Monday, February 24, 2014

"Being sick isn't as fun when you don't have a mom to take care of you..."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos! 

Hopefully all is well with all of you. Im laughing right now because i just accidentally typed all that in spanish without thinking. So weird. I´m not saying that to be all like " im way good at spanish" but its weird and a little funny to me that im thinking in spanish a lot of the time now. We have english class that we are teaching and i tried to say a prayer at the beginning of the class in english and i couldn´t. I would get a couple words and then a spanish word would leave my mouth. I havent prayed in english in almost 5 months so its super hard fro me now. I cant even pray in my own language. How weird is that!

Well this week was a hard week but I also learned a lot. Sometimes it takes hard things to learn the lessons you need to learn. The reason it was hard was a combination of the fact that I was sick last week and also that it was impossible to find people to teach. A lot of last week consisted of just walking around sick in the sun and i was getting down on myself. Yeah some good things happened but overall i was just thinking about how many hours were left till it was time to go back to the panch for the day. What changed me around was a video. Villa Montoro B had a baptism and we watched one of those videos from the life of christ. A direct translation of the title from spanish is "I have resurected" or "he has resurected" but i think in english it is "I have risen" of "he has risen" As I was watching the last days and sacrifice of our savior my mind was changed. I was reminded of a talk from president Holland about missionary work to the missionaries. Basically what his message was was that, "Our path as disciples of Jesus Christ isn´t easy, because the path of our savior never was" I felt the spirit testify to me of the divine mission of our savior, Jesus Christ, and of how much greater his sacrafice was than my hard week. I felt motivated by this testimony to push harder and work harder because even if I´m not having all the sucess possible I´m helping the burden of Christ be a little lighter. The next day I was doing things with that in my mind and it gave me strength. I got a blessing of health from my comp and the other two Elders and then next day I was good to go. 

The good parts of the week: We finally taught gustavo the word of wisdom and we are helping him give up smoking and drinking right now and he is willing but it will be hard for him. Also we found a lady, Elba, that read the whole Book of Mormon, and has a testimony of it which is insane because a lot of people dont read here. The first lesson we had with her went super well and during the part where we talked about the book of mormon i had her read a scripture from it that talked about baptism and we commited her to be baptized march 15th right there so that was sweet. If all goes well we will baptize 3 people on march 15th.

Well hopefully this next week will be a good one! I love all of you and love hearing from you! keep writing!

Elder Whitaker

p.s.  It's so nice to see Ty is maturing a little/getting a little smarter.  He used to sneak up to an abandoned water tower when he was here.  We used to tell him not to, because he could get in trouble for trespassing, or get hurt.  Now Trey wrote him and asked him for the key...below is his response, plus a little more of our letter...

How are you all doing? It was good to get letters from you all this week! Trey you cant have the key! Now that I'm on my mission i realize how stupid that was. I i got caught i wouldn't be here right now and i don't trust you guys. plus the last time i took you there you freaked out

!I love all of you so much. (especially the pandas) This week was a hard week for me because of a lot of trials and i was sick and i had to make my own soup ;) nah who are we kidding i cant make soup. but being sick isnt as fun when you dont have a mom to take care of you.

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