Monday, 25 August 2014

Do not be deceived...

Hi!

How are you all doing? We are pretty excited because Omar is getting baptized this Saturday! I am so excited for him and to see his progress from day 1, wow. When we teach him in the scriptures and ask him for his comments he gives super good replies and it feels like we are teaching a member because he knows everything now! It´s like he is teaching us! Haha.
Another awesome thing happened. On Sunday Familia Quintana came to church again! And this time the husband came too!! I found out they have been inactive for 10 years! So this week has been good :)
I also can´t believe that I finish my training this week. Wow time goes by sooo fast this week marks 3 months for me. Next monday is cambios and I think Hna Lopez might be leaving sadly! Gaaaaah I just don´t want to finish my training it makes me nervous! 
Another thing, I got sick Monday night. I was up all night vomitting blaaaah and we had to spend the day at home. The whole time I was thinking of how bad I wanted some of Moms arroz aguado. We then walked to a members home and she fed us soup that was similar to it :)
Just like Bina we too had a rainstorm. We were walking to the Bishops house and when it rains the streets are seriously flooded and we had to cross so many! My skirt was soaked to my thighs from running through the roads and watching Hna Lopez scream and freak out was hilarious. The first street we crossed she refused at first. And I was like ¨Hna, we have to. Just do it with me. 1 2 3!¨ And I ran and she watched and was like NO WAY! Then she finally did and I laughed at her but I´m sure I looked just as ridiculous haha! The water is super dirty so we had to change our tights, shoes, and skirts when we got back or else we could get sick. I wished I had my camera with me to take pictures of the roads :(
I am studying in Mosiah still. So much good stuff. But I left my study journal in the apartment. So sorry! One part I liked from the top of my head was Mosiah 11. How easily blinded are we by the things of the world? Sometimes the things of the world can be so appealing and misleading. In the scriptures it says that King Noah commanded that his throne and the throne of his priests be built with gold and precious materials so that when they taught, the people would believe their words and be easier to mislead them.
It can be so easy to focus on the things of the world and be so caught up in pride that we are slow to remember the Lord. We think the things of the world are worth a lot but in reality, no. Plain and simple, it is deceiving. Many times it can seem that way. And can get to the same point as King Noah who said in vs 27, Who is the Lord?
Are we really that caught up that we forget our Heavenly Father and that thanks to him we have what we have in this life? Do we have to get to the point where we will have to be destroyed or face the consequences of our actions to realize this? We know the only way to have eternal happiness is through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing else matters. Do not be deceived by the materials of the world. In JST 1 vs 37 it says treasure and study the scriptures so we are not deceived. We are promised that if we study the BOM, it will strengthen our desire to keep the commandments and increase our testimony of Jesus Christ. We will realize what matters in life.
Wish I had my journal to share my thoughts better on that!
I love you all and sounds like your keeping busy! Vicky that is so awesome you got to meet the General YW President, wow! And I say the same as Bina, Ten what the heck why haven´t you written me?
You are always in my prayers, 

Love

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 18 August 2014

cabeza y lengua..... ewwwww!!

Hola mi loca familia!

How is everyone doing? Dad guess what? The song Have I Done Any Good in the World Today reminds me so much of you and I ALWAYS vote for that song when we have to sing, my companion gets super annoyed but I know secretly she loves it too :) Also tell Brendan Come Thou Fount reminds me of him and we sing Oh Mi Padre like it and I love it so much!
This week we ate at a members house and the meat she fed us was super soft and tender. Hna Lopez asked what kind of meat it was and the member was like ¨la cabeza y lengua¨ (brain and tongue) oh my goodness, we immediately looked at each other and our mouths dropped in shock. EWWWW! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!
We found a family to teach this week. It was awesome because we walked into their house and Gilberto (father) was like ¨Okay! Everyone, turn off the TV, computers, and sit in the living room to listen¨ It was amazing. The Spirit was super strong and looking at the family listening reminded me of all the times our family would get together and talk about the góspel.
Also a miracle happened this week. The Familia Quintana have been inactive for 4 years, every missionary that has been in this area has tried to get them to come to church and they never go. We have been working with them as well and they showed up yesterday! It was so awesome I was so happy I almost started crying. The Lord has blessed us.
This week has rained a lot. We were eating with a member and it was pouring. There was so much lightning too and one ray hit right beside the house. It was crazy because everything was white for a second and it was so loud it hurt your ears. The power went out and we screamed cause we got scared. It was cool.
In my studies this week I have been reading more about King Benjamin. In Mosiah 4:11 and 12. How did it feel when we got baptized? Peaceful, happy, joyful, all those good feelings right? Well that was only a taste of God´s love. How can we be filled with his love completely? Remembering his goodness in our lives, and how unworthy we are but his lovingness towards us and mercy. When we seriously think this through, humbling ourselves, praying with faith, we will always rejoice and be filled with the love of God, recieve forgiveness for our sins, and grow in testimony.
If we are true followers of Jesús Christ we are told in Moroni 7:48 we will be filled with this love and be like him and purified. With this knowledge it allows us to understand the greatest example of love ever shown to us on the earth, was the Atonement of Jesús Christ. Then we will apply it in our lives and help other to have this love.
I love you guys sorry I don´t have pictures this week I will take some this week, this computer is super slow and the keyboard doesn´t work very well :( Love you all so much!

Hermana Blackmore

Saturday, 16 August 2014

we would do pretty much anything

Hi Dad!

How are you doing? That is crazy you went to Raymond to pick up Vicky already. It feels like the weeks go by so fast. In the blink of an eye its Sunday and then all of a sudden Saturday comes by. Where does the week go? 
I made my companion teach me lesson 1 in English and I enjoyed it because she made me teach it 3 times a day to her the first few weeks I got here so she totally understood how I felt and got frustrated not being able to say words in Spanish it was awesome. Also I have a Spanish verb conjugation book that has seriously helped me a whole lot! Words I´ve been saying wrong in past, present, or future tense and it has helped me improve a ton.
So last week we went to visit Omar and he wasn´t there so we gave a lesson to his Nana and nephew and at the end he came in and I was like ¨Omar! Good to see you can you please share you testimony with your Nana and nephew?¨ And he said yes very happily and sat down, it was surprising because he is always shy and doesn´t like praying in front of them even. This is how the conversation went between me and him,
¨Yes I´ll bear my testimony, whats a testimony?¨
¨It´s what you believe and know is true like in fast and testimony meeting when members go up and share theirs, listen I´ll share mine first¨
¨No I want to!!!¨
¨Ok¨ 
¨Yo creo que la iglesia es verdadero...¨
¨No its yo se because its what you know!¨
¨Ah okay! Yo se...¨
And he gave a heartfelt testimony it was so good and the Spirit was so strong!
We have gotten close to that family they are great and Omar´s Nana tells us to call her nana or abuela and says we are her girls haha she is hilarious I´ll attach a picture of me and her yesterday night. She asked me how the houses are built in Canada and I was like ¨Oh they are more sealed than here so that the cold air doesn´t come inside¨ and she was like ¨A poco! (Oh really!) Siempre es oscuro adentro porque no hay ventanas?¨ (It must always be dark inside because there are no windows?) Jaja que chistoso :) (Ha ha that's funny)
I love the words of King Benjamin. So much good stuff to learn in Mosiah by him. One part I really liked was in Mosiah 2 vs 36 to 39. Now that we know the gospel and the truth, there is no turning back. We cannot go back to how we were with this knowledge. We now have a responsibility to live it and share it. If we do choose to rebel the Spirit will be withdrawn from us because the Spirit of the Lord cannot dwell in unholy temples and we will have to stand before God with guilt, pain, and anguish. I like verse 41. The gospel is what brings us happiness. Why should we want to turn back? That would be crazy why would you want to give up that happiness, and for what? It says if we live the gospel and endure to the end we will be blessed with things temporally and spiritually here on the earth, and then, live with God in a state of never ending happiness. Wow. What would we do to have never ending happiness and never experience sadness no more? I think we would do pretty much anything, here in this world there are a lot of selfish people, and the natural man within us is greedy and wants things for himself. It´s sometimes hard to realize that the greatest happiness is the gospel. We are invited to come and buy without money and without price and feed our spirits, feasting on that which perisheth not, which are the words of Christ. Isn´t it amazing?
Yesterday at church me and my companion were pretty bummed out because none of our investigators came. We sat in Gospel Doctrine class at the front and when it was over the Elders came over and were like ¨Did you say hi to Omar?¨ We thought they were kidding around and told them to stop and not be mean and they were like no we are serious! We didn´t believe them and they left and then Omar came over and was like hey hermanas the Elders said you wanted to see me? Seriously I was so happy! And glad he made the decision to come because usually we have to phone him and make sure he has a ride, but he came all by himself this time :)
Well I love you guys and hope you are doing family scripture study, prayers, and family home evening. If not I ask you ¨Will you commit to reading the scriptures and pray daily, and do family home evening every week together?¨ 
¨YES!¨ 
Okay thanks I know the Lord will bless you if you do. I have seen it here on the mission. And whenever I´m asked to tell stories about my family I think of the times we were together, doing family home evening, or talking about the gospel. Those were the times we grew closer together and some of the best times we had. Please don´t stop okay? It´s super important. I love you so much!

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 4 August 2014

Getting up is what matters

Hello!

First I got to ask if you got my letter? I sent it like 3 weeks ago! Well this week was a bit hard. Omar decided to wait to get baptized and when he told us that I seriously felt like someone stabbed me in the heart and wanted to cry. It was so hard to hold in but I did because he would feel bad if he saw. So hopefully in time he will make that decision. We will keep working with him. We have other investigators but he is the one that has been progressing really well. 
I was reading in 2 Nephi 33 V2 and 3. Many people hardened their hearts to the point where the Holy Spirit could not dwell with them and were putting things of no value above what should be. This saddened Nephi. To the point where he prayed for them and literally cried for his people at night. He really understood the importance of the gospel and making that decision to follow the Saviour. He wanted them to make that choice and experience that happiness. At that time Nephi was old. He was going to die very soon. I imagine myself, being a leader of a people and close to my death, what would I want them to know before I died? Nephi, in desperation, proclaimed to his people to repent. In V5 he speaks plainly and harshly of the truth. I like how he said that the righteous will not be angry but those who sin and are under the influence of Satan will be because they know it is true and are allowing Satan, and anger overpower them instead of being humble and repentant. Then in V10 he states clearly that if we do not believe in his words but believe in Christ, then we will believe in his words because they teach all men to do good and are of Christ. V11, If we choose to ignore it, Christ will show unto us at the last day it is true. And Nephi will stand face to face with us and we will know he was commanded of the Lord to write the things he did.
We will be judged of our doings and actions and if we chose to follow God and his prophets. I like how plain Nephi is, he doesn't beg the people to believe him. Yes he wants them to believe him but how he says it is ¨I was commanded by God to write these things and if you choose to not believe, thats your decision, we all have our agency so go ahead and choose. But if you don't believe know that it was stand as a witness to you at the judgement bar and will have to answer to God.¨ 
I just love how blunt he is, he knew the things written in the scriptures were true, that he was commanded of God to write them. Now it is up to us. Part of it is not only believing but acting. Do our actions show that we we love our Heavenly Father and that we are striving to follow His Son? Of course none of us are perfect, we all make mistakes. But our loving Heavenly Father will always be there when we decide to do whats right.
I think of Simon Peter. He was an apostle of the Lord and witnessed so many of the miracles Jesus performed while he was on the earth. Even he needed to be reminded of this. In John 21 after Jesus died Simon Peter and the disciples decided to go fishing, not knowing what else to do. Then Jesus appeared and asked Simon 3 times ¨Do you love me? Feed my sheep¨ Do we love the Lord? How many times does he have to ask us that same question because our actions show otherwise? No matter how many times we have to be reminded, Heavenly Father will have the patience and love to remind us again and again. because we all fall short. But getting up is what matters and what is necessary to progress in this life. 
Well this month is the hot month of August. Yesterday I got out of church and my arms were stinging and we were only outside for 5 minutes but the sun was just beating down like crazy. 
Also it is the month of mangoes! All the mangoes on the trees are ripe! Alfonzo has a mango tree and we helped him pick the mangoes and he gave us a bagful, I was sooooo happy! I also now drink only soy milk, I got into the habit and I like it. At first it was hard but you get used to the taste and its way healthier for you. :) 
We work a lot with the members. There is a rule in all of Mexico that missionaries cannot go door to door contacting. They want you to work with members and involve them. Well not much else has happened, I love you all and am glad you guys are enjoying your summer! Until next time!

Hermana Blackmore