Monday, July 11, 2016

My totally legit Indiana Jones adventure! (Jul 4, Erin)

Minus any significant  ancient artifacts, but still!  

Okay,  so every cambio ,we get two p-days to go outside our area and explore wonderful Mexico. My companion and  I  decided on Cholula (Look it up!). You know that picture of the volcano here with the yellow church in front of it? Yeah, that´s where I went. The church is on top of a huge ancient  pyramid. AND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There´s a tunnel that leads through the pyramid and  I totally went inside and explored.  How I love adventures! It was pretty tight and there were a whole bunch of blocked of passageways with stairs leading up and down.  My companion and I were debating about whether parts looked more like something out of Indiana Jones or Harry Potter. According to my wonderfully trustworthy presidente  the story of the people who lived there  (I´´m assuming aztecs because of the art) is closely related to that of the Jaredites, but we couldn´t find the mural that talked about it. Any way it was pretty impressive and I have plenty of pictures.

Oh, yeah  I was gonna tell you guys about Speedy Gonzalez. So basically we saw a mouse one morning, went mouse hunting, found it living in the back of our stove, ran and got a mouse trap, and then when we got back that night  it was already stuck.  Now I really  hate those sticky mice traps because they just let the poor animal die slowly. When we got back he was stuck, but  still alive... and we didn´t just want to throw him away, companion taught me how to kill a mouse really nice and quick. Yep. 

Okay, also last p-day we went hiking up the hill that is nearby and it was super fun and I got to see my volcano, which I love! And I have pictures of that too.

Um....  We are working really hard with one family to get them baptized, but the parents have to get married first. They´re so close!!!!!!   They are struggling hard financially, but the dad just set up his own business selling oysters and shrimp (super delish!)  right outisde the capilla. This family is amazing and already keeping commandments just like that. They didn´t work on Sunday, and Andros, the dad, already is paying tithing. They are basically already miembros. And Jorge, their son gets upset with us that we can hug is little brother, Andrew, but not him because he´s 12 and his brothers only like 9 months.  Also, his mom told us the other day that he had a dream that I left the area and he didn´t get to say goodbye properly and that he got really upset. That about broke my heart. 
 Mi volcán :)

The really pretty but totally untrue church at the top of the pyramid

This is legit mexican food people. YUM!  chipotle is soooo good!

SO....this is the volcano again, because I can´t  get enough of it. But I think in this one you can totally see the smoke coming out of it! 

 We were bored

 AW, my first district  in the mish!

 Our ward mission leader, Hermano samuel is the bomb

New Mission President (Jul 4 Amik)

We met the new mission president and his family  this Saturday.    He was great and we went over 2 kings 5. How our area was the desert and was going to blossom like a rose like the scriptures said.  Also, one of the things we started for our area was a ward Email and this last one was about the Book of Mormon.   We also found a few good links that I  will include.  Also, for July we had a game day and some members from another ward feed us.  

Here is our message from he ward newsletter:

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you have a great day remembering the wonderful miracle of our nation. I have had great opportunities to share the miracle of the Book of Mormon and the blessings therein. These experiences have caused us to ponder often the countless blessings contained in just a few hundred pages found in the Book of Mormon.  
      As members of the church We often hear the Book of Mormon described at the "keystone of our religion" or, in other words, the central structural piece upholding everything we believe in. That's a pretty bold claim to have a book be the thing that holds it all together. How does ink, paper, and a promise hold up an entire belief system and lifestyle of everyone in the church? That question might simply be answered by the Book itself when one of the writers states " small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.  The key is to realize that the Book of Mormon is much more than ink, and paper.  It is more than history lesson. The introduction of Book of Mormon explains that It is a record of God’s dealings with ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel."  The doctrine of Jesus Christ, Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the  end.  The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation and as such tells us what we should do to have eternal life.  When we have trouble we can find safety in the Book of Mormon.  As President Boyd K.Packer said "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.” When we want to repent, we can study the doctrine and it can bless us, our friends, and our neighbors. 

Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”

In my personal life I the Book of Mormon to be a pure channel of revelation. You must realize that questions are healthy. Joseph Smith himself received many revelations in response to honest questions, that is why he read James 1:5 and had the first vision. Scriptures, teachers, and reason can help with a few questions, but only the Holy Ghost can confirm that God is real, that Jesus is the Christ, and that the Church is true.

"Whom do you know that would respond to your invitation to read the Book of Mormon? Will you invite them? Don’t wait." - The Book of Mormon, the Instrument to Gather Scattered Israel (C. Scott Grow, October 2005)

Happy  4th of July!

Yucaipa Zone with Dixon family

(Jun 27 Erin)

I love that  you guys had Mexican food for my birthday!  Let me tell you something, the food  here is completely different  from  mexican  food in the states. They eat a heck of a lot of rice and tortillas of course,  but they have spaghetti here. it´s really different  though  and it usually qualifies as speghetti if it has noodles and a sauce. Ha. the weird est thing I have eaten was chicken soup with chicken feet and chicken innards...not really sure what part, but it was nasty. 

We found a mouse in our house this week. And no, we did not feed it any cookies.  We  went and bought traps and actually caught it. There is a big long story, but I don´t have time.  I will just tell you that we named him speedy gonzales and  our ward mission leader calls it that every time he tells someone the story. 

I love you guys lots. Sorry  about the mosquitos.  I get to put repellent  on every day.  We have to be very careful here because  the mosquitos carry pretty nasty diseases.
Today I went on a hike and got to see my volcano! YAY! It´s so pretty. I will have to send pictures later. 

Hermana   Enright

Ward Party (Jun 27, Amik)

We just had a ward party Saturday. It was the first of a series of three parties that our ward will be having this summer, one per month. We had catered Mexican food and it was up at a member's ranch.  There were horses, chickens, geese, goats, a llama, ducks, and cows.  These parties are what we have been using to get in the door with nearly everyone we know, and some we don't, and we actually had a good turnout, despite all the people who we invited that did not exactly come.  Which was sadly all of them.  However, there are two more parties this summer and we did have a few people that told us that they could not make it to the first one, but would try to make it to the second one.   For the last three weeks we have been going around and giving out the flyers for the party and inviting people.  Nearly everyone that was already active members came, including recent move-ins.

Sorry that this is it, have a nice day!
I will do better next time