Monday, December 8, 2014

HOLA FAMILIA!!




Boy is Mexico full of change!! These first six weeks we haven{t had a baptism, but the next six weeks are looking very promising. We need to teach Araceli (the momma from the rancho) a little bit more before her baptism. But her husband is going to baptize her!! We are hoping for the following week. And yes there is a baptismal faunt in the house of prayer where we have our baptisms.



Well I am getting a NEW COMPANION for the rest of my training (training lasts for 12 weeks). We just found out this morning!! I am staying here in Villaflores and my companion is going up by Sancristobal to be an hermana leader (capacitadora) I don{t remember what it{s called in english... sorry. And I am getting a new native companion and that means I have to show her all the ins and outs about this area and about our investigators!! I am so excited and nervous. I{m so sad to be losing Hermana Rodriguez, we have had so much fun working together. But I know with this change I can learn even more. She leaves tomorrow, TUesday the 9th of December.



This week has been an ADVENTURE!! We had intercambios with the hermanas in Tuxtla!!!!! I went to TUxtla for 2 days with another American Hermana (who speaks spanish really well) and my companion stayed here in Villaflores. I learned so much that will influence the rest of my mission! The Hermana I was with is Hermana Juliana. She taught me how fun contacting in the street can be! Those 2 days I was in Tuxtla, we contacted about 61 people!! When I came back to Villaflores I was so excited and on fire about contacting that I felt bad passing anyone in the street!!  The day I returned my comp and I contacted about 49 people. And in total for this week between the city of Tuxtla and Villaflores with Hermana Juliana, we have contacted about 202 people!!!!!!!! My companion says that she has never contacted that many people in one day let alone in one week in her entire mission!! It was incredible!! I have learned that no rejection is too great, no frown too sad, and no person not worth talking to. Every person is a child of God. I{ve been singing that since I was a little girl... 



I love talking to people!!! It was so much different during the intercambio in the city of TUxtla, because we were talking to so many people, and so fast, that I had one person all to myself to contact and no companion to help me with Spanish. Hermana Juliana was talking to one person at the same time I was talking to another. I didn{t have Hermana Rodriguez at my side ready to say what was needed. It was all me and God. And I loved it!!! Scary, and a bit of a rush, but I loved it!! TUxtla is HUGE!! It is a huge city, fast and loud, with lots of cars and buses and lights and sounds and smells. IT{s very different than Villaflores...I learned the best way to contact is to teach on the spot. I taught a man how to pray on the bus and testified that GOd is real. We had to rush off the bus soon after, but he was so grateful. He seemed so lost in his life and I was so grateful to teach him how to pray. IT was so fun!! THat{s the real test for my spanish right there...



Back to Villaflores... There is a member here who I love, and her name is Rosy. She is so strong in the gospel. She accompanies us to lessons, and God{s love for her is very strong. Well, she has a husband but he left her about 10 years ago to work in the US for money for Rosy and his family. Well, he never returned since and Rosy tells us that his calls became fewer and fewer over the years. A few days ago she found out that he is now with another woman. What a hard life she has had and a difficult time she has to pass through right now. She has children but the youngest is 22. She is so lonely in her house and it{s so sad. My heart breaks for her. Well, my comp and I went to visit her to comfort her, and I shared this scripture with her: Alma 26:12 (look it up). The spirit was so strong and she cried... I testified that the only person taht really knows her and how she feels right now is JEsus CHrist. My comp adn I cried with her and I just pray for her every day. 



The other day we went to visit Hermana Brenda (the member who has the husband who drinks) to find out that her husband Carlos is drinking again. It{s such a vicious cycle, and what a grip alcohol has on its prey. He says he{s going to stop and come to church but he never follows through. He tells Hermana Brenda that he would rather spend his money on alcohol than on clothes for her and his children. Well we told her to keep fighting. And I told her that for now, maybe all she can do is tell Carlos that she loves him every day. Because he won{t listen to her read the scriptuers either... She is such a strong woman. THere are so many solo moms here. It{s so sad. While Hermana Brenda was telling my comp and I all of this, some music came on from the houses close by and then we all just started to cry (well I did ha ha) This all just seems like a dream and I feel the spirit so strongly all the time. And when I was with this family I knew it was exactly where I needed to be. While the music was playing, it was as if it was orchestrating the life of this family if only for a moment and again I couldn{t believe that GOd has given me this opportunity to teach his children of Mexico. It{s magic as Doris Day would say... 



It{s very interesting teaching the apostasy here because the people here are in one!!! Literally!!! When they finally understand the apostasy it{s like they finally understand what state they are in (at least this is how I think of it).



Well, the ball is just starting to roll here in Villaflores, and in the next six weeks I plan to work with my new companion to baptize about 6 children of GOd. People are always changing here and I have learned that anything can happen in MExico, but this is my goal. I will keep you updated. 

 



I love you all!!! Gabby congrats on baLLROOM!! you look gorgeous and i{m sure it went great!!! I miss you!! Gracee again congrats on hallelujah!! DOn{t stop the good work!! Talmage I miss you.



Daddy I love you. 



Love,



Hermana Cook

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