Monday, October 7, 2013
Cambios, Conferencia, Coca Cola
Laman, Lemuel, Sam, Nephi---SONS. (This is a quote from the Hill Cumorah Pageant)
Don't know why, but that quote just popped into my head. How have you all been?? How was the Conference? On the lake?! Jealous!! I'm trying not to covet, but I could really use a lake-side visit right about now.
Well, today there are cambios,(transfers) aaaaand............my companion and I are still staying in Santa Rosa!! This will be my 4th cambio here. I feel like I know every street and every person here, but bueno, Dios has a lesson for me to learn here, and hopefully I´ll figure it out what it is in this transfer. I've already learned a lot about humility and patience. Maybe I just need to refine those two a little more. Well, I'm sure I do. I have a looong way to go, but I'm working on it.
Thank you SO MUCH for the package!!!!!!!! The pictures are my favorites of all time infinity! Especially the ones at the end of you making my face! You're so cool!! I love the pens and the notes and everything!! Thank you!!! Also, when did they change the green Skittles to apple?? I never really liked the green ones much, but I ate them and thought, "Hmmm, my taste buds must have changed because these are really good!" Then I checked the back. Green apple.
So for us, the Conference is a little bit of death mixed with joy. I love General Conference soooooo much, but here, we have to run around for everyone who wants to go and invite the whole world to attend. My companion and I had a ton of people who said they were going to go, and then Sunday morning rolls around and everyone says no, no, no, no, luego, en la tarde, no, no, no, en otra ocasión, no, no (then, in the afternoon, no, no, no, on another occasion, no, no)......... It was rough, but when we got to the church, we found that 9 people we had invited had shown up on their own!!! It was a miracle!!!!!! I KNOW God works miracles!!
Listen to the words of the Prophet. He receives revelation from God for the WORLD! We are going to have trials! But what do we need to do? We need to have the Gospel at the center of our lives. We need to PRAY every day!! We need to read the Book of Mormon EVERY DAY! We need to go to church EVERY WEEK!! I don´t know what President Monson is preparing us for, but trials are coming. We are in the last days. Satan is working hard. But if our foundations are firm, we cannot fall!!!!! Helaman 5:12
When we invite people to be baptized, our mission president wants us to "vaccinate" them. Por ejemplo(for example), "In preparation for your baptism, you will have trials, but Heavenly Father will help you." It sounds lame in English, but for a better example, review President Monson's talk. He just vaccinated the world.
Also, I didn´t know Richard G. Scott spoke Spanish, but he does! He pre-recorded his own talk in Spanish. It was great hearing his voice!!
And it has never been so obvious to me that there is only one true church. We have it. This is it. (1 Nephi 14:10-17) This is the one and only perfect church--organized by God, described in the Book of Mormon and the Bible. We have a prophet! (Amos 3:7) We have 12 Apostles! (Luke 9:1) We have that power and authority, el Sacerdocio (Priesthood), given to men! (Hebrews 5:4) We are Saints because we follow Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 1:2, 1 Nephi 14:14) We are baptized in the way Christ did, which was pleasing to GOD. (Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 10:38-39) Read the 13 articles of faith and think for a moment on the truthfulness of this Church and how lucky we are to have it! Follow the admonition of Paul! (Philippians 4:8) Rejoice evermore! (1 Thessalonians 5:16-23)
Last thing, someone was listening to music in English the other day during our studies. Hermana Adams and I were dying. Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, etc. I had I Love you Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez stuck in my head the whole day. And the dance to that song from Just Dance 4.
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. My comp made me a sandwich the other day: bread, lunch meat, mayo, ketchup. She's wonderful, but let's just say I´ll think twice before I accept food she offer to me.
P.P.S. When my comp and I were running around for people on Sunday, in the blazing sun, all I wanted was a nice cold coca cola. Who am I???
P.P.P.S. Hermana Lopez who lived with us before is now in the Galapagos! She and her comp are the first sisters there!
P.P.P.P.S. A kid peed on my comp´s backpack the other day and she was ticked. I could'nt stop laughing.
P.P.P.P.P.S. If you ever have a Sister Welling, she's friends with Hermana Jackie Adams with whom I've been in Santa Rosa for 4 months.
P.P.P.P.P.P.S. I saw a kitten suffering in the middle of the road the other day and I almost died of tristeza.(sadness)
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S. But when we're righteous, we're happy! 1 Nephi 16:4-5
Alma 26:12, Mosiah 24:15, Jacob 1:19, Moroni 7:46-47