Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortaclece.

Hey yall!

First of all, I´m glad to finally hear from you Sadie and how you´re enjoying the MTC!  Where are you living?  Where is your classroom? I actually miss it there a bit, it´s an amazing place and the Spirit is abundant when you´re in tune with it.  Your companionship sounds a lot like mine was with Hermana Weller... she was the crier and I was the one whipping out the Spanish.  So if you and I were mission companions, we would rock it! Haha. We would just have to speak Sportuguese :)  I was always the only Hermana in my district not crying when we had testimony meetings, and it kinda bothered me because I knew I was feeling the Spirit, it just doesn´t always manifest itself in that way.  After about 5 months now, I cry all the freaking time! Haha.  

So this week was the last week before transfers and so we´ve been continuing working hard to finish it off.  We have a handful of investigators that attend church every week, but have different challenges keeping them from being baptized.  One of them is Elisama, a sixteen year old girl whose cousin is a recent convert in our ward.  She comes to church every Sunday and all of the youth activities. She studies English a lot and loves to talk with me in English!  But I try not to do that too much because Hermana Pardo gets annoyed... haha. Elisama´s mom is super Catholic and we are working on getting her permission so that she can be baptized this Saturday!

We also ran into Carlos the other day... it was the first time we´d seen him since my birthday and I was a bit nervous.  Turns out that he wants us to come back and teach him again and that he wants to be baptized!  He just doesn´t want to be pressured into quitting smoking.  We´ve had only one lesson with him since, and we taught him about how the power of the Atonement can help him do all things (Phillipians 4:13) through its enabling power, or grace.  It was amazing to hear in the closing prayer when he asked for strength to improve. He knows that this is the truth and we are praying for him to be able to leave this behind for good.

Hermana Lupita, our pensionista, went out of town this last week, so her husband Alejandro has been cooking for us.  It´s kinda funny because right now they´re like our parents... when mom´s gone we can eat whatever we want and we watch church movies like 17 Miracles during our meals hahaha. 

Not much else exciting has been happening.  The mission gave everyone these messenger bags that make us look like Jehovahs Witnesses, but that has actually given us more opportunities to talk to people because they come up to us and ask if we´re "Testigos." Hahaha. We put in a lot of work this transfer and taught a total of about 90 lessons total to investigators and about 30 to less actives because they´re super important too, I´ve learned.  This work is amazing and I´m so glad to be a part of it!

Hermana Bledsoe

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