Thursday, April 7, 2016

Week 59: La Conferencia General

Oh family and friends. I love you.

I am so grateful for this weekend that we have had to listen to our church leaders. I learned so many amazing things from general conference this time around. Here are some of my all time favorite quotes!

May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. -President Thomas S Monson

To believe, we need to get the gospel from our heads into our hearts!  -Bonnie L Oscarson

If you cannot say you know God is there, you can hope that He is. You can desire to believe. That is enough to start. -Dieter F Uchtdorf

There is no life so shattered that it cannot be restored. -Deiter F Uchtdorf

In today’s world, no matter where we live and no matter what our circumstances are, it is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God. -Donald L Hallstrom

These are just a few of the many many many wonderful things that we said in General Conference. I know that these men are called of God. They lead and guide us. We can be happy and have joy in this life as we head to the things the Spirit teaches us when we listen to their words. I know it. I am so grateful that twice a year we get to hear from them and set aside a weekend to be edified. There are many things that I discovered that I need to work on. One of them being forgiving others and most importantly forgiving myself. There are so many discouragements and doubts in this life, but if we have Christ as our rock, we won't fall. He won't let us. This doesn't mean that the hard times one come. It means we will be able to get through them. There is a Mormon message about a man who battled with a drug addiction. He said he finally decided to go to his knees and pray to the Lord. He states, "I didn't know what I was expecting to happen. So I though if he were right here in from of me, what would I want him to say? I thought, well I just want him to take this and say ," thanks, I got this." and instead at that moment I heard a question. "Will you let me take this?""  We must let Christ take our burdens. We must turn to him. It is the only way. I am beginning to see that this isn't just a once and your done thing. It is a daily plead we must do. We must give our will to Christ. Then He can heal us. 3 Nephi 9:13  "will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal‍ you?" Once we let go and let him heal us we find joy, we feel the love of our Savior. One of my favorite songs ever is "Multiplied" It expresses exactly how I feel about this love of our Savior.

Your love is like radiant diamonds
Bursting inside us we cannot contain
Your love will surely come find us
Like blazing wildfires singing Your name

God of mercy sweet love of mine
I have surrendered to Your design
May this offering stretch across the skies
These Hallelujahs be multiplied

Well I guess yall probably want to know how the week went, so we will get to that a bit.
Monday was awesome it was Hermana Medeiros' birthday and we had a fiesta!!!!! It included a lot of basketball, a piƱata, a cake, and a whole lot of laughing. FELIZ CUMPLEANOS MIJA!!!!!! TE QUIERO TAN MUCHO!!! We had a lot of fun.

Tuesday was pretty crazy too. we went on another temple trip with Reyna. She is really preoccupied with a lot of stuff going on with her family right now and isn't really sure where to go. She is in a lot of need of direction from God. The best part is that she is looking in the right places for that help that she needs. I love her so much and she reminds me so much of you mom. I don't know why, but you two have a lot in common. :) She came to conference on sunday and it was perfect for all of her worries and questions. I am so proud of her that she continues onward even when so many things aren't going her way. She is a saint and I love her so much.

Wednesday we worked a toooooooon on the Book of Mormon activity that we have quickly approaching the 15th of April. Elder Schwartz has written out a full play and we are practicing with members and making decoration and recording music and working like crazy to figure it all out! It is going to be soo legit when it all comes together!!! I wish you could all be there. We are even going to have a smoke machine!!!! A lot of our time and energy has been going to that and I pray that everything will go well.

Thursday we had exchanges which means that I was with Hermana Johnson for a day. IT was way fun. We went and taught Erik. He read!!!!!!!!! #miracle I can't tell you how amazing that is. He said he would be baptized too! woohoo! He really has a sincere heart and real intent. THe only thing is.... He is more comfortable in English so I think we are going to have to pass him over to the English missionaries since we work strictly with Spanish speakers.

Friday we went over with the elders to give Reyna a blessing of strength and guidance. It was amazing to see her resolve change and be strengthened through the power of the priesthood. They change that came about her was physical. you could see the determination, the peace, the confidence of the Lord on her face. The priesthood is real.

Saturday was the start of conference! In between the two sessions Hna Medeiros and I went to Texas Roadhouse to celebrate her birthday and also my late birthday. Them back to the church for conference. We had dinner at the Vargas home and we had a barbeque outside. Way good hamburgers!!! then back the church to do more Book of Mormon activity preparations #palmtrees

Sunday we again watched General Conference. In the evening we took Hermana Quiroz to go visit Rosa. We taught the Plan of Salvation and man. You can see that Rosa is really beginning to become interested in all of this "Mormon stuff" haha She is starting to feel that hunger and starting to get fed by the spirit. It is a wonderful process to see. She also said that if she finds that it is true she will be baptized! She has a sincere desire to learn. Rosa and Hermana Quiroz get along sooooo well! I love it!

The work is moving along here in the Hispanic population of south Oklahoma City. It is a privilege and a joy to get to serve the Lord here. To end I want to end with one more quote from General Conference.

Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever. -Jeffery R Holland

It's true. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are cheering us on. I love you all so much and hope that you have a wonderful week!!!!

Hermana Hilton

Family Night with the Deleon Family and their brand new puppies!!!

hehehehe Hermana Medeiros' birthday party at Rosa's house! the good old Mordida!

Exchanges with Hermana Johnson!

Some of the palm trees that we are working on for the activity

late birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse with my favorite mija ever!!!!

barbeque at the Vargas' house! With good old dad fixing the car in the background haha.

Conference weekend woop woop!!!!!!

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