Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 14, 2014 (Week 87)

April 14, 2014

En el mar, la vida es mas sabrosa,
en el mar, te quiero mucho mas,
con el sol, la luna y las estrellas,
En el mar, todo es felicidad, ey!
[Must be a song, somehow...

At sea, life is more flavorful,
in the sea, I love you more,
with the sun, moon and stars,
At sea, all is bliss, Hey! ]

I'm going back to Veracruz! I'm pretty happy about it. I'm sad to leave los Tuxtlas and the people we have progressing, and the changes surprised me, because me and Elder Parco were working good together. We had obtained the famed compaƱerismo divino! Even though we were super different in everything, we were still able to pull something out! I'm gonna be sad to leave. I'm kind of glad to leave Elder Gomez. We are good friends, but not the best companions. He started to get on my nerves a bit. I really don't like trios...
The best, and most interesting part, is that I'm going with Elder Shearer. Gringo 9/13. no. me. diga. [don't tell me] The next time I see the President I'm gonna ask him straight up where he is getting his revelation, hahaha. Elder Shearer just barely left my zone, he was our district leader until he went to Reforma to be ZL, and there I join him. I'm happy to still be ZL. It's super stressful, and more with 15 or 16 comps, (compared to the 8 we had here) but I learn a lot and being ZL makes you be super obedient and makes you really repent and strive to find out what you are doing wrong to better lead the zone. It's a constant process of re-evaluation. It's a fun, but tiring process.
We were able to get Blanca in the water, but her dumb husband wouldn't let her come to church this Sunday to get confirmed. That sucks. But Mirta and Alexis were baptized. It was really cool. Alexis had to stay at home for the interview, so he was pretty angry he didn't get to go play, so he stayed downstairs. While Mirta had her interview, I went down to try to talk to him. For about 20 minutes he wouldn't even look at me or anything. I went upstairs, then I came back down, 5 more minutes. Nothin. Went up then down, and said a prayer. He had gone into another room and shut the door. I then had the idea to start singing hymns. I sang (much to my surprise, in public, and alone,) a few children's hymns, Teach Me To Walk In The Light and I Am A Child Of God, etc. and little by little he started poking his head out and then started walking about the room... and little by little started lighting up his mood. He gave me his Book of Mormon, and I took the one I thought was mine upstairs. He then told me that I took his book. I said how do you know? It doesn't have the post it. ahhh.. ok, and then he started talking and laughing and had his interview. It was a miracle at least. Pretty cool stuff! He wanted me to baptize him. Mirta too, but I thought Elder Parco would want to join in the fun. Boy was the water cold, but it sure was a good feeling. Mirta had made some really big changes in her life, and it was all because she saw in the Gospel a better life. She separated from the dad of the kids about 2 years ago and lost a year drinking heavily, but she is trying to gain back that year by making her family stronger, and when we offered her the Gospel, she almost leaped into the font. Piercings out, coffee no, boyfriend adios. It was cool to see her change. I guess she just saw the simple sweet joy we feel through the gospel. She wanted the fruit that Lehi described.
I ate 6 habaneros. Not sure why, Elder Tirado asked me if I could, and I said yeah. My pride said just do it. I had a few battles that afternoon and the next morning, but I came out victorious! That's the important part. I did divisions with Elder Lopez, the assistant again in my area, and we left Elder Gomez with a 18 year old, and worked. It was a good day. He said I improved a lot in everything since the last time we did divisions about 6 weeks ago. That's good. Because I really worked hard to get better! But he said I've improved. We bought Tacos (well I bought tacos) al Pastor that night, and I ate them the next morning and night. Saturday I went to bed with a sour stomach and fought a few battles that night, and Sunday I almost joined the Spirit World in Sacrament Meeting haha, But I had to get to church. I left with Elder Gomez to the doctor. Stupid stomach infections. They gave me a bunch of pills, and I gotta take em cause i dont have time to get better the normal way, (o sea, sleeping) I feel a lot better today, but i feel betrayed. My beloved tacos al pastor made me sick! that made me sad. haha. ill still keep eatin em though. they are too good to leave alone.

The best part about changes, there is a store called Chedraui select near my area i think. Legend has it, that mountain dew can be found in that store. lets cross the fingers and pray!

Gabi y Luis, they had their interview, and Elder Tirado, LD, said if you dont feel ready, get baptized when you want! Ay que error... people WANT to get baptized in months or years, because they dont understand they will never be ready! its a trial of faith! if we KNEW for a CERTAINTY that these things are true, where is the FAITH?? but they prayed and came up with the date of the 20/4/2014. we also found out that they really arent married, which sucks, because they said they were. Maybe thats why they werent ready for the 13 but just didnt want to confess they are living in sin, they also had a fight saturday, im guessing its over marriage. They had already separated once, and i think there is still a little bit of mistrtust. man. im said i wont be here for when they get baptized, but i know i did everything in my power to help them, and i know that counts for my favor, and not agaisnt me. Kind of a bummer, but its alright. Fechas para Elder Parco!

Well, i think its time to wrap up this epistola, love you all. I hope you are reading your scriptures and praying hard every night and moring. If not, like Elde Johnson said, ¨there is a word that begins with R: Repentance.¨ hahahaha. but in spanish he said it about 20 times like this. Hay una palabra que empieza con A: Arrepentimiento! ArrepiĆ©ntanse! jaja. 

Let us all repent, and strive to be more like Christ. Ive learned these lst few weeks im not even close. We all have A LOT of work to do to even be close to who he is. im glad i had to pass through trials to realize that. its only deepend my faith and my desires to get better. But we all have a life of devoted service to give to the Lord. Mom and Dad, hurry and pay off the house and get out on a mision. i worked with the only senior couple here, los Holman. They are great people, and they are here for 2 years as full time missionaries, and they love what they do. Im sure gonna serve like 3 times haha. It looks like fun! Love you all, 

Mortensen, Elder Conner.

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