MERRY EASTER EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday: The first councilor of the branch presidency invited us over for their Family Home Evening. We went and man it was so much fun. Their little 7 year old daughter was in charge of it and she did an awesome job. WE talked about how we can strengthen families. We had dinner after that and she fed us papusas! they were soooooooo good! Man. It was my first time eating them and I was way impressed. We talked about the Branch and he gave us some names of people to go visit (that plays a role later on in the week)
Tuesday: We met with Reyna. She talked to Presidente on Sunday and we asked her how it went. This is what she said, "Hermanas I can't go to the temple." We could see the disappointment on her face. We talked about why and found out that she isn't married to her boyfriend. They have been living together for 14 years and just never got married. Reyna said that she talked to her boyfriend about it and he pretty much said that he doesn't want to get married. He said, maybe when we have been together for 25 years. So pretty much that crushed Reyna's dreams of going to the temple. We talked about it with her and told her that God has a plan. God wants her to go to the temple so he will provide a way. As we were talking and reading in the Book of Mormon, her face lit up. You could see that an idea had come into her head. She said, "if he won't marry me, what if I move out? would that work?" we said YES!!! So she is super on track and is talking with her boyfriend to try and figure everything out. I am super excited for her. She is so determined and her faith is so strong.
Wednesday: We had dinner with Hna Escobar. She is the lady that took us to the zoo a while back. Well so on Saturday she fell and got really hurt. so the fact that she was walking around and talking to us was a miracle. We haven't seen her in about 3 weeks because she has been so sick and then she fell.. So getting over to her house and getting to talk with her and visit her was a miracle. I missed her so much. she is a little angel.
Thursday: Zone Conference!! that is the meeting that we have with our mission president and about 30 other missionaries. It was crazy good. The two main themes were repentance and teaching by the spirit. I learned so much. We also got new phones. And so now the whole mission is in the process of learning how to use new phones. haha It's been quite an adventure.
Friday: We were supposed to go on exchanges with the STLs but one of them started throwing up in the morning, so we didn't go! Since we had some extra time Hermana Medeiros and I decided to go try one of the people that Hno Figueroa asked us to go try. We drove over there, knocked the door and her son answered. He said that his mom, Teresa, was working a ton and prolly wouldn't be home until super late. Then about 2 minutes later Teresa pulled up! #Miracle!!! we went in and talked with her and she opened up and told us a lot of stuff. We invited her to the Relief Society activity. And guess what!!! She came!!! It was her first time in the church building for over a year. It was really cool to see her faith in action as she came to the activity.
Saturday: A crazy crazy day. We were biking all day and we were biking from place to place like chickens with our heads cut off! there were so many people to see. And we were talking to so many people along the way. We met with Reyna, Oymed a lady who just wanted to bash, helped a guy take down his brick fence, got chased by a chiwawa (sp), taught Erik a lesson, and then biked to dinner where we ate the best hamburger I have ever had. Then we went to the Women's General Broadcast. We watched it in Spanish and I think I understood a good part of it haha. We are going to listen to it again in English this week :)
Sunday: EASTER!!!!!!! It was a good easter. I am so grateful for a Savior who loves me. He wants to help me and heal me. We saw so many miracles on Easter Sunday! Teresa came to church with her two kids! Reyna came as well and she brought one of our invetigators Rosa. Later that evening we taught Rosa with Hna. Quiroz and it was amazing. Rosa has such a curiosity about this gospel. Her mother is a new member and Rosa wants to figure out what this gospel is all about.
I have studied a lot on the atonement and on repentance this week. One of my all time favorite scriptures is Mosiah 14:3-5 THis is Isaiah talking about Christ. He says:
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
It is true. Every word of it. He knows and he can help us.
I hope you all and a wonderful Easter Sunday :)