Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Charles got baptized

So this week Charles got baptized!!!! Finally, !!!!!! Charles is only the second person that I have been there on the day that we met and then also there on the day that he got baptized. The first was John, who is also amazing! So we spent a good portion of the week getting things ready for that. They interview and speakers and all of that good stuff. Our WML was out of town this weekend too so that added to the fun. 

This week was also Pope Day! That's right, the Pope came to town! Well, actually he came to Juarez, but you know, close enough. I was expecting honestly it to be a bigger hindrance for us than it was, but really it just meant the people were all inside watching the Pope on tv and got mad when we came to their door. So pretty much just like any Sunday when a football game is on.  

We had a really cool experience this week when we went to go see a recent convert that just moved into our ward. She lives in an apartment complex that has a big "no soliciting" sign in the front of it. As we were leaving the complex a lady come out from the office and starts following us. I was pretty sure she was going to yell at us for "soliciting in her complex" aka walking through it, but actually she asked us if we had an extra copy of The Book of Mormon. Her brother is a member and told her to look into it! So we gave her one of course and are planning to meet with her later. 

We're still meeting with Tina and Molly and they're doing alright, although both of them need their dates pushed back. One of Judi's struggles with the Word of Wisdom is that she gets really bad migraines and drinks coffee to get rid of them. That's why she started even drinking it in the first place. So we're not quite sure what to do about that. If you have any ideas, we'd be glad to hear them. Molly is the same old stuff. Crazy family life and trying to work things out with her dad. But we're going over later this week and we'll see how it goes. 

We also had a good lesson with Tina who lives out in Chappy. She really asks a lot of good questions and thinks about what it is that we're saying. And when we brought up baptism she said "I'm glad you mentioned that because I do want to get baptized. I've always known that I needed to." Of course we still have a way to go before she gets there but, it's pretty great! Oh and it was also Sister Dummar's birthday this week. So we of course told as many people as possible. It reminded me of when it was always Sister Bowen's birthday. 

This morning we listened to President Uchtdorf's talk about the forget me not's where he talks about the difference between a good and a foolish sacrifice. This is something that I've thought about before so hopefully I haven't talked to you about it already, but I was reminded of it this morning. He says that somethings are obviously good to sacrifice for and some things obviously not so much. I was thinking though about how a lot of the time, if somethings is a good or a foolish sacrifice is up to us. Take a mission for example. The sacrifice has already been made, but if it's a good sacrifice or a bad one or not is up to me, the things that I choose to do, the way I spend my time and thoughts and attitude. Getting an education is a sacrifice, and if it's a good or a bad one or not is up to you. What you choose to study, how diligent you are about it, and what you choose to do with what you study. In so many instances what the sacrifice becomes is up to us. Another talks says it similarly. He talks about how Christ says that Heavenly Father only gives bread, and fish and eggs, and not serpents and scorpions. So, Heavenly Father only gives us good things. But, with our actions and our attitudes, we can turn those good things into bad things. Especially if the good thing he gives us, isn't the thing we want or the thing we expect. So ask yourself when you are in a position of sacrifice, is this a good or bad sacrifice? Or if the sacrifice has already been made, am I going to make it a good one or a bad one? 

So anyway, hopefully you all are doing well and have an amazing week!



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