Hi how are you?? I miss you all like crazy and hope you are all getting settled for the holiday season. It sure doesn´t feel like the holiday season here!! I´ve been sweating like crazy!! So I don´t know if you´ve seen on the news but Villahermosa had really bad flooding this last week. It rained really hard for a straight 24 hours. A lot of houses were full of water up to the second floor, it was INSANE!!! Luckily we are in one of the highest areas of Villahermosa and our area didn´t flood at all. But some other areas were really bad. Some people are still homeless and have lost the little amount of things they had. Its so sad to see these people suffer. Keep Villahermosa in your prayers. On a crazy note. We live by the laguna in Villa and it rose huge!!! It was overflowing everywhere. And the CROCODILES left the laguna and were just chilling out in the streets and in the park!!! It scared me SO bad. I was just walking down the street looking at the water up to my mid calfes and my companion yells at me and there was a huge crocodile just hanging out on this bridge by the laguna...I almost died! These reptiles just never leave me alone!! So scary!!
So as Thanksgiving is this week I thought I would share a few things I have become very grateful for while being here in Mexico.
1. Air Conditioning...no one has it.
2. Hot Water...again, no one has it.
3. Road Laws...no one has it...it is a death trap in the streets!
4. Garbage Men...thank you to all men who have that job, it is a stinky world without you!
Spiritual Things(the things that matter)
1. The Atonement of my Savior. I have never known my Savior more than I do now. I have never known of the one who is mighty to save. Both physically and spiritually. I have never felt so much strength nor so much love. I still don´t understand it perfectly, but I know understand of its importance in my life!
2.Having the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I have never felt the influence of the spirit as I have in my mission. It guides and directs me each and everyday and it is the one who brings success on the mission. This last week I saw the power that the Holy Ghost can have on the hearts of men. This last week, I saw a once Atheist say his first prayer. The spirit has never been stronger and I have never felt my soul so full of its happiness. It brought a tears to my eyes as I heard him plead that he may receive an answer so that he may have his family for eternity and as he put his trust in the Lord and asked for the strength to accept our message. It was a day I will never forget. The spirit is real and it softens hearts and people.
3.My family. I have seen the best and worst in the mission. I know they say that love grows fonder with distance, but I have never felt such a connection with my family. I love each and everyone of you and am so happy for all that you do for me. For your support and words of encouragement that come at the exact time that I need it. I love you all so much!
4.The knowledge I have. I have never known with more surety that this gospel is true. That we have the only truth upon the earth. That Joseph Smith is and was a Prophet called of God and that he has restored the truth in its fullness. I know that we have the evidence of the Restoration through the BOM and we can come to know our Savior in greater depth through the words which it contains. I have never been so at peace. I love this gospel.
The list could go on and on, I can´t believe I was so ungrateful before. Don´t take for granted all that you are blessed with both temporally and spiritually. I invite you this week to say a prayer, but in this prayer don´t ask for anything. Just thank the Lord for all that he has given you and I promise you, your eyes will be opened to a new kind of love. One that it is desirable above all things!
I love you all and hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Eat lots and enjoy the company! Stay strong and keep the faith! I´m so thankful for each and everyone of you.
with all my love,