Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017 ~ Transfer 4 Week 3


I little about the culture. Right now is what is called "rebajas" which is like Black Friday sale prices on clothes and other stuff but it lasts for like a month and a half. So on Preparation days head over to the malls and check out the deals they have =) I haven't bought anything yet =) also there are knife-sharpener men who blows a flute/pipe instrument thing (really loud) and then people come down and have their knives sharpened.

Also, for Día de los reyes, a holiday to celebrate the 3 wise men, we did an activity with the youth. We ate a cake called rascón and there is a Rey (king) inside and who ever finds it gets to keep it and wears and crown from the rest of the day. I found it haha 

There were so many miracles this week. We passed by a investigator and right when we got there he was carrying a bedframe out and we got to help him out and then had a great lesson. We have had a great week with investigators. One youth investigator is a sister of a member and she is so ready to be baptized. We had an amazing lesson with her and talked about what she felt about reading the scriptures, praying and doing the basics that help us better our relationship with God. 

We also had intercambios (companion exchanges) this week. I was with Elder Bataller (a native) and then we also had intercambios with the zone leaders (because my companion is a District leader). I learned a lot from both of them. I learned how to answer hard gospel questions in Spanish and how to help people find solutions to their problems. Like sometimes people don't "have enough time" to read the scriptures and I've learned better how to help them talk through their problems so we can find them a solution.

I've learned a ton this week. It's been difficult but I have learned a lot. I've learned about how much God really does love us and how important the Atonement, the act of Christ suffering for our sins, is for us even today. God loves us, He loves you. Our Heavenly Father did not leave us on our own. He has given us prayer and the scriptures  (His words) to guide us. Use those tools. Pray, read the scriptures, really learn to enjoy the time you have to strengthen your relationship with your Heavenly Father.

Love you all! Have a great week!
Elder Openshaw

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