Monday, June 26, 2017

We are daughters (and sons) of our Heavenly Father!

Crepes and Companions
Look who is celebrating her one year mark!
FUN WEEK--And I hit my year mark in the mission which I still can't believe. Time fliesss!

Oscar provided us with a lot of laughs this week. He is such a stud, so strong in his faith and his desire to endure to the end! What we have taught him in these past months are things that were presented to him for the first time-and he has lived many years. So a lot of new info all at once...and sometimes he stresses because he wants to have a perfect understanding of everything. We taught him about the priesthood, laying out pictures and stating about one hundred times in simple terms that the priesthood is the power of God on the earth. At the end of the discussion he looks at us with a worried face and asks, You want me to be the priesthood? we couldn't help but laugh.  He is doing well, preparing to, yes, receive the priesthood. Oscar has struggled to pray vocally, but has been practicing a lot recently so that it becomes more natural. He arrived at the church where we have our lessons and the moment we sit down, as we are talking casually and asking how he is, we hear "padre celestial..." and he is already bowing his head and praying. We went along with it. In his prayer he thanked God to be with the missionaries and to be in the "house of Jospeh Smith" hahaha we looked at each other with the look of, who taught him that???? haha. After the prayer he continued to tell us about how he had read the Book of Mormon throughout the week, reading in Alma about the Prophet Joseph Smith. We cleared it all up, no worries. But it provided a good laugh. 

We began to teach a young couple, Diego and Juliana, this week who have a 5 year old son. We had passed by their house many times before, and had talked outside of their house, on one occasion we had talked for about 40 minutes outside, but this week they finally invited us to come inside and teach them. We were able to visit them twice and teach both the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation, and we have seen a change in them. They are amazed at how what we teach truly makes sense, and they throw a ton of questions at us and are super involved in the lessons. Diego had told us a week or so ago that he hated churches, etc, and now he is intrigued and wants to learn more. 

We were blessed to be able to attend a young women's activity this week in which the Spirit penetrated our hearts. Upon reciting the YW theme, we truly pondered on the words, and were able to share our testimonies with the young women and the leaders about how personal progress and  the young women's program had helped us prepare for the mission and to enter the temple. We both got emotional in sharing our testimonies and we bore truth of the promise the Lord leaves with us in the theme. 

WE ARE DAUGHTERS of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. WE WILL “STAND as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9) as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:
Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and Virtue
WE BELIEVE as we come to accept and act upon these values, WE WILL BE PREPARED to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.
Sunset over Rosario

Hope you all have a wonderful week, that you remember you are loved, and that blessings come when we obey the One who infinitely loves us. 

Hermana Mathis 

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