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The last few weeks have flown by and I feel like there haven't been too many stand-out things that happened, but we've definitely been seeing miracles every day, big and small. A lot of them have just been in getting put in just the right place and the right time to help someone who needed it, or contacting someone and having them have prior experience with our message and wanting to know more.
This week was good! I got to bear my testimony to some people we're teaching during fast and testimony meeting on Sunday.
Some people we're teaching:
Eduar and Delmi - They've been doing super great. They've come to church a few times and loved the "Come Follow Me" curriculum so far in Sunday School. Their kids love church and the other kids there.
Felipe - He's the one whose son's dog attacked Elder Winters. We went back over this week and the dog came down the stairs and tried to attack Elder Winters again. Luckily, this time he was prepared and fended the dog off with his back for a moment until it could be restrained. We're still both a little jumpy around dogs.
Cristian - Despite strongly not believing in God the first time that we talked to him, he's come to church more than pretty much anyone else. He didn't come this week, but has been in touch with us and had some good conversations with the members last week about some doubts.
This week's email is titled repentance for a couple reasons. The first is because I've been terrible at emailing and I'm repenting of that. That means that I'm going to stop being terrible at emailing and do better in the future.
Second: that's literally how easy repentance is. It's taking something that you can do better and changing it. It's better to prioritize the big things so that you can be a better person faster, but if we're doing that every day, we're getting closer to being perfect like Christ, and that's what this Gospel is about.
I had some thoughts about pride during my studies this week. I realized that pride isn't just believing oneself to be better than another, but is believing that we don't have any room to grow. It is believing that we are already as good as we need to be, and we don't need to improve at all. That's not to say that we're not already a good person, or doing good things, but just that if we believe that we've already fulfilled our potential then we're robbing ourselves of the improvement that we could have through learning and growing even more. Pride is believing that we either cannot or do not need to repent any longer. That can easily stop us in God's plan of becoming better and better until we can be like Him. It is also saying that we don't need the Atonement of Christ in our lives, because he atoned in order to enable usto repent and change.
I've learned and grown so much throughout my life and my mission. If I had just said in elementary school that I didn't need anymore knowledge, or any more maturity, I'd be missing out on a lot of things that I have right now.
I encourage all of us, whether it's something big or small, to pick something that we can improve on tomorrow and follow through. If we're doing that every day, then we're getting closer and closer to our Savior.
That's my testimony, and I share that in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
I'll do better next week, and hopefully have some better stories, but for this week, enjoy these pictures attached pictures of the Rainbow Unicorn Face Masks that Elder Winters and I did to unwind one night. And also the fairy lights he set up. We lifted too though to keep it macho. :)