My beloved family,
Felicidades to Chelsea and Danny! And especially to my sobrino (nephew) Connor Strong!! You go dude. When was he born? In August? That is the best month, after all... It is so good to hear that Chelsea is fine, I know God is taking care of our lovely family. Haley, let me know whats going down with your papers pleaseeeee. Caitlynn, I love you, but are you alive? And Reagan, You are awesome. I hope SMHS is a blast for you. Hope I didn't leave too many bad marks behind for the Knight's name haha.
This week has been great. I feel so revived really. Not in just this week, but I really love being in the mission. I honestly don't think there is anything better than to serve the Lord all day every day. My worries are His worries, my work is His work, my words are His words. When I got in the mission, I never imagined I would be so incredibly happy all the time. Even when something horrible happens, it doesn't really phase us because we know that it must be a part of His plan, and we should just go along with it, and make the best out of it as we can. Not to mention just how beautiful it is here, I love it so much. I took some pictures this week so that you can all know how beautiful it really is. Walking through the meadow to get to Ultimo Esfuerzo. Or just walking in the afternoon seeing an awesome sunset, I just had to take a picture. Reminds me of Dad alot, because I know you love nature and this kind of stuff. And its always around me, so I never forget about you. =)
We just got transfers last night, Elder Callejas is leaving. And Elder Marchant is coming in his place, we were in the same MTC zone together haha. I'm pretty stoked. But I'm also pretty sad too because Elder Callejas and I got along so well. But it will be the same with Elder Marchant. Speaking of which, he has convinced me to go with him to Comic-Con in 2013. He's way into comics and movies, but not in a nerdy way haha(what a miracle, eh). So we're thinking of taking a week vacation, hanging out in San Diego, going to Comic-Con, and then driving down to his house in Mexico afterwards so he can show me around. Its going to be legit.
We are just loving the area of Zapata lately. All of the members are just so excited and willing to help us with everything we need. Especially the hermana Adriana. She's the President's wife, and is always ready to accompany us to lessons, or help us to pass by for an investigator. In short terms, awesome. We call her our "secret weapon" because she is seriously such a great missionary. When Martha almost didn't get baptized last week, Elder Callejas and I stopped in the street and found a little corridor where we said a prayer to know what to do. We both felt certainly that we should call the hermana Adriana. So we called her and explained the situation and our prayer and she was more than willing to go and visit Martha. Long story short, Adriana showed up like the super hero with Martha for the baptism, and even had a talk prepared. She is just ONE of our many great members here in Zapata. I am so grateful for them, they really do understand the law of consecration, to the full level. Anything and everything for the Lord, and He certainly blesses us. (Picture of the family of Martha and Marco included)
In my studies this week, I have began to read the Book of Mormon over again, it gets better and better everytime you read it. I always find new things, even though I mark the crap out of my scriptures. This time, I even have a little chart that I fill out while I finish every chapter that says "Yo leí el Libro de Mormón" and my handy-dandy book of relatos of the Book of Mormon(haha). Its pretty cool, because while I read them together, I always think of ways we can teach the scriptures more simply and in ways that even kids can understand. And I always learn something amazing, siempre.
I wanted to share with you something that profoundly stuck out to me this week. I have been thinking about it alot. Especially since last week I did an activity in PmG about blessings we receive for living the gospel. It is found in chapter 11 under Promise Blessings..
"Sí, y también consideré que no podrían guardar los mandamientos del Señor según la ley de Moisés, a menos que tuvieran esa ley." -1 Ne 4:15
...it is so clear. First off, nobody can receive a blessing unless we keep the commandments (DyC 130:20-21). AND, nobody can keep the commandments, unless they first off KNOW them, or know what they are (1 Ne 4:15).
I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ, restored in its fulness, is upon the earth today. And it is true, it must be true. Our Heavenly Father has prepared His gospel within the organization of His church, so that we all might be able to enjoy the blessings that are available to us. Thanks to the gospel, modern day prophets, temples, and the Holy Priesthood we can all be blessed by His loving hands. This is certainly the great and marvelous work that He has prepared for us to participate in. Not only to stand by and watch, but PARTICIPATE! We can! As full-time missionaries, or if not possible, a ward missionary, or just a true disciple of Christ in everything you do. Everyone needs to KNOW the restored gospel is upon the face of the earth, so that they can all live God's laws and receive His blessings, including the eternal life. I love you all, do work.
P.s. Don't even ask about the picture. All I know is that it is GREAT! John Smith, Pocahontus, Flounder, pelicans, Jesus.. Yep. It all goes together just great =)