Soooooooooooo this week was pretty rad. I might even go as far as to say it was SUPER rad but lets not get too crazy here yeah? I just love all the little things that happen during a missionary week to make it awesome and some bigger things as well.
This past Wednesday we had the sickest opportunity in the world to hear from.... Elder Holland! Yeah, I was legit about to lose it when I found out. I have known about this for awhile, but since I am a brat I decided not to tell you guys until now... HA! :P His talk was so powerful. There were a few breaks and bumps because of the translator, but other than that it was really great. We all thought he was just going to come in and burn us all, but luckily, that didn´t go down. He talked about hypocrisy,(I have no idea how to spell that) and the story from the Bible where Christ curses the fig tree. He talked about how out of all the things the Lord hates the most, (there is a whole list of them in "The Miracle of Forgiveness"), the thing the Lord has the biggest problem with is hypocrisy. It is the very first thing he said to Joseph Smith in the First Vision, "They draw near to me with their lips but, their hearts are far from me." And like the fig tree, that looked like a fig tree, had leaves like a fig tree, has the name "Fig Tree", but didn´t give figs, is what made the Lord curse it. And so we, as missionaries or members of the Church in general, can´t just say, " I am a member/missionary" but we need to do things that members/missionary of Christ´s true Church would really do. It was a great talk. It always is from Elder Holland. My favorite talk ever is by him actually "Safety For the Soul" from the Nov 2009 General Conference. If you ever have any doubts about the Book of Mormon, read that talk and they will disappear.
We also had some great work this week. We had another awesome baptism this week of a kid named Moises(Moses in English) and I will tell you what, he sure parted the water when he got baptized! Even though we aren´t getting out as much as we could, the Lord really is blessing my comp for the sacrifices he is making. He really has a lot of pain in his back but is always willing to push just a little bit harder. He is going into the hospital today to see what will happen with him and I hope everything turns out okay.
I also had another really nifty thing happen in church this week. We have this investigator Daniela, who is the sister of one of our recent converts and she is so awesome. Legit just true daughter of Heavenly Father. She is 25 years old and a single mother of this adorable little 7 month year old baby girl (my sub for the amazing bundle of joy Tan and Brik will soon be having) and both of them are just always so happy. And I was holding the little girl while we were singing the closing hymn, which of course was Families Can Be Together Forever, and I just couldn´t stop smiling to save my life. In those few moments with her in my arms, her mom enjoying church, singing my favorite primary song, looking over and seeing some of my best friend recent converts, being in the coolest, most amazing country/city in the world (besides Logan), I can honestly say that I was filled with joy. I was just unexplainably, is that a word? happy. This week was just awesome. That is all there is to it.
Once again, you guys also had a solid week back in good ol´Utah. I am excited that I will be calling home to you guys very soon and we should probably start planning a time, right? I would love to skype again if you guys are down. I am excited that Hailey will be coming home soon. I love hearing about all the little missionary things that are going on back at home. It is good to know that the work is still booming. I have also been liking the Harry Potter pics from Ian and Mom. Did I tell you that I speak snake with my Branch President here? So funny. I think when I leave I will bear testimony like that. I think this pretty much covers everything, but once again thank you all for your e-mails they make me happy. Mom and Dad always just out do me on the spiritual side though... I´ll try harder next time. Have a great week.... I LOVE YOU!! Elder BIG DEAL Ps. Aliens are real.... read Hebrews 11:34 and you will know what I mean.