I feel like quite a bit has happened in this past week, and I'm not entirely sure if I can say it all. For starters, I had a pretty nasty fall on my bike like an hour ago (on the way to the internet cafe), and may I just say I'm SUPER glad I took stage combat back in High School. They taught me how to fall and my goodness have I put that into action. The only thing that happened with my nasty fall was that I got covered in dust and a little shook up. I think my ankle may be a little beat up, but I don't want to take my shoe/sock off to find out... But yeah, stage combat. If you've never taken it, you should look into it. You can fall any way you want and know how to not get hurt! :D
Another thing I've really been trying to focus on is the quality of my studies in the mornings. I've been trying to study anything and everything I possibly can to be ready for anything that comes my way. After reading chapters in the Book of Mormon, I think about the people who can use the things contained in said chapters. When I read the Liahona, I think of people with whom I can share the stories and talks with. I've also been reading something Elder Niro showed me called El Día de la Defensa (The Day of the Defense) about two missionaries in front of a panel of religious leaders answering any and every question/doubt they can throw out there. It really is quite awesome the way these two missionaries answer their questions, and I recommend anyone, whether member of the church or not, to read the Day of the Defense and ponder the things that it says. It's about 63 or so pages long, but it gives scriptural evidence in the Bible of every last one of our beliefs/teachings. From the few pages I've read, it literally leaves no room for doubt. It isn't necessarily the best way to obtain a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but it's certainly a way to strengthen it and answer a wide variety of questions anyone may have.
I also had the wonderful opportunity this past week to do interchanges with our zone leaders. Elder Galo (one of our ZLs) was here in Presas about a year ago. so he most definitely wanted to come down here with me. It was one of the best days that I've had here in the mission field. Elder Galo has such an amazing level of spirituality, the likes of which I have seen in VERY few people on this planet. He knows how to teach and testify, as well as adapt said teachings based on the needs of the people listening. We had a lesson with a recent convert family whose father (Lauro) is going to be baptized next week. Lauro wanted to offer the first prayer, and he could hardly finish it because he began to cry. Following that powerful prayer, Elder Galo and I ditched everything we had planned on teaching and taught about the incredible power the Spirit can and should have in our lives, and everybody was crying in that lesson. Elder Galo was actually the one who started teaching their family a year ago, and they're so close to having every member of their family baptized. We now only need to work with their son Fernando who has a bit of a problem with alcohol. We'll see what we/the Lord can do.
Elder Galo also gave me some gossip directly from Sister Egbert. She told him that President wants me to train again here in Presas. I wasn't sure if I believed him because I thought I'd kill Elder Niro when he finished his mission after this next cycle. However, about 2 hours ago, we received the call to tell us the changes, and Elder Niro has changes. I don't know for sure if I'll be training, but I'll find out tomorrow.
Elder Galo helped me to realize that I not only can but I need to have a higher level of spirituality if I hope to be able to touch the hearts and changes the lives of the people down here in Mexico. I don't know exactly how I'll acquire such a spirituality, but I have decided to make it my goal to obtain the highest level I possibly can while out here in the mission field for the next 17 months. It probably won't be the easiest thing I've ever done (it will actually probably be the hardest), but I know that with the Lord on my side, I can do it.
Iré y haré,
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