Letter #70 2/06/12 The Temple!!
Hi all -- hope you're all well. Sounds like Matt's completely happy. He's
getting a new companion this week, and gets Napolean Dynamite as a comp for
a few days until then. Ha!
Dan got to "chat" back and forth with him for a bit when he emailed on
Monday since I was out of town, and apparently Matt's having more toe issues
(same toe), and is having surgery again next week. Dan had to fight just to
get that much out of him (grrrrr) so we have no more details than that.
Hopefully next Monday we'll hear more. At least the word "surgery" sounds
like he's planning on going to the hospital rather than some rinky dink
Mexican nail shop again. Anyway, please keep him in your prayers for the
next couple of weeks. I'm going to try hard not to watch those toe surgery
videos this week. Especially the one where his comp is filling syringes and
assisting. Yikes. Or where Matt's writhing in pain. Oh dear. This is
gonna be one of those weeks where we exercise our faith! Anyway, thanks and
have a great week! - marci
its been good to read your emails today. sounds like its been a great
week for all of you. i´m super excited for slater! thats awesome that
he´s doing so well with the drums! geez. and jack with lacrosse, man,
you two are busy guys!
this weeks been super good here in Cardenas. its been interesting
because we´ve been super busy all week long. tuesday we went to villa
for Mission Council (the zone leader conference) and it was super
super great. we reviewed the month of january. which ended up being
the second best month the mission has had, 193 converts!!! woot. and
almost all the companionships in the mission baptized which is pretty
neat! and they sharred some miracles that had occured in the
mission. then we talked about what we´re going to do to make febrero
even better, especially we focused on how to help the missionaries be
more constant. constant in obedience, constant in service, constant
in everything we do as missionaries. it was super powerful, we
talked about how important it its to have an eye single to the glory
of god, and have our mind and heart in the work. if we´re always
focused in our purpose it will be more easy to be constant in our service.
we talked about the need to give a report of our stewardship to the lord
every day, and every day repent, and finally we talked about remembering
and honoring our covenants. its was a great conference, i dont know why
but every time i go to these Mission Councils i leave with the most
incredible feeling, its hard to describe, its like being full, or satisfied
spiritually. i feel so much peace, but at the same time, desires to
get to work. i love it.
the conference took up all tuesday and wednesday. thursday we did
divisions with some elders from the zone that were struggling. friday
we went and did baptismal interviews in Comalcalco. and then stayed
there and helped the elders with an mission activity they were doing
-- they did an activity called mormon movie night, they had 3
different movies playing on projectors in the church, the
testaments, the joseph smith movie, and the emma smith movie, and
all the members came and invited investigators, they had popcorn and
drinks and everything, it was super great.
then saturday we went to the temple!!! ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! --
first time in more than a year. i was dieing to go. we seriously
dont understand how incredible it is to have a temple so close until
you live far away from one. the members here only go once a month.
but seriously it was so great to go. we did a session, and then did
initiatories for 2 hours. and watched baptisms. it was interesting
doing it all in spanish! ha. but the spirit is the same. and the
promises are the same. i felt the spirit as i remembered the
covenants i had made when i entered the temple for myself. the
promises we make are incredible, and like it says in mosiah 2-34 " I
say unto you, that there are not any among you, except it be your
little children that have not been taught concerning these things, but
what knoweth that ye are eternally indebted to your heavenly Father,
to render to him all that you have and are." we truly owe it to him
to give all that we have and are to his eternal purposes-- to bring to
pass the imortality and eternal life of his children. how blessed we
are as youth in the church to be able to give him all our energies for
two years without distraction. the work is incredible.
elder quiñones left yesterday after church, and right now i´m with
and elder beal from idaho-- he´s got 8 brothers lives on a farm in the
middle of no where and had a graduating class of 24, he even looks a
little like napolean dynamite, ha. but i´m only with him till
tomorrow when my new companion arrives-- elder lopez. i dont know
much about him but i´ll give ya more info next week!
anway its been a great week.
hope your doing well-- love ya´ll
the lady in the pic is a lady i intervied to be baptised, she´s like
73 years old