Well, the best thing of this week (there were a few great things) was helping to set up and decorate a Christmas tree!!! A real, live, fake Christmas tree!! We put it all together and pulled the branches up, evened them out, threw on the lights, and put on the ornaments. It´s not like trimming the tree in our house, but it was fun nonetheless. On Monday, we had gone over to our Lider Misional´s house to talk to him, and right when we got there, they invited us in to help decorate the tree, and have some hot chocolate y pan. I guess since Thanksgiving doesn´t exist here, everyone just focuses on Christmas as soon as they can. Which is sad to me, because I love Thanksgiving, but I´m ready to get into the Christmas spirit. It was so fun!
Also, this weekend, we had full time with Presidente Torres. On Friday, we had a capacitacion with him and learned SO MUCH!!! He is SUCH an inspired man, and really has so much charity. That´s his focus as a president. It says in Moroni 7:48 that those who are true disciples of Jesus Christ have charity, and he wants us to be more than missionaries. He wants us to be true disciples of Jesus Christ. I love him!
On Saturday and Sunday, we had Stake Conference! And the best part was that we had Elder Fernando Calderón from the Seventy and the temple president, Presidente Groberg, there. Elder Calderón is a riot! He is soooooo funny! We talked about the importance of counsels. The church is run by counsels. Presidents have counselors. It says in Proverbs 11:14 that in the midst of counsellors there is safety. This church is a church of order. God is a God of order. When we have counsels and talk about PEOPLE, we are helping to create order and have the SPIRIT. I love the gospel and how it works. I love the organization of the church. It´s perfect!!!! We are the imperfect people, but if we follow the guidance of our leaders, we´ll have safety!!! God wants to help EACH of His children return back to His presence. That´s why the church is organized, focusing on PEOPLE. God loves us! He is our loving Heavenly Father!!!!!!!!!!!
This week, we ran into some hard-hearted people, and it made us really sad for them. They said they couldn´t believe that Christ visited the Americas, that God had prophets here, thet they´ve given us more of their word, and that today there are prophets and apostles. They reminded me exactly of 2 Nephi 29:6-10. "A bible! We have a bible! And we don´t need more bible!" They think their complaint is so original, but it was predicted 2600 years ago. Russell M. Nelson said in his April General Conference talk, "El Libro de Mormon está en completa armonía con la biblia. Los dos registros sagrados confirman la verdad del Evangelio de Jesucristo y la importancia de su Expiación." We don´t worship men. We worship God and Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ!
"Hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ" (2 Nephi 33:10-11)! "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Chirst" (2 Nephi 25:26)! It´s all about Christ! We are followers of HIM! Not of man. This is the Church of JESUS CHRIST. He lives! We shared those scriptures with our hard-hearted pals, and Dallin H. Oaks April General Conference talk "Seguidores de Christo." I hope they read it and can receive a change of heart. This is the true church.
I love you all so much and hope all is well in your lives! I¨m praying for you!!!!!!
CON MUCHO AMOR,
P.S. Today might be cambios. I´m sad, because I LOVE my companion!! I´ll update you next week.