Monday, December 13, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

December 13, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Man it´s been snowing like crazy here this week! Ok that was a lie. Admit it, I know some of you believed me for a second. It´s getting HOT and the tourists are coming in. Luckily, not that many people want to visit the smelly port. But we have been having fun with mom´s christmas package. And we´re not even peeking! Just opening everything on the day we´re supposed to. Thanks, Mom!
This week we´re just going to be getting Ismael ready for his baptism... He´s excited about it and so are the members. It´s been a long time since an adult was baptized in this ward. And then next I think we´re going to have a family!
We had another lesson with Vanesa and she told us that she read the Book of Mormon and prayed and feels like it´s true. She told us that she feels like God has been calling to her to come back to him and that she needs to make some changes. She´s still a little afraid to go to church because she knows she´s going to get baptized after that, but she´ll get there. The thing here is that EVERYBODY is Catholic. There´s a lot of social and family pressure to stay Catholic. But she and her husband and their two great kids are all going to get baptized! That just means that I HAVE to be here next transfer.
We had a great week and we can really see the miracles and the changes in peoples lives. We can also see the people who aren´t willing to make changes and how much harder everything is for them. Life with the gospel is just so much easier! The Lord has provided the way, we just need to follow him and then we can be happy FOREVER! Missionary work is amazing and it strengthens my testimony every day of how much everyone needs ALL the truth in their lives. Everyone. There is one truth for every person on this earth. And it´s there waiting for us. And there is always more truth to find. Through studies in school and in the scriptures, there is ALWAYS something new you can learn! So keep learning and growing!
Happy birthday to Baba (today!), Stephanie, and Nathan!!! (And anyone else I might have missed... haha!)

I love you all!
-Hna. LaPray

P.S. Apparently having only 7 months left makes the members tell me "¡aaa, falta poco, hermana!" That basically means that they think I only have a little bit of time left and they ask me more about home and school and boyfriends. Don´t worry, I´m not trunky.

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