Hey there! Not much to report this week so I won’t be writing a novel like I usually do.
So to start this week off, we weren’t able to work much because Carnival was too crazy. The time we WERE out proselytizing, two women ended up cornering me and dumped two huge buckets of water on me…so that was….dank. (that’s not slang. dank means wet.)
Anyway! Some of the elders here are learning english and so far they are really good at yelling at me “take a shower” which is RIDICULOUS because I shower every day now…. -__- They also say “sit down” and “i’m hungry”…you know. Those are the most important things there are to say in English, right?
Later in the week…we were teaching Vicente, our investigator of twoooo months….and he was telling us how he had to go to the mountains to get this plant. He has diabetes and lots of other health issues, but he said this plant is great to lower the glucose level and he sells it to diabetics. He ripped off a tiiiiny piece, smaller than a fingernail, and told us to try it. Usually you put it in a pot and boil it with water but he wanted us to try it. I kept telling him we didn’t want to, but he was super persistent…sooooo i ate it. It tasted like a reeeal nasty pill and I spit it out ASAP. Hermana Zaragoza did not, however….then we went along our way! We ate lunch and by the time we got to our next appointment, we were EXHAUSTED. We could barely stay awake to talk to her so she gave us bread and juice…but dang. I don’t know if that’s what happens when your glucose level goes down, but i imagine it makes you tired and exhausted because our exhaustion came out of NOWHERE. Later that night, my comp had been throwing up all night. sooooooo i will not be accepting leaves of any kind from anyone anymore..sketchhhh. That was pretty bad on my part, i guess. 1. We are not diabetic. 2. It is a plant we have never heard of. 3. He has to go find this plant in the mountains and he sells it. 4. you normally boil it in water so it isn’t so strong.
DUMB DECISION. Kids, don’t do drugs. Really though. That was really stupid and I won’t be doing that again.
English teachers here can start teaching english after they’ve studied for only two years. That must be the reason why learning English here is so hard.
This week I have been able to study a lot more because we haven’t been able to work very much. I realized how incredibly important it is to read modern day words from the Prophet and the 12 apostles and the 70. It is modern day revelation and we need to know what they are telling us. They are inspired of God and Thomas S. Monson can literally talk to Heavenly Father face to face…I think it’s pretty important what he has to say. Dedicate sundays to going to church, reading your scriptures, and read the Ensign. You will see a change in your happiness throughout the week, I promise you.
Here in Ibarra in my branch there are about 70 people at church each week. There are over 400 members. We are working really hard with bringing them back to church. We visit them and teach them all the missionary lessons and get them to start coming to church again and have an interview with the president (bishop for a branch), and they are considered “rescued”. Our mission president considers this just as important as a baptism. Aaaand…drumroll please….we were able to rescue 8 people this week! And we will rescue four more this week. But you know what brought these people back? Someone visiting them. Someone showing them that we care about them. Once they got to church, there were friends there to welcome them. That is what everyone needs so badly.
Think of a friend or family member you have that isn’t going to church anymore. Why did they leave? There are plenty of reasons…read Elder Uchtdorf’s talk “come, join with us” and you can pick and choose their reason. But regardless of what happened, if they have a friend, they will come back. Visit them. Let them know they are loved. Share scriptures or spiritual thoughts with them. Strengthen their testimonies. Pick them up and take them to church. Show them love. Be more Christlike. That is what they need. When people feel abandoned, alone, afflicted, hopeless, or unwanted…they need support. Take the initiative and help them NOW. It isn’t hard. Jesus Christ reached out to those who were in pain or rejected or sick or blind or broken or alone or whatever reason you can find under the sun for someone to be in a state of sadness…and He reached out and healed them. Not only did He at times heal them literally of their affliction, but He provided words of comfort and showed them His love for them. Sometimes that is all someone needs.
I challenge every one of you reading this right now to think of a friend or a family member or just a person you know of that is in a state of sadness, and go serve them. Give them your help, your time, your support, your advice, and most importantly your love. You will feel the love of Christ work through you and you will become happier and more humble in life. It’s a win win situation, so take advantage of it now. You want to see a world of peace? Act on it. You can’t just sit back and hope your whole life. Make a change in who you are and what you do and go lose yourself in service.
Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “Never permit yourself to become a weak link in the chain of your generations.”
We avoid becoming that weak link by serving others and losing ourselves in the love of the Lord. Losing ourselves means we become more meek and charitable and we are more concerned about the welfare of others. That is how we should be, and service is the medio por la cual cambiamos esta caracteristica en nuestras vidas. Queremos mas amor y mas ayuda en nuestras vidas…queremos mas apoyo y mas felicidad…sirva a los demas y les prometo que encontrara estas cosas. Pero hagalo con fe y desarrolle la humildad.
Have a great week! Love,
Hermana Dunne 🙂