Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 18, 2015- Week 11 in Mayorazgo!

Hey everyone! This week was super crazy, but oh so great!
Monday: Well, after P-Day ended, we went and visitde the Corona Family. They are in-actives and we've been really struggling with getting through to them the whole time I've been here. But we had a great lesson with them. Really, it was so great. We started out by sharing Mosiah 2:41 and we asked them what blessing they would like to receive from our Heavenly Father. They shared a lot, especially how they're seeing all of these blessings in their lives...but then we shared the umbrella analogy from President Uchtdorf ("Living the Gospel Joyfully" October 2014). We talked about how when it's raining, even if we have an umbrella, our feet can still get a little wet sometimes. When we're not keeping all the commandments, we will see some blessings, at least for a time. But in order to receive all of them, we have to take our umbrellas down. As we were explaining this...Hermana Corona started to cry and said that it all made sense. We saw the lightbulb go on in her and her husband. She started to tell us about their "spiritual umbrella" and that them not going to church or keeping other commandments is holding back their progress. It was absolutely incredible how the Spirit filled the room...I just felt overwhelmed for how much Heavenly Father loves them and wants them to be happy. It was a wonderful lesson
Wednesday: Conference with...Elder Pino!!! Whoo! It was so awesome! He is a really funny man, and super spiritual. The conference lasted about 4 hours, and I learned a lot. Hermana Stellmon started out by telling us to be the kinds of missionaries that our moms think we are. It was a really great talk. :) President talked about enduring to the end, and Hermana Pino talked about Humility. Then Elder Pino got up, and told us to pull out copies of our mission calls. He told us that even though they all said pretty much the same thing, Heavenly Father told us very personal and specific things in that letter, and promised us the blessings through President Monson. It was really great reading it from that perspective. He talked about how we can better fulfill what that call letter says, and especially the importance of know who we are as representatives of the Church and of the Savior. "The Lord knows that He wants to accomplish with each one of us. He knows the kind of reform He wants to achieve in our lives." (The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel, April 2015)
Saturday: We started the day out with a GREAT lesson with Isabela. We were able to find a lot of doubts and personal challenges, and we feel like she is really ready to recieve the Gospel. Then, we went to Zoe's and Emil's baptisms! Zoe is Yanet's daughter who turned 8 just barely, and Emil was an investigator of the other hermanas. It was a really great service! We did another musical number, this time "He Sent His Son" from the Primary Songbook. 

He Sent His Son

How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?
He sent his Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.
How could the Father show the world the pathway we should go?
He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may know.
How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?
He sent his Son to die for us and rise with living breath.
What does the Father ask of us? What do the scriptures say?
Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.
What does he ask? Live like his Son.
Sergio went to see his little sister's baptism and even sang the hymns! We almost wanted to cry when we saw him singing! And then, after the baptism, a miracle literally fell from heaven and into our lives!! Yanet's kids brought a friend to the baptism, whose name is Joshua. He's 13 years old, and after the baptismal service, he approached Hermana Perez and I and asked "When can I get baptized?" We both just stood there in shock. He explained that he's been to church 3 times, that he used to listen to the lessons in Yanet's house and that after seeing the baptisms, he feels like he also needs to be baptized! We have an appointment with him tonight, and we're hoping that he can get baptized this month, to help with the mission goal of 100 baptisms! It's amazing how the Lord listens to our prayers and blesses us. But it's always on His timetable and when we least expect it.
All in all, this week was full of spiritual moments and lots of learning. I'm really excited for this week, and I know that it will also be full of miracles and lessons. I'm so grateful for Heavenly Father's love and for the chance to share that love with the people here in Puebla. It is an incredible blessing in my life, and this week is going to amazing. :) Thank you for your letters and prayers. I love you all so much! 

Love always,
Hermana Smith

-Zoe's Baptism! 
-Hna Perez and I at the Zone Activity!

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