Monday, November 23, 2015

Acción de Gracias [Thanksgiving] (Nov 23, 2015)

Shalom to all! How's everybody been slick doing YEET? Most should be quite happy being off from school because of the day of thanks this week. Haha looks like Elise already celebrated it! Oh you Peruvians! We had our ward thanksgiving party this past Friday and oh I love Spanish parties! The bishop in our ward is so fun and everyone just has a good time!

(YES ALSO HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GRANDMA TOO! Hope it's another fantastical day filled with happiness and joy and yes.)

As for missionary work, this has been kind of slowish week because it was leading up to finding out transfer info on Saturday. They decided they wanted to change transfers up a little bit this time, so they whole process will be a little different. In the past, the way they've done it is they've just made a pdf of who is going where with which companion and they send it out to the zone leaders to distribute. This time all they told us on Saturday was who was leaving and who was staying. They didn't say where they were going or who was replacing them, but that they are just leaving. Then on Tuesday at the transfer devotional, it is going to be kind of like a sports draft where they will call out a companion and say he is going to this place with this companion. So on Saturday, I found out I'm staying in this area for another transfer, but my companion is leaving. Which means I'll be leading out the area and will get a new companion coming Tuesday! Exciting stuff. So yesterday and today is being spent visiting people my companion wants to see before he leaves. Jolly Good Fun.

It seems like we had loads of possible lessons we could've had this week but the majority of them fell threw. It's okay though. I've come to study and accept that some people may not be ready to hear the
Alex & his cat "friends"
gospel yet, but that God's time is the best time. Although, there is this one couple we found through a less active member that we are co-teaching with some sisters. They are technically the sisters' investigators but the husband wanted us there too, so we come along and help teach. The wife already has a baptismal date set, but the husband is waiting until he is a little more ready. OH ALSO I found out I'm allergic to cats. Haha funny story (that I'll send a picture with). We were at a lesson with this couple and they have these little kittens that like to sit on our lap while we teach. So I grabbed one and started petting it and about 5 minutes in my nose started running and my eyes were watering and ya. I remembered that mom was allergic so I was like hey me too?! So ya good fun. 

Joshua 1:8 is this week's ponderizing scripture, picked by the one and only Cole Joyner.

8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

This scripture is basically talking about the importance of scripture study. Scripture study is crucial in the conversion process and is a huge thing we teach as missionaries. There is no way to gain faith or
a testimony of something if you don't put it to the test and read it. How can somebody say something is wrong or not true or doesn't apply to them if they don't read and pray about it with a sincere heart and real intent? We're promised in this scripture that if we do what the scriptures tell us, that we will prosper and have success. Why would we not want that? We're made a promise that we are going to be successful, if we follow this instruction. It's that simple. Sometimes we try and make living the gospel too hard, but like as it says here that if we live the commandments and what the scriptures tell us, we are going to be blessed.

So for Thanksgiving this week we have some fun plans! We have a service project pretty early in the morning, we're going to go play in the Turkey Bowl near the church, we'll probably try to visit a couple people, and then we have a couple dinner appointments! One with the Freebairns! Should be a good time! Sounds like the FAM is gonna have fun with Melon there!
Santa Rosa Spanish Missionaries
I just wanted to take some time to express my thanks, especially to my family and friends. Since being out here, I have become extremely grateful for everyone and everything in my life. Most importantly, I love and appreciate Mom and Dad and Dayne and Elise and Cole. I love you so very much.

Have a great week y'all!

Con Amor

Elder Joyner

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