Hola Familia! Hola a Todos! Y, Hola a FRIO...
Your latest weather update: double-layered fleece-lined tights are now necessary. Don´t even think about going out without gloves and a hat. Are you wearing enough scarves? Yep. It´s cold.
A TON has happened this week! I think Alma 29 sums up quite nicely "O that I were an angel, and I could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! ...But I am a man, and do sin in my wish. For I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me..." And oh that I were an angel and could share ALL of these great experiences and things that I´m learning with all of you. But, like alma goes on to say, luckily ALL of us get to receive help and revelation from our Heavenly Father- So one day we´ll all hang out and just share everything, okay? Okay. In the meantime, I´m VERY happy to be here in Bahía Blanca doing what I am. Mom, Dad, Grandma, don´t worry, I´m fat and happy.
The scripture also applies in another way to this week, ‘cause it was kinda a tough one in the side of finding people who make time to listen. But that is not at all to say that we didn´t find some, and we definitely have seen many miracles this week. The girl Camila that I told you about last week is doing well! She´s sharing what she is learning with her family, and she cried when we gave her the Book of Mormon. She teaches me so much about gratitude and humility, and about appreciating the small things that mean much. The poor thing was on bed rest this week by doctor’s orders to keep her baby healthy, but we´re all praying that everything goes well and she can come to church the next week.
We also taught a wonderful lesson to a young couple from Viedma. The husband, Mariano, is a percussionist- and we all geeked out for a while when he showed the Hindu "Tabla" drums that he found in some guys attic. Although at first he was a little nervous to talk about religion, music helped us break the ice and helped us to be friends first. It also helped to teach! The analogy came to our minds of the "piano of the gospel" or of religion. The majority of religions and people are all broken up, and maybe we even just play the same five notes. But when we open our hearts and begin to learn about other cultures and religions, we can find other notes to compliment the original five. Even if we love the five with all our heart, maybe there´s a whole keyboard to be found, and it´s worth it to look for it and learn to play. If you don´t like the music it makes, OF COURSE you can go back to the original five. We believe that there is one religion, one organization that has all of the keyboard. But here´s the thing, if we don´t listen, we´ll never know. If we don´t ask God, we´ll never know. We have to open our hearts to the rest of the keyboard. Open our hearts to the Holy Ghost and learn about these things. We missionaries are here to give sorta the "music appreciation" class. Teach the people and help them experiment for themselves. If they don´t like it, they can go back to the way they were before! If they do, they can continue to grow. I hope that analogy made sense... But all in all, what it comes down to, is that God answers prayer- even if it takes time, even if it doesn’t make a lot of sense at first. And I know that God want’s us to be able to find the whole keyboard- the whole truth of everything he has for us. This is His wish, and this is His work. So if you´re looking yourself, or if you´re helping someone else look, you can rest assured that God will help you in this quest.
Love you all very much! I hope you have a wonderful week! Remember to read the scriptures and pray and have family home evening! God bless you and keep you!