Things have been going really well down here in México. This last week el Gigante Espiritual and I have been working hard and teaching a lot of lessons. We had one lesson that has really stuck out to me thus far in the mission. We went with our leader misional to talk to a less active member and his mother. He
is a member but doesn't attend church and she is an investigador. He wasn't home but we started to talk to this Hermana. Her name is Catalina and is about 70 years old. She invited us into her house to chat for a little while. We entered the house and it was super dark and super messy. Turns out that her house doesn't have electricity, doesn't have running water, is full of rats, and they barely have anything to eat. We talked with Catalina and she has been having a tough time seeing the blessings of her life. She lives with her son and they are barely surviving in this world. Legit. She says she prays every night and gives
thanks for all that she has... which isn't much. The message we shared was that God loves her and that if we follow the steps of our Savior we can truly be happy. If we put God first the things that we need to live in the earth will follow. It was a very, very spiritual lesson and very humbling. I left the lesson feeling super humbled. I felt bad and sad for her and the conditions that she is living in but also I just felt terrible for taking my whole life for granted. I have had all the necessities that I need to survive all of my life... the thought has always been "What would I like to eat today" not whether or not I'm going to eat today. This experience was amazing to understand how blessed I have been in this life. There is a scripture that I love that talks about this topic. It is 3 Nefi 13:31-33. It talks that we shouldn't be worried about what we are going to eat, drink, and wear. But that Heavenly Father knows all of our necesidades (needs). And through searching for his kingdom we can receive all the things that we need in this life.
So something pretty different happened today. I have been Changed! I have finally left Tepatitlán. I am in a new area with a Elder Reyes. He has 3 months in the mission and he seems like a pretty cool guy. Things have been flying by and I was pretty shocked to find out that I have changes. I have learned a lot
over these 6 months I have had in the mission and am excited to take what I have learned in Tepatitlan and put into practice these things here in my area - se llama Buenos Aires 2. It's been a crazy day and I haven't gotten much sleep but am excited to be in a new area and serving the people here in Guadalajara.
Okay real quick. It's really cool to hear about Xochitl and her blessing. I'm sure she will be fine and she will always be Xochitl. No se preocupe. My shirts are good - the Kirtland ones are better than the ones from Mr. Mac. I love the pants from Kohl's. Almost all of my socks have holes in them. Peanut butter would be great for Christmas - Jif. You're right, the peanut butter here sucks.