Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bueno, la semana mia... Dejeme pensar un ratito en que paso esta semana.....
(So annoying because this computer won't let me put accents on my words... ^)

Entonces, the week overall was a really good one. We had our best numbers by far as a companionship, so that was good. Still want more investigators though.... NEED MORE PEOPLE.
Right now it is currently raining and it is absolutely gorgeous. The rain drops on the library windows seriously is entrancing.
Luisa and Tracy are still sick, and they don't want to risk us catching it from them, so we still haven't taught them. 

So Monday, oh my heck let me just say that we are such a slow group of Elder's because P-Day cleaning time was the longest time of my LIIIIIIFE. When it finally ended I was on an exchange with Elder Cozzens and he is our district leader. Been out 21 months so he is good as dead as a missionary.... But he is still a super hard worker so don't get that wrong! What happened on the exchange is nothing exciting or good enough to tell because I will prolly never work with those people again so ya. Ha.

TUESDAY -> Still on an exchange. Did a cool little study on integrity though and I was really thinking about the word. An item with integrity is something that does what it claims. Are we full of integrity? Do we always do what we claim we do? Something with high integrity can deal w/ more pressure and not collapse. Low integrity items crumble faster and easier. Another word for a person with integrity is someone who is "upright". So I found a promised blessing in D&C for what happens if we walk with more integrity in our hearts: 100:15  Therefore, let your hearts be comforted; for aall things shall work together for good to them that walk uprightly. We are promised that all with work together for our good if we have integrity, we can be comforted and need not worry. When we exchanged back, Elder Thurston and I had dinner outside because it was a nice day, with Hermana Mendez! She made chicken so I was simply ecstatic. I was then playing sword fighting and spear throwing with her kids, just being a complete fool to be honest. Haha, I am such a kid! We then stopped super quick by BK to get Onion Rings because I seriously was craving them for some odd reason...... The night ended with us going by Luis Mora and sharing a message with him. He would be so solid if he could just come to church, but work holds him back so much.

Wednesday -> Pretty much a morning full of just trying to find people and not really being able to! We did teach a man named Esvin though, but he was just visiting and is back in Chicago, so no clue there! We then had a great lesson about the BOM with Hno. Alonso with our investigator Hilda. It was really really good and she seems super interested (more on Hilda soon). Then..... the greatest thing EVER....... Arturo and Ana (from Columbus, my second baptism!)  came here to the City to visit! We went out to dinner and just had a great time talking! It was so much fun and it made me so so happy! I sure do miss them! I am so grateful that missions give us this awesome opportunity.

THURSDAY -> Had to take the car in to the shop because Elder Cozzens says he thinks part of it is broken (?) We were there for two hours and they tell us they can't diagnose a problem because it was rainy (?) So that was weird. I then had the blessing to get to eat at Church's Chicken and it was delicious! We then had weekly planning. Blah blah blah. Dinner with the Alonso family and it was funny just talking with them! We then had a LARC with Hno. Rios and then also with Roman y Mercedes. :)

FRIDAY -> Zone Meeting! It was pretty good, learned stuff, the usual. What I liked from it was talking about bringing members to lessons and having THEM give the commitment to your investigators. It was something we have done a couple of times and we have seen it be really effective, so it was nice to have it affirmed to us. Then, the absolutely MAGICAL lesson with Hilda w/ Hno. Castellon in tow. Walk in to the lesson, not expecting much to happen. Just expecting a normal lesson, but little were we aware of the machine gun blazingly good member, Hno. Castellon, ready to bring Hilda to tears! (Okay so really he just used the spirit but it was great nonetheless!) She loved the Restoration, and we were excited to teach her again. Hilda has issues with diabetes, blood pressure, and possibly other things as well. She says the doctors aren't sure what's wrong with her, and they're trying different things with no avail. She had heard about (and seen) miraculous priesthood blessings, and she asked for one because things seemed to be getting rougher. As we gave the blessing, I could tell she had begun to cry. At the end of the blessing, she seemed at such peace, tears silently streaming down her face. All she could manage to say was "gracias" over and over. So thankful Hno. Castellon recommended that we give a blessing! After that we just went by Juan Diaz (Hilda's brother) to invite him to conference..... but he didn't come.

SATURDAY&SUNDAY -> General Conference! So they go together! The two standouts of those two days (besides the talks!) 1) Roman y Mercedes making Chorizo and Milanesa for dinner. My two favorites, IN ONE DINNER! 2) Teaching Francisca again and she just being SO awesome! 

Francisca came to conference on Sunday. We taught her an hour before the morning session at the church. She really loved the Plan of Salvation. She said the "stuff up to death" sounds a lot like what she had believed. She told us she liked the mercy that was shown in the Spirit World and Kingdoms of Glory .We called Hilda as Conference was starting, and she was watching it as she had promised! We called her at the close of the Saturday Morning Session, and she told us she had loved it and couldn't wait to hear more. I'm excited for Hilda to progress. She's reluctant to accept a baptismal date because "I don't want to commit to something I might not be able to do." In my opinion, she just needs a little more time. It would be awesome if she and her brother Juan were baptized together... We'll see. :)

Conference Standouts:
When Christ blessed the people he didn't just say "You are all healed, bye!" He did it one-by-one. He knows us personally!
It is essential that we are in the EXACT path that Christ taught because no matter HOW CLOSE we can get on other paths, only one will lead to Eternal Life.  Matthew7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Lot more thoughts, but I will stop there! Hasta la proxima!
-Elder Groseclose

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