Oh my goodness I dont even know where to begin for this week! First off, Im writing this email in the afternoon because we were able to go to the Temple today. They are renovating the temple, so we werent able to go inside and do a session :( We were however able to go into the visitors center and take the tour in there. It was probably one of the cooler visitor centers that I have ever been in. They have a special room dedicated to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. I just sat in there and looked at the pictures for almost a half hour, and pondered over the life of Christ.
On Thursday we had a special devotional where we had two general authorities came; David F Evans, and Steven B Allen. They are both really high on the executive missionary board for the church, and Elder Evans is in the First Quorum of the Seventy. They gave good talks about what to do while in the CCM to make your experience in the field better. Then afterward we were able to shake their hands. It was awesome.
Our lessons with our mock investigators are going really well. Elder Hagemeyer and I are getting better at teaching with the Spirit and assessing the needs of the investigator instead of trying to pound them with doctrine. I have to help my comp with vocab words here and there, but for the most part we do a real good job. Yesterday in comp study we were wondering what to teach our investigator Miguel. We had been sitting there for a while, and couldnt figure out what to teach. So we got back down on our knees and we said another prayer. When it was over, we both had the same prompting to teach the Plan of Salvation. It was amazing to know that we both recieved the exact same prompting at the exact same time. Truly increased my testimony of prayer.
Im glad to hear that things are going well at home! I have only received one letter in the mail from Oma and Opa, but I got it like 11 days late. If there are more letters, I havent seen them yet. There is another Elder in my zone who said that his parents sent him a package on his first week and he hasnt received it yet....and he has been here for five weeks now. I dont know what the deal is either. I would have thought that the letter I sent to dad would be there by now. Oh well. Maybe the postage will be better once Im in Ecuador.
Im not going to lie, Im getting sick of this place. I want to get to Ecuador. The food here is the primary reason. It is becoming straight up awful. The casa we live in is filthy, classes get kinda long, and I would be alright with a new comp. I still love him, I just think its time for a change haha.
Idk about all of you but I for probably the first time in my life am STOKED for General Conference this weekend. Maybe its cuz we will get out of class, but its mostly cuz we can listen to the Lord speak through his Prophet and Apostles. AND, for the first time, Im going to try to stay AWAKE during all five sessions. Wish me luck! I would love to hear what everyones favorite talk was too!
En conclusión, quiero compartir mi testimonio en español Sé que esta iglesia es verdadera. Sé que José Smith fue un profeta de Dios y que él tradujo el Libro De Mormón. Sé que La Expiación de Jesucristo es el camino que podemos regresar a Dios por eternidad. Sé que este misión no es mío, es el misión de Dios para mí. Familias pueden ser eternas. Sé que podemos recibir respuestas a nuestras oraciones si tenemos fe. En el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen.
Love you all. Talk to you next week!
Don't fall asleep in the CCM haha
Random guy chillin on the slide in the street
Mexico City Temple
Elder Calle (left) and Elder Hernandez (right)