Happy VISIESTO everybody!!!!! (That's what they call Leap Year here :) )
Pretty sweet P-day to celebrate!!! We went to a museum and learned all sorts of stuff about Chihuahua's history. There were parts about the Catholic Saints, the mean Americans who kept taking their land, and the Mormons who settled Ciudad Juarez! Super cool stuff!
Also! This week we had a baptism!!! Hermana Monica Alfaro. I had the privilege to get to know her from the beginning of her experience with missionaries. She had never talked with us before. She almost didn't let us in when her son told her about us and how he had met us (she told us) because she was in a bad mood. But she loved the feeling that we brought. And, even more, she loved to read the Book of Mormon and the other things we gave her because of the sense of peace that it gave her. The most important thing to her is family. Especially after her husband died, her two kids are incredibly important. And now, she has the hope and faith that she can be sealed in the temple to her husband after a year of being a member. Absolutely incredible.
|Baptism of Hermana Monica Alfaro|
This work brings people so much hope, peace, joy, and happiness. The experiences had here are unlike any other that you can possibly experience. I love being a part of this work. We are as the Army of Helaman.
Scripture of the Week - 2 Corinthians 12:10 – “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: For when I am weak, then am I strong.”
How is it possible that Paul is rejoicing in his challenges?
The answer is in Ether 12: 27 -
”And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”
As we humble ourselves before the Lord, we learn that our challenges make us stronger as we put our faith in him. I would not be the person I am today without the challenges that I went through.
The Invitation is that we all find joy during the dark times and keep the faith that the sun will rise again.
Love you All! Have a great Week!!!
Elder Greenwood :)