielding our hearts unto God. Studies will be there when we need them again, friends, hobbies, etc. will all still be there. For right now, we are full time servants of the Lord and as it says in our call letter, we are more fully commiting ourselves to leave behind completely "ALL other personal affairs." If you can´t tell, I´m exicted.
So... what are the miracles that we have seen already?
Enrique was confirmed yesterday and his dad, José went to church to support him and he really liked it!
Cesar received the preisthood! He is really progressing well. He hasn´t missed a single Sunday since his baptism, goes to every mutual activity, goes to clean the church every single saturday, and this week started early morning seminary. We are so proud of him!
Griselda and Fabiola finally came back from vacation! And... Griselda´s goddaughter (yes, she was Catholic before), Anaí came back with them and LOVES the church! She is the cutest little 10 year old and the little girls in the primary have really fellowshipped her. If we get it all figured out with permission and everything, she can be baptized the 18th! We are pretty sure that Griselda is the official gaurdian since she is here to stay, but we need to make sure.
Ana and Ana Laura also came back from vacation and Ana Laura accepted a baptismal date for the 18th! She went to a baptism with us on Saturday and she really loved it. She is so cute and so happy to be back in everything!
A family from Rio Grande (an area just north of us) moved here about 3 weeks ago and we have been trying to get in contact with them since they were taking the lessons there (the husband is a member but the wife not) but we could never get them to answer the phone. Well, they called us this week! Nestor is a returned missionary who fell away after a time but is coming back. His wife (well... girlfriend) is so great! Already has a testimony and is in Alma 20 or so from starting at the beginning of the Book of Mormon. Yesterday, she was participating fully in the relief society lesson and it was just so great. We are just waiting on the wedding to get her baptized! She has been waiting awhile for Nestor´s divore to go through, but it officially went through and we are just waiting for the paper to get here this week so that they can do the paper work to be married! We gave her a baptismal date for the 24th since the papers have to get here this week and then we will need about 15 days to get them married. So great! Cutest little family as well! Love!
So life is great! It warmed up a bit this week, but still cold. I bought some wicked awesome leggings... slightly expensive, but made for the cold. They are great. I don´t even feel the wind on my legs anymore.
Hermana Gonzalez was really sick yesterday. Had a terrible migrain. The kind where you can´t see straight, can´t even stand up, etc. Right after church we hurried her home and got her in bed. I got our area book super organized. Man, it was a crazy project, but after a few hours it is way better! It had years of disorganization. Now it is all organized by area and date and it the investigator has attendance or not. Much better! And Hermana G is doing much better today. We are just going to take it super easy today to make sure.
Hermana Gonzalez is so great! I am SOOOO grateful to be together with her again and for all the things that we are learning together. I know that the Lord put us together for a reason and that we have a work to do. Both here in Ushuaia and to become true servants of the Lord.
I love you all so much and hope that all is well. Thank you for the letters and all the support. You are all wonderful and I can´t believe how blessed I am to have such an amazing family.
Con mucho amor,
pictures: 1. Ushuaia Zone
2. Picture from a hike
3. Hermana Shelley & Hermana Gonzalez
4. & 5. Pictures of Ushuaia
6. Her giant hot dog lunch