Monday, July 27, 2015

I Stand All Amazed

 So two things, I got really trunky this week when we were in an investigators house and Back to the Future came on.... :´c That`s the power of love.  And I got a blister from sweeping while we were doing service.    

   So this week while visiting a less-active member, she expressed that she has been feeling a little shaken in her faith due to the death of a friend.  And she posed the age old question of "why does God let bad things happen to good people?" and "why is there so much bad in the world?"  Now the typical answer is found in 2 Nephi 2:11which talks about the need of oppositioin in all things to be able to progress and have righteousness and all feelings.  But really just thinking about the goodness of God and the plan that he has for each one of us, there isn`t room to doubt.  Because thinking about the complexity of how he made this universal plan compiled of every individual plan that crosses, connects, affects the other, and how every plan has parts where the plan of another person is necessary, yet is benefits both.  It`s so complex and so perfect that we can`t even begin to understand it.  And when people think that bad things are punishments and ask God why, they really need to do one of two things.  1) Ask themselves if they believe in a perfect God or an imperfect one, because a perfect God CANNOT punish the innocent, for he would be imperfect in doing so, so they can accept that bad things are trials or consequences of another`s actions or they can ask themselves 2) what did do to deserve a punishment.  And I bet a whole lot more people will accept the first one because they don`t want to think that they did something wrong, they immediately want to throw the blame on God.  God is perfect and he knows WAY better than us what people need and we have ZERO place to question his doings.

Love you all!  Have a great week!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Waiting for a Rainbow

So a few things happened this week. 

 - I hit my one year mark.  I can`t tell you how I feel because my brain still hasn`t accepted it.  It doesn`t feel real at all.  But I ate some biscuits and gravy for breakfast and then had a normal day.


 - Ate McDonalds for the first time in the mission.....still not as good as Dairy Queen, but unfortunately, there isn`t that here.  You gotta take what you got. 

 - the Fam. Garcia has had a trying week.  The dad`s sister make a not so nice comment about the church to him and it really affected the mom, so we`ve been trying this week to help them get back to the basics of knowing if the BOM is true or not.  

  - It`s been a trying week, in more aspects than one.  



Monday, July 6, 2015

Let Freedom Ring!

  So Happy Fourth of July everyone.....on Saturday.  Even though I`m not in the land of the free, I did my best to remember the wonderful holiday (pictures below)  

    So this week was the finals of the Copa America.  This has been a real struggly probably in all south american countries because on the night of the game, EVERYONE is watching.  If you had appointments, you are either invited to watch or come back another day, but this week it finally ended.  Peru took third with Chile in first and Argentina in second.

   Another fun happening this week.  On Tuesday I open my drawer to see a cockroach scurry out and into the dresser, obviously being a calm, level-headed person, I panic, not because of the cockroach, but because it escaped and I did know how to reach it.  So we start trying to find it with a flashlight, but the drawers can`t be taken out, so my companion decides that the only option is take everything out of the drawers and tip the dresser over and lift up all the drawers to find it.  So we do that and the only way we can lift up all the drawers is with pamphlets of the lessons or dvd and books of mormon.  So we are there for an hour with a broom trying to find it and kill it, and to our surprise, we find a whole family.  3 cockroaches and two eggs that had been dwelling happily in our dresser.  Let`s just say that our house smelled of cockroach killing spray for a few days and the drawers still smell, but the cockroaches are dead.

     In spiritual news, the family that we are working with went to church yesterday and they loved it.  It was really a miracle because Thursday we visited them and talked about going to church on Sunday and the dad was a little worried because he had promised his brother to go and help him move on Sunday, so he said that he probobly wouldn`t be able to go to church, but that the next sunday he would. So we talked about the importance of attending church and proving our faith and putting God first. So he said he would think about it and give us an answer on Saturday when we came. So we go on Saturday and we get there the wife says that he isn`t home, so we are a little worried, but then she says that he had gone to help his brother move on Saturday so they could go to church on Sunday.  It was a happy time.  

Sorry it is sideways, can't get it to turn and load. 

I assume this is the bedroom, while looking for the cockroach!!