Yes, today is change day. But we are staying in Teopisca!! Woohoo!!! That means I am officially starting my last transfer..... what? Luckily this transfer is a week longer..... so I get 7 weeks to work my butt off instead of only six. GO TEAM.
Besides the temple dedication of the Tijuana temple yesterday (which was awesome)..... It was ma girl TAYLOR SWIFTS BIRTHDAY. #taylorswiftordie
This week I really have been reminded of WHY we are here as missionaries, and how important it is to fight Satan with positivity. I think that's how Satan tries to get us.... as missionaries and in La Vida Real too. Between my Christmas package getting lost, the Guadelupean trekies waking us up at 4 am every morning and everyone being gone because of the Virgin de Guadelupe celebrations, health problems, and not baptizing for the first time in my mission this transfer...Satan was working on me with the little things.
It got to the point on Saturday night when our district leader said, "Don't worry, Hermana, tomorrow is the temple dedication! And all will be great!"
I responded, "Great? Great that we can't bring any investigators to church because you have to have a temple recommend to enter? Tell me how that is great, Elder?"
What Elder Santos told me kind of slapped me in the face and woke me up a bit, "Hermana, tomorrow the first presidency will be dedicating a house of the Lord on the earth. And you think bringing investigators to church is more important?"
Oops. bueno tiene razòn. Sooooooo I quit complaining, enjoyed the temple dedication, and enjoyed all of the tender mercies that God gave us yesterday.
Including....... Hermana M.
Hermana M is a progressing investigator, who committed earlier this week with her sister to live the word of wisdom and also the law of chastity. We thought these would be hard ones for them, because they have led pretty rough lives. They were abandoned by their mother and a dead father at very young ages, don't have education, and barely make enough money to cover their 25 dollar rent in the tiny cement room they live in with their three kids.
But.. since we have contacted them they really are making changes in their lives. They come to our activities all by themselves now. They were sad they couldn't come to church on Sunday for the temple dedication. They are also trying to read the Book of Mormon, even if they don't know how to read very well. They pray daily, and are learning of their worth as daughters of God. It's amazing to see.
Last night, we asked Hermana M how dropping coffee was going, and she said, "Well, our boss offers it to us about three times a day, but we haven't drank a drop. We are still good to be baptized in January, right?"
WOOOOOO! There are a whole lot of escogidos on the mission... who just come to us prepared, don't drink coffee, or have any sort of addiction, and their life is already great, and they get baptized almost too easily. But Hermana M. really sees the blessings in her life, and the changes the gospel has brought. She's escodido, but in a different way. That's why we are here... to help people accept Jesus Christ's atonement and to help them learn how to change their lives for the better.
A Savior is Born
I hope you will check out this video if you haven't already because Nos Ha Nacido un Salvador. And if He can save people like Hermana M, He can save us too.