Friday, December 20, 2013

The Gospel Changes Lives

Everything has been going really well here!! I am still loving every minute of it trust me I am. My Spanish is getting better still getting over the scared part and that comes with time. I am talking more and more because I understand about everything they say. But sometimes they throw me for a loop because they say it a different way than I have heard it before so then I sometimes give the wrong answer.. ha but all is well. It’s getting better trust me. :) 
Yes I did get your package with the pictures in them and the movies thank you so much!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE PICTURES!!!!!!!! I probably look at them every night before I go to bed for some reason.. ha if you want with the next package you can put more pictures... :) ha 
Well what has happened in my week this week. My letter is a bit later today because we had a Christmas Conference with the Capital missionaries. It was originally supposed to be with the whole mission but President got an email from the First Presidency that we are spending to much money as a mission so we had to fix some things. Thats what he said but I think that email was for all the missions in the world. Because there is no way that we could be spending too much money because you can get from one side to the other side of the country for less then 500 pesos and that is only like 10 dollars. So we had the conference with the Capital missionaries instead of the whole mission. I saw a lot of my friends that I was in the CCM with and so that was cool and it was a lot of fun! President asked if all the zones could do a 5 minute skit for the other zones to make it fun and we did one that was really interesting and we came up with songs from like Tarzan sound play, it was about Samuel trying to convert the wicked Nephites back to the true church. It was really fun and well put together. Our Zone Leader went all out with it and made it probably the best one there. I hate to brag but it was the best one there.. ha 
 Our investigator update...
I am just going to talk about one today because she has been the best one we had this week and we have had many experience with her that have been pretty cool. We have been having really strong lessons with her lately and been inviting in the spirit every time. But we were at her house on Saturday and we started off singing and saying the prayer like we always do and then we ask her about her day and week. She told us a story, I’ll do my best because it is not fresh in my mind. I dont have my journal with me (yes I am writing in my journal). I am going to kind of briefly touch on her past. She has a Special Needs daughter that is hers and her ex husband. They did not get a long very well because I will admit she is kind of a fighter and seems like she likes to argue (thats what I can see in her but I am not exactly sure). She takes care of her daughter and buys her everything and her ex husband comes over every once in a while to give her money but they always get into a fight about it and it never ends well. Anyway, she was telling us that for the past week she has been having dreams about asking her ex-husband for forgiveness. She has been having these dreams for the past week and she always put it to the side. Then she had it again the next night. Her ex-husband came over to her house Friday night to give her some money for their daughter. So she thought about the dreams that she has been having. When he came over, she respected everything that he did and stayed really calm.  Then she asked for some money so she can buy new clothes for her daughter for the new year. He quickly said that everything you buy for her I want a receipt back from you telling me what you bought her. She said in the past she would have quickly blown up because he has never asked for a receipt from her for 9 years and now he is asking for one. But she stayed really calm and said that he can just keep the money and buy the clothes for her so she doesnt have to deal with it. Shortly before he left she asked for forgiveness from all the things that she has done to him and from all the arguments they had in the past. I wish I could tell you the rest of the story but thats where she stopped with the story.
 I LOVE the mission because it is so wonderful to see people change right in front of your eyes and help them through everything and answer all the questions they have to offer! It is a wonderful opportunity and I think that every should go on a mission to see the Gospel change people lives forever and make miracles happen! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and it can change lives like it has changed this 28-year-old woman with a handicapped daughter. I have witnessed it first hand and it is true. We started to teach her 5 weeks ago and our first lesson she didnt really pay attention and was like almost disgracing the Church. She always looked like she was stressed and worried about something, never really took it into her heart, and would never really do the commitments that we gave her. Since like 2 weeks ago she has been doing the commitments and doing her nightly prayers with her daughter. We can see the difference in her. You look into her eyes and see that they are just peaceful now and stress free and loves her life and loves her daughter even more than she has!! It is just amazing to see the gospel change someone’s life!! I ask you guys at home to let the gospel do the same thing to you, think more about Jesus Christ and let his spirit in where ever you are and it will bless you and change your life. I know it can change your life nobody is perfect and everyone can use a little more gospel. Read the scriptures every day even if it’s just a couple of versus. He respects you and loves you so much!! He wants the best for all of us! He wants us to receive his gospel and endure to the end and we will receive eternal life¨ 2 Nefi 31:20 (sorry if its not exactly correct its translated from Spanish Book of Mormon) Heavenly Father is always with you he is your companion your BEST companion in life. He is always listening to your prayers. It might seem like he is not but I know for a fact that he is listening to your prayers!!! I love you guys and miss you guys so much!!! 

Te Quiero,
Elder Medrano

This kid is a missionary in the making he goes out with us from 2 tell 9.. every single week.. 

This is my Zone.. Ken and Zac yes that is Elder Gabler.. ha 

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