Hey guys! Hope you´re all in good health.
This week was great! The first normal week we´ve been able to have in a long time. No meetings, no trips, just WORK. It was really refreshing! Especially since this week is going to be a little crazy again. We´ve got Consejo on Thursday (the meeting we go to as sister training leaders with all the zone leaders and the president and his wife and assistents), then we have GENERAL CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!! Basically almost better than christmas. Can´t wait! We´ll be watching it on internet here in our chappel in Tupungato, so we´ll be praying lots that it doesn´t freeze too much. :)
So anyway this week we were able to see lots of miracles! I´ll share a few of my favorites. Firstly, we met with the Freyre family this week. They haven´t really been progressing, and they´ve been having some problems in their families and marriage and such. It´s hard and sad, but it´s also not a surprise. Not because of them, they´re great people! But because the adversary knows that they´re on to something good. So he´s right there with them pinching arms, tugging ears, and tickling noses, creating as much trouble as he can. Just those little nibbling at the heal things. They´re always small, but he has a way of making them look so big. The other day we were cleaning the chapel and talkig to the relief society president about them, and she said something I really liked. She said that in her life she always found that she always expected Satan to attack from the outside, but it turned out that all the problems she´s had to face recetly were things that came from within her own family, and her own self. That she had to be the one to humble herself, ask forgiveness, and repent. It´s so true! Satan really gets in all the nooks and cranies of our personality, our weakesses, and even our testimonies, trying to turn even our own strengths against us. And what can we do in return? Ask your nearest primary attendant. PRAY. READ THE SCRIPTURES. GO TO CHURCH. Keep enduring, it´s not the end yet. And I´ve found, especially this week, that the first thing God asks us to do is to be humble. Pride is a real killer. Satan´s favorite tool. Don´t give it fuel! Humility. Gratitude. Repentance. Those are normally the hardest things for me to do, but I can almost always bet they´re the first things on the list of things God needs me to do in all the trials he sends my way, until I can get the hang of it.
...where was I? ah. Miracles. So this week we were able to visit them with the branch president. It was a great lesson! He was able to relate a lot better with the Hermano than we´ve been able to, and bore great testimony of Joseph Smith and the truthfuless of the Chruch of Jesus Christ. So, we´re making progress. Slowly and surely. They came to chruch on suday for part of the meeting, so that was an improvement! :)
And my favorite miracle of the week! So remember Jorge and Maria? They´re so great! We wanted to do a church tour with them yesterday, but they all came down with pink eye (or something similar with some spanish name) so they couldn´t come. :( But anyway so the whole time we´ve been teaching them we´ve tryed OUR HARDEST to get a member to come to the lessos with us. But time after time something always fell through. Finally one thursday we asked Hermana Gonzalez to come with us. And all day we prayed and hoped that it would all work out. It did! And when we walk into the house, who woulda known? They knew eachother! They were already friends! The lesson was great, and Hermana Gonzalez was able to bear beautiful testimony of the chruch, and her own conversion experience. When we leave, I remembered something from like four months ago. Hermana Gonzalez had told us was that she had a friend who was very into the evangalist chruch, and she had tried a million times to share the gospel with her, to no result. Then she moved to a different house, and they kind of lost contact. This was her friend! And we had found her because one day we were looking in the area book and there was registered from the missionaries before us Jorge´s name and address. Hermana Gonzalez shared that recently she has been praying for missionary opportunities. I have no doubt that her prayers sent us to their house, so that she could later come with us that day and bear testimony to her friends.
Miracles are real friends. I believe in the power of prayer, and I know that we are always blessed, in the Lord´s time. He wants us to be patient, to be humble, and to be firm in the faith of Christ, and He is always there to help us along, and send us little gifts and miracles along the way.
Love you all! Have a great week!
p.s. Sorry, I didn´t take lots of pictures this week. This picture is one of us when we got caught in a hail storm in the middle of a bunch of vinyards. Some as big as gummy bears. Fun stuff! The good thing is that they weren´t completely ice. It was more like snow. So, I mean, it didn´t leave welts... or very many. haha!