Monday, March 14, 2016

I am a Mexicana!

Hola familia,





The saddest part about all of this "coming home" is that I AM a Mexican... In a few days you'll know what I'm talking about. I have completely adopted their culture, and it's like getting part of my heart ripped out. I think I forgot how to speak english...

18What is my reward then? [Verily] that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. 19For though I be free from all [men], yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some. 
1 Corinthians 9:18-22

Chiapas will always be a part of my person for what I have lived, what I have seen, what I have done, and what I have had to pass through. There is much to say. I can say that it has been in the darkest moments when I have felt closer to my Savior and more grateful for what He passed through for me. It has been in the tiniest houses of tin and cardboard where I have felt so strongly the spirit that I could burst, and it has been walking in the streets of Chiapas where I have understood so clearly the gospel truths that will bless my life for eternity. It has been in my prayers that I have come to know what it means to rely on my Father in Heaven and in His Son, Jesus Christ. It has been in the pages of the book of mormon where I have discovered a burning testimony of the Savior's ministry here in the American continent. And it has been in seeing the suffering of others that has made me more grateful for what I have and where I was born. 

And it has been in my heart where I have been converted for this life and eternity.

This week we taught Manuel, he chose to go do visits with the Catholics on Sunday instead of coming to church. He says he still doesn't get an answer about the book of mormon. I think it's about time to move on but we also should be patient... We read with him a little more of the book of mormon and testified with power, I know he felt the spirit. 

This week we went to the computer lab with Sarita (the one who says her mom who passed away is always asking her for help and that she wants to leave from where she is) and we printed out her mom's name to take to the temple, along with 7 other family-members that she will be able to do the work for. She cried when the little temple square appeared on the screen under her mom's name and she kept saying that she thought it was going to be harder. We were over-joyed that finally her mom will be able to get out of the spirit prison once Sarita does her work in the temple. 

This week was satisfying, I am EXHAUSTED but I am so happy, we worked in our area, in Comitan and also in another part of Huitepec, here in Sancristobal with the hermanas in divisions. 

We are only the capacitadoras (sister training leaders) for the Chojolho zone, but we don't actually work in their zone except for exchanges with the hermanas or rescue efforts in their areas. But we support them in all their goals and activities, that is why you hear so much about their zone. We are going on Saturday to support them in their baptisms, I think they have over 20 ready to go. 

I want you to know family that I love you, that it is the most beautiful thing to completely lose yourself in the work of the Lord. I know that God lives and so does His Son Jesus Christ. I know that we can overcome sin, death, and weakness through the Atonement. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I have come to love the book so much here in Chiapas, and knowing that comes with knowing that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God, and that we have a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. He recieves the revelation from God and this is the ONLY church on the face of the earth with God's priesthood authority. The temple is the house of God on earth, and it's where we can be sealed as families for this life and for eternity. 

I love you family, I will tell you all of the times that God has protected me when I get home. And all of the good stuff. I am definitely ready :) 

HURRAH FOR ISRAEL and GODSPEED.

Hermana Cook 

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