Today (Monday June 27th, 2016) is officially President Egbert's last day as a mission president. President Kimball arrives later this afternoon, and the next era of the Misión México Pachuca will begin. Big stuff. Big stuff.
Meanwhile, we're still here in Mixquiahuala seeing loads of miracles.
First things first:
Nailed another baptism this week with Karla. She was the one who was baptized 6 years ago but was never confirmed. This time we got her to church, and finished the ordinance!
We don't have any for this coming weekend, but we'll have 5 the weekend after with the miracle family and the purple door I told about last week. They came to church, and they are still loving the gospel. We taught them tithing and fast offerings last night slightly fearing their reaction, but Adriana said, "so... Paying our tithing gives us big blessings... and if we give a more generous fast offering, we'll receive more blessings, right?" They were so on-board! They also asked us about the Liahona magazine, so we're going to give them some of the old ones we have in the house to let them read. Ugh. They're the best. I so hope I don't get changed this coming weekend. That would be the absolute WORST! Either way, I'm grateful for the six months I've had here, and while I'd like to stay for the rest of my mission, I'll go where I'm needed. I just REALLY hope it's here that I'm needed...
Over the course of the year and a half that I have been out on my mission, I've really come to discvoer and appreciate the importance of developing Christ-like attributes in our lives. I've seen the benefits of it not only in my own life, but in the lives of countless others as I and my companions have tried to help them develop said attributes. One example is Yamy. She is the daughter of a convert of just over a month (Martha for those who remember her). She has some... I'll simply call them bad habits that she has needed to break and had expressed to us that she wanted to break (language, anger, lack of patience, etc). All the while, however, the natural man within her fought us to maintain said habits. It came to the point where I simply wasn't afraid to bring the hammer down on her and tell her exactly how it is and why, causing her to grow angry before I brought the hammer down again telling her to control her anger. Through a very constant and unmoving effort, we have seen a rather large improvement in her, to the point where she actually accompanies the sister missionaries on a regular basis now. She expressed to us the other day that of all the people she has known, I am the single person who has been able to make her the most angry of anyone... but I have also helped her to control said anger.
Now, obviously enraging Yamy was not my intention (I'll admit it was fun at times...), but I have seen a great change in her as she has earnestly striven to apply the things we have been teaching her family. She still has some room for improvement, but she's working on it.
Through Yamy's example, I've really been able to see the changes in my own life that the gospel has developed in my life. I have been able to grow more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. Obviously I still have plenty of room for improvement, but that's the purpose of life. We'll never get to a point where we can say, "Yes! I've developed *attribute of Christ* perfectly!" We may be better in certain aspects than others, but there will always be things we can and really need to improve upon. That's the definition of excellence: not being satisfied with what we have already achieved. Rather, we should always look for what else we can achieve or improve without looking for excuses to stay as we are. We can be happy with the changes and improvements we have made, but we should never EVER be satisfied.
Iré y haré,
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