This week has been excellent! Elder Gallegos and I shattered my personal mission record for lessons (56), new investigators (23), and new baptismal dates (3). We were hoping to have more people at church/with baptismal dates, but that's the mission life. People tell you "primero Dios, voy a la iglesia (God first, I'm going to church)" and then they have a work commitment and put God second. I'm really trying to not lose faith in the people of Mexico, but it's really hard when you have 15 people tell you they're going to go to church, and there are 2 of them actually there. Hopefully as we consistently mention the importance of going to church, people might make the connection that it's something important.
I feel like as the year moves further from the heart of summer, the hotter it gets outside. I've felt so gross in this past week as we've been running around everywhere sweating like swine. I won't even get into the way my shirts look at the end of the day. I'll just say I had quite a bit to wash today.
One thing President Egbert has had us focus on this past week has been our personal studies in the mornings. Instead of simply reading a bit in the Book of Mormon for an hour and calling it good, I've been working on reading and studying a lot more. I began studying the book True to the Faith, which is pretty much a dictionary of the basics of the gospel. It contains rather basic doctrine, but I'm actually learning quite a bit from it. I started only this past week, so I got to the Atonement rather quickly. I'll just say that my goodness, there's some good stuff in there about the Atonement. It has always been one of my favorite topics to study, and I spent 3 days studying it in True to the Faith. Scripture reference after scripture reference diligently searching for any and every tidbit of information I could find about the Atonement. I felt like I was doing the quick version of the way Elder Bednar told us to study the Atonement, but I was still learning a lot. To summarize everything in the few brief sentences I have time for, the Atonement is absolutely amazing. It is infinite in more ways than we can imagine. It affects everything in every place and every time, and we can apply it to every aspect of our lives to make ourselves better and continue on the journey to perfection. It is only through Jesus Christ that we may be made better, and in the last day, be made perfect even as He is. I could go on for days about the miracle and blessing it is to know that Christ is my savior and redeemer, but I will simply recommend Jeffrey R. Holland's talk "Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet" from conference this past April. Absolutely incredible. And with that, iré y haré.
Elder Mitchell Mark Groesbeck
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