Friday, July 29, 2016

Hola from the CCM! (July 21, 2016)

Hola everyone! 

I hope everyone is doing well, and you are all enjoying your summers! 

Last P-Day we got the chance to go to the Mexico City Temple to do a session. The temple was absolutely beautiful, and so was the visitors center. I loved the pictures inside the temple because a lot of the people in the picutres were Latino, so that was pretty cool. It was awesome to be in a session with so many missionaries. We received headphones so that we could understand what was going on, and it was just awesome! The bus ride was pretty cool too, lots of people waved at the school bus full of nicely dressed white kids as we drove by. I felt like we really stood out compared to the rest of the craziness in the city. I loved seeing more of the city, it is such a crazy place, but the people are very friendly!

This week my companion and I have had a couple of pretty crazy lessons with our investigators. Our first investigator, Camila (who is actually our teacher Hermana Martinez), is having lots of problems with her boyfriend. We decided that we wanted to find out more about her situation so that we could know how to help her. We really didn't have to ask very many questions before she ended up telling us that she's pregnant, and her mom is super angry at her for getting pregnana, and she is thinking about getting an abortion. We had no clue what to say. We had an entire lesson prepared about the Restoration, but it really didn't seem like the right time to share it. Instead, we both found a couple of scriptures to help her. We bore testimony that God loves her, and I think it ended up being a pretty good lesson. Now we just have to figure out what to teach her next time!

Another crazy lesson was with out investigator Mariano (who is actually our teacher Hermano Castro). We were teaching him about the Plan of Salvation, and when we got to the part about the Spirit world, he asked if we can see the Spirits. We told him that normally we don't see Spirits, because they don't have physical bodies. He proceeded to tell us all about how he sees Spirits all the time, in his house, whenever he does his homework. For some reason, his story struck me and Hermana Hirschi as incredibly funny. We literally could not control our laughing, we tried so hard to hold it in, and find some sort of response, but to no avail. Thankfully, Hermano Castro thought it was pretty funny, and so started laughing too. We were forced to tell Mariano that we would discuss that more next week, end with a prayer, and rush into the hall before we bursted out laughing again. It was definitely one of our more entertaining lessons, and now we also have to figure out how to make ammends for that next time we teach him!

This week two of the Hermanas in my district received Priesthood blessings from some of the Elders in our district. I was really glad that I got to be there during the blessings. It just reminded me that the Priesthood is so real, and how grateful I am to be surrounded by so many worthy Priesthood holders. Even though the Elders are a little crazy at times, it was cool to see how seriously they took the blessings.

Other than that, it is has been a pretty normal week. Gym time is my saving grace between sitting in classes all day. Hermana Orton, in my district, does a lot of cross-fit so she led us in some cross-fit workouts this week, which was pretty fun. We are planning to play district volleyball later today, which should be great as well. 

We had a devotional this week from the Area President, Arnulfo Valenzuela. I love this quote that he said "the best way to teach as the Savior did, is to live as he lived." I think that applies to everyone as parents, siblings, friends, missionaries, whatever. As we all strive to be more like the Savior, we will be more effective in our teaching, and we will be able to bring lots of people to Christ. Just a thought from this week.

Thank you for all of the emails, and prayers!

Love, Hermana Monson

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