Guess who's a year older and wiser? This girl! haha Maybe not wiser but I'm definitely older. Or I feel old anyways (But that might just be from near 16 months of walking all day every day.) My birthday was actually really great! It started on Monday when our district leader brought a cake. And from there it just kept going :) My birthday actually turned into the weirdest day I've ever had in the mission. We even had to write down all the crazy weird things that happened... First was that the sister-training leaders showed up in the morning with a huge pie and to sing las Mañanitas (The mexican version of Happy Birthday) Later we went to a new neighborhood to try and find some people that we had found in the area book - and it was basically a ghost town there. There were a bunch, a bunch of houses - apartments like 3 stories high but with almost no one living in them. We met some pretty crazy people there (Including but not limited to a lady that yelled at us about how mormons take away people's coffee, another young mother that probably thought we were going to steal her newborn baby and just ran away from us when we offered to help her carry some of her stuff...)
And we actually had a really cool contact. We were walking down the street and I felt like I needed to look at the houses on the left side of the street. I looked over and saw an old man sitting in front of his door and felt we needed to contact him. We went over and he couldn't hear a thing we said. But then his wife came out of his house and started talking with us. She told us that her Grandmother had been Mormon and that she went to church a couple times with her when she was a lot younger. (Now she's about 75) It made me seriously think - Maybe angels give us references too. We've been struggling getting the members here to want to participate in missionary work - but I just got the biggest feeling that there was someone who wanted us to find her granddaughter. :)
From there... A lot more crazy things happened. Someday maybe I'll be able to tell you all more about it haha One other thing was I ate liver for the very first and last time. For the first time in my whole mission I had to do the napkin trick! I've been so good to always eat what they give me! But Liver is something I just cannot eat. (Especially since we dissected that in high school science)
The biggest blessing this week is that we are teaching a family! An amazing, amazing family! The Familia Moral Garcia It's a dad, wife (Juan and Maria) and their two daughters Heidi (9) and Diana (16) They are so great! This sunday they all went to church for the first time. They got there about an hour late but they got there. The daughters did NOT want to wake up but finally they said they got out the door and took a taxi but it took them to the wrong place and left them. Then they went walking to try and find the church. (Juan said that in the end it was okay because they needed exersize. haha)
But last night we had another lesson with them and we taught them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the spirit was SO strong. We really started talking about the atonement, and how everything is possible thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ. My companion was explaining repentance as like taking off a huge backpack full of rocks. And in that moment I just had the spirit testify to me so strongly that we don't just take off that backpack. Christ takes it off and puts it on his own back. He loves us enough to do that if we let him. We read Alma 36 with them when Alma the younger talks about his conversion. I would invite all to read and study Mosiah 27 and Alma 36 this week. And apply the atonement in your life. I've seen a great difference as I do it every day. It's what keeps me going with joy on days that I feel like I can't walk one more step.
I hope you all have an amazing week! If you forgot to tell me happy birthday, don't worry, there is still time. You can still repent. For those who told me on Facebook - remember that I can't see it until July but my email is always there ;) Haha No just kidding. But thanks so much those that sent birthday love!
(The picture of me and Hermana Ledek is us at McDonalds. Two white Americans eating McDonalds in Mexico. How original, right? But it was definitely a happy meal.)