Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Soo your never gonna believe this! The branch introduced is to a family from Italy. They literally had nothing. So everyone from the congregation donated something to them!! They barely speak any English. They speak more Spanish but mostly Italian and Romanian! They taught us how to make real pasta from Italy! IT was sooooo good!!! Who would of thought I would be speaking Spanish to learn about the people from Italy!! Their little girl taught us the colors in Romanian as well!! In this picture we have people that speak: English, Spanish French Italian and Romanian! How cool is that!!!
Well I cant really think of anything more to say other than I love you all! I am so grateful for this mission and for the support. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so real!! Have a great week!
Yesterday in Sunday school we were learning about the atonement and the teacher wrote 3 words on the board:
As he was talking the spirit revealed something to my mind that I had never thought about before. Jesus Christ says, come unto me and be perfect even as I was perfect. So let's start with the first part, Sin, obviously Jesus was perfect, but as he suffered in the garden of Gethamane he took upon him every sin that everyman and creature has ever committed. So he has paid the perfect price for every sin that we have and ever will commit..
Now death: He died and everyman on earth will die as well to follow his example. The same goes for the resurrection
And now Affliction: Jesus Christ being the perfect person had to suffer more than any man ever know and will suffer in the history of time. No us, being imperfect and even though we try our best to be perfect, there is no doubt in my mind that we were meant to taste of the same affliction that Jesus felt. And since we feel of that affliction like he felt, there is no doubt in my mind that we will also feel of the same joy, the perfect joy that he felt when he overcame it all.
It's all about the process. In English after we take the steps of the doctrine of Christ, faith repentance baptism receiving the gift of the holy ghost, we need to ENDURE to the end. I like the wording in Spanish better which directly translating states, "persevering until the end.
This week was really great! We found a new person to teach named Maria and her daughter. The are from the Dominican Republic. Oh my her Spanish is a completely different world!! And let me tell you the food too! She taught us how to make some Dominican food, let me just say its probably one of the best tasting things that I have ever had in my life!!! Plus I learned how to cook plantains! :) It is such a blessing to be able to work with such a wide variety of people from all over central and south America! We have seen so many miracles and experienced so many great things, there is never enough room to explain it all :/...
Miracle of the week: Elder Scot and I get to stay in Baltimore together for another transfer!!! The best thing ever!!
We had such an amazing lesson with well everyone. The spirit has been so strong here in Baltimore. So we made friends with one of the coolest famies. "The Ayalas" They invited us over on Saturday, and then again on Sunday so that we could teach the oldest sisters guy friend, quote from the lil sister: "Don't worry its a boo thang, not a thang thang"... Yep and she didn't even grow up in the city!! So they asked us to teach him. Really you don't understand how much of a miracle that is when a member family invites you to teach one of their friends! Best thing ever!! So we meet him he is a little interested but not too much. We talk and he just says ya no I'm not really interested but that's ok.. So then we go inside the whole family is sitting round about and we all are laughing having a great time getting to know each other so I say would you like us to share a lesson? She says sure!! So we share a lesson about the atonement! The spirit dropped upon the whole house like a bom! Afterwards he was excited and asked us for a pamphlet!! And another friend that was over was so excited about what she had heard and felt she asked for a book of Mormon. I have often wondered what type of missionary i am going to be after the mission because I know that being a full time missionary just won't be possible. This experience with the Ayalas really was a great lesson for me that being an example for non members and inviting them into members homes is such a powerful experience. Just by setting the example as members, we don't know how strong the impact of our morals has upon the non members. It may not always be their time but never be afraid to invite and set that standard in the home that you are willing to pray, bless the food have a lesson with the missionaries, and when the questions come, that is a blessing!! Thank you and I love you! Hope you all have a great week!!