Hi! My name is Sariah Cook! On September 17th, 2014 I leave for the Provo MTC! I will be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico for 18 months! I am so excited to share my knowledge of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and that they love us all with an infinite love!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
we are doing great here in the new area :) I love my new companion and we
are getting along really well.
So we have about 4 or 5 colonias (little towns) outside of our main town
that are part of our area. We set foot in one of them called "refugio" to eat
with a member who lives there. It was the first time that hermana's from the
church have set foot there. It was beautiful... the hermana that we ate with was
a preacher for the pentacost church for 21 years. Her story is AMAZING. She says
the earliest memories she has is preaching the gospel in the streets and all the
people would gather around to hear. She said that as she grew she learned the
bible from cover to cover. She said that when you enter the doors of the
pentacost church, you just get down on your knees and start to pray for 1 hour.
Everything is completely silent, and if there is a baby crying or making any
type of noise, you have to leave or they will escort you out.
She said that they went to a pentacost event with some Chinese people and a
bunch of pentacost-goers. ha ha. As you know, in the pentacost church they are
all about the holy ghost, and when they touch your head you have to fall over
like you were "influenced." ha ha I had a pentacost lady tell me once in the
street, "oh how i would LOVE to have you FEEL the holy ghost..." ayyy no...
weird. And so the pentacost hermana said to herself, i am going to see if i
really FEEL the holy ghost when they come by to touch my head... when they got
to her, she just stood there because she didn't feel anything... all of the
people cuaght in the act of falling to the floor... so she resigned as a
preacher and her son started taking her to our church. she loved it, and within
2 months the elders had her convinced and she was baptized. She has been through
the temple. she also told us that she loves the bible more than the book of
So this week we found a little hermanito named Justo, but he told us to
call him "colocho." ha ha. we laughed so much. this little guy is on fire! he
loves what we teach him. he asks meaningful questions, like, was satan disguised
as a serpent in the garden of eden? he is catholic and loves to go to church.
but he accepted a baptismal date for the 10th of october and asked us what he needs to do to be able
to be baptized. he wants us to stop by to teach him every day. he told us that
when he was little he wrote and sang songs to worship God and would sing them to
Him through his window. it touched my heart and really he would make a great
mormon. i think he is about 12 years old.
My poor former companion is in the hospital again.......bit by a scorpion!
the family who we found... well turns out the dad drinks a lot but the wife
wants to be baptized. she said she is willign to be the first in her family to
be baptized. it is so beautiful lessons with her because she accepts everything
we say like a little child. she has a lot of faith and knows it's true.
Hermana Zamora made these for my birthday!
thannks for the birthday wishes! i also went on that rope swing SUPER HIGH
at the wilkonson's, only we went earlier in the year and the water was FREEZING.
but it gave me a heart attack but i loved it.
dad i get reminded of your mission stories all the time- in my othér area,
they were always asking me to make brownies, i made quite a few batches. and
there are machetes to clean out all the grass- like those bush knives and they
croutch down to cut the grass
an hermano of the ward told me that the grand river here is the river sidon
and that captain moroni martched through these hills and i believe him :)