To sum up my week in a few sentences,,,,,
1. My legs are absolute jelly but ya already know they are getting yolked
2. I ate lunch with some old people
3. One of our recent converts (Romaldo) blessed the sacrament for the first time!
4. Nobody in our ward will give the Hermanas lunch because they are picky eaters (don´t be picky eaters people)
5. I sang a song in spanish about the capital cities of South America in front of 25 missionaries
6. I made a bunch of pancakes
7. I went to the temple!
This week, I did divisiones, with Elder Arzola, from Argentina. Late that evening we passed a woman that was crying, and stupidly, we kept walking, knowing that we should have contacted her. About 45 seconds after passing her, we both looked at each other, and we both said almost in sync, we need to go back. I was super nervous to contact her, but we went back, and asked her if she was ok, and she told us that she had been in an argument with her daughter. (off topic, but Marissa, Andrew, and Rach, before you argue with Mom and Dad just think about how much they have done for us). We taught her a super short lesson about forgiveness and we left. When we left she wasn´t crying anymore and I know that we had really helped her. Sometimes we have to do things that make us uncomfortable or things we don´t want to do. (Go clean the church on Saturday, go to a stake dance, give a talk, share the gospel, pray before every meal, study the scriptures to name a few). Holy cow though just think about how blessed we are for it. Think of all the people we have met at church! Think about all the times we have felt the spirit! Think about all the times we have been happy together because of church! We really are blessed more than we know and we need to show our gratitude and help other people be blessed too.
I really think one of my favorite parts of the week was eating lunch with the old people. One of the families in our ward owns a rest home for elderly people, and this last week, we had lunch with them. We showed up, and sat down, and throughout the course of the meal, the old people, most of them have completely lost their memory, kept on coming up to us and asking us really funny things. There is one guy that came up to me a solid 50 times and every single time, he asked me if there was anything he could do for me. This guy doesn´t even remember his name or where he is, but he just wants to help. I really liked that. If only we were all like that right?
Also, watching Romaldo, a 68 year old man who looks like Gordon B. Hinckley, bless the sacrament was incredible. We had a lesson with him this pass week were we shared the duties of the Aaronic priesthood (D and C seccion 20) and as he read them, you could tell he was a bit stunned with all the things he has the power to do now. During the prayer, he said, ¨Thank you for giving me this things to do. I know it is going to be hard, but I need to do them¨. That sentence was really powerful to me.
¨It is going to be hard, but I need to do it¨
All of us should think about that in our lives. We have to do a lot of hard things that we don´t want to, but have a lot of blessings attached. My invitation for all of you is to step outside of your comfort zone and do those things this week.
Love you all.
All of you go read 2 Nephi Chapter 9 verse 18 right now