Wow do I have a lot to tell you this week! I have learned so much this week. I always think that I've learned a ton and then the next week I just learn even more. And more and more. I'm blown away by it! Ah so where to begin...I'll answer your questions first. My foot's doing a little bit better, I went to the doctor last week for a check up and I don't have to wear the wrap anymore but the flip flops are still a must. I'm supposed to go back in tomorrow for another check up, but I'm pretty sure I'll still have another week or more. I tried some shoes on and it still hurts to walk in them and I can't go up on tip toe without it hurting so I really really hope I can get it back to normal soon. I miss being able to run and play soccer. But I'm grateful that I can still do some things, I just get tired of doing them over and over again! Oh well hopefully it will get better soon. Mom, I share your feelings with having a cold and a slightly hacking cough. Haha but I think it's starting to get better! The food is still the same old, I'm really surprised that I'm not that sick of it. They work really hard here to get us good food, so I am always grateful for what we do have. And with Mexico City all we get to go out there for is the temple. It's so insane and crazy outside of the CCM gates. I've probably heard 15 cannons today, it's never ending! We always wonder why they do it, but we aren't too bothered by it.
As for my week, first some funny things, and then I'll tell you about everything I've learned. On Wednesday when we went in to get my foot checked we were getting up to leave and I started walking to the door. I looked over at Hermana Smith and she started walking the other direction, so I just thought she was throwing something away. But then she completely just passed out! She hit her head pretty hard on a big picture frame that was on the wall and fell down. I am so grateful we were in the doctor's office because I don't know what I would've done had I been alone because I couldn't leave her, and I couldn't get help so I was grateful we were there. She is totally fine though, I think she was dehydrated because we had just come from working out. It was really funny too because I broke sooo many rules. But all with permission of course. The doctor asked me to go get juice for her from the cafeteria so I had to walk over there alone, in my gym clothes, wearing flip flops, going to the comedor when it wasn't open, and I was supposed to be in class. It was funny because I saw elders when I was walking over to the comedor and they gave me the look like YOU ARE CRAZY. hahahaha we have been laughing about that whole situtation ever since. It was actually really funny looking back on it especially since she was okay!
Anyways, like I said I have learned a whole lot this week. Let me begin by saying how remarkable my teacher Hna. Christensen is. Wow, I aspire to be like her. She is beyond incredible!! She put together a practice for us about inspired questions. We worked with our companions and had to ask them questions, but really rely on the Spirit to prompt us to ask inspired questions. I was the missionary and Hna. Smith was the investigator. I began talking to her and just asking random questions, having nooo idea where I was going to go with this. I started to pause more and more as I asked questions to really understand what the Spirit was wanting me to ask. At one point where I could not think of anything to say I was just sitting there in silence for awhile. Hna. Christensen was observing us and just said, "it's okay Hermana, just take your time." I sat there and finally had a question to ask her. I asked it, and Hna. Christensen kind of laughs and says "Oh my that was such an inspired question" and went away to go observe the other missionaries. The Spirit honestly spoke directly to me, and I know it was inspired because Hna. Smith began to cry, and she doesn't cry! I've made her cry twice! haha okay well actually the Spirit did, but I learned how important it is to rely on the Spirit and to not force anything. Sometimes you do have to take that moment to be still and let the feelings of the Spirit embrace you.
On Thursday we taught Kaya again (and yes they are role plays. Kaya is played by our teacher Hna. Christensen, but she's playing the role of a real investigator she had on her mission) She is so stubborn and will not even try to pray. I've learned a lot about persistence and teaching to the needs of the people. Then on Friday we taught her again and it was the best lesson we've given to date! I felt the Spirit so strongly. I find it really hard to describe it all, but the best word to describe it is JOY. WE FINALLY GOT HER TO PRAY!! It took us five lessons to do it, but I realized how it is so much more worth it when you have to work for the results. We put everything into it, and the Spirit was so strong. As she was praying, she began crying, and I was crying too because I was so happy that she finally had a desire to pray and begin to create a relationship with our Heavenly Father. He is always there for us, always. In the lesson we talked about faith. We mentioned that without faith and belief you cannot progress further. We used the comparison of fe como una semilla in Alma 32 y how the only way it can grow is by nourishing it by applying what you've learned, including prayer and reading the scriptures. This experience taught me that we often have to work through hard and challenging things in our lives in order to appreciate the good things that come after your hard work. It reminded me of the scripture (I think it's in D&C) where it says that you have to have tasted the bitter in order to recognize and appreciate the sweet. Honestly my favorite teaching experience yet.
And Sunday, as always was so amazing! I love everything that we get to learn on Sundays. At the devotional we watched an address by Richard G. Scott about...yep, prayer. I was sitting there realizing, the Lord is trying to tell me something. The things we teach our investigators are the things that the Lord wants to teach us too. Perhaps I'm just as stubborn with prayer as Kaya, and I need this too! I realized how crucially important prayer is to maintain the relationship with our Heavenly Father. It is just like I am having a conversation with Him, or at least, that's how it should be. I've been praying, but not nearly as much or with as much diligence and heart as I should be. And boy, do I need His help. I really need to do better with that. Sometimes we do not recognize the relationship that exists between us and our Heavenly Father (read the section about prayer in the Bible Dictionary) and then there is a type of distance that's put between us. Sometimes we think "He is not there for me, he does not help me" and we blame it on Him. When in reality it is us that puts that distance there. Heavenly Father will always be there for us, SIEMPRE. It is us that decides how close we can be to Him. It is our choice. So please, let's choose to close that gap between us and Him. I know that if we do this we will more recognize the love that God has for us and we will be more grateful for the many things that He has blessed us with. Look around you. We are so blessed. For me, I have a family who loves me and supports me in all that I do. I have a knowledge of the Lord, who also loves me and supports me in all that I do. I have a Savior and Redeemer who loves me and has suffered for me so that I can return to live with them again one day. Look at the love that surrounds you!! Love is so important, and it is so important that we express our love too. So family, I LOVE YOU! More than you will ever be able to know. Have an incredible week!!
Con MUCHO amor,