Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December 26, 2016 "The Day after the Christmas Phone Call"

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! It was so great to be able to see and talk with you guys! Everyone is growing up so fast its crazy!
Guadalajara Temple
Christmas Morning
 I'll do my best to try and update you guys about this week and maybe somethings I forgot to say yesterday! This week we actually had a lot of success even with the holidays. We were able to teach Elsa a few times this week! I think our biggest success with her is that we were able to have her kids come and sit down and listen to the lessons too. We were able to invite both her kids to be baptized with Elsa on  the 21st of January! We read the Book of Mormon with them at our last visit and it went really well. Everyone was able to participate and the kids had questions too. With Karen we were able to reteach lesson 2 and we left her with the homework to find the people she wants to talk at her baptism. It was super cute cause she started sending texts to the people she wants to speak at her baptism. She is super excited! We actually had a great miracle on Sunday! 

With it only being an hour of church we, of course, were really worried that nobody was going to go.... and really the attendance was a little lower than usual but we had the most less actives come yesterday to church then I have had my whole time here in Guadalajara! Such a tender mercy (:As a Zone on Friday we were able to go sing in the mall! We went and sang Christmas songs in Spanish and in English and we actually got a lot of peoples' attention and we made a ton of contacts with everyone doing their last minute shopping! Here in Mexico all the fun of Christmas is the 24th. We did not have any plans this day and we were super worried that we were gonna be stuck in the street all day doing nothing. So before we left the house we said a prayer that somebody would invite us in to spend some time with them haha. And the first house we went to was super happy we were there and invited us to help them make pies!I know it probably sounds silly but it really was such and answer to our prayer! Then this family invited us to eat with them too (: I told my family about this yesterday but my testimony of prayer has really been strengthened these last few weeks. God really is there listening to our prayers we just have to have the faith that he will answer and he will. On Christmas we had a very good busy day! We opened our packages, went to church, ate at a member's house and the we got invited to go to our president's house and have a small little Christmas celebration.

I love our Mission President!
It really is such a special thing to be around so many missionaries on Christmas! There is nothing else like it! (: Again I hope you all had a great Christmas and ill talk to you next week!

Awesome tanlines!

12 Days of Christmas

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 19, 2016 "So Many Miracles, Just in Time for Christmas!"

This week we have seen a ton of Miracles! First we were able to have our Mission Christmas party on Tuesday. We had 2 zones come together... there were 68 missionaries in one church. It was super fun. Each Zone was able to put on a small skit.My Zone (Union) danced and lip sang to one of the Christmas songs that the assistants picked. We ended up splitting into groups and each group had to make little decorations and plan how they we were gonna act out our part. It turned out pretty good and funny (: You guys can see the video when i get home haha.
Then on Saturday we had our ward Christmas party and you guys wont believe it.... we had 8 Investigators come!!! My comp and I were running around like crazy people introducing our investigators to the members. One of our new investigators is named Elsa and has 4 kids. We have only been teaching her for about 2 weeks now but she came with all her kids and I think the cutest thing we saw was how the kids in the ward made sure that the kids of hna. Elsa felt included. Some of the members were shy to try and be friends with our investigators but the best example we saw of missionary work was of the kids in the ward! Our recent convert Ximena has been a member for almost 2 months now and never left the side of one of the kids of hna Elsa. They were also able to come to church!
We got her kids all put into their classes and after we were able to talk to them and they said they really liked their classes! My comp and I heard Elsa's little boy ask her if they could come back to church tomorrow too (: She had to sadly tell him that he had to wait a week to come back to church (: She has a baptismal date for the 21st of January! We are gonna work with her kids too so they can all be baptized together! She has family members that are members of the church and has assisted before in other areas. She told us the other day that she wants her kids to grow up with the values that the church has and that she knows this gospel can help her have a better life! Keep her close in your prayers (: We finished Karen's lessons this last week!!! We are now just going to do an overview of the first three lessons because she received these lessons back in August. Her baptism will be on the 7th! It has been an amazing week for us. We have been able to have some really powerful lessons filled with the spirit and for this I am so incredibly grateful. Thursday and Friday we were able to have some muertos ( people that are finishing their missions) in our house.
And it made me realize how quickly the mission really does just fly by. I am at a point right now that I can't even see myself going home,  It feels like I've been in the mission forever but at the same time the months have flown by. I am so grateful God called me to be a missionary and even more that I am able to be here in Mexico. I have such a strong testimony of missionary work. It really does change lives. I love you all and hope you have an amazing Christmas! I can't wait to see and talk to you guys on Sunday!!! (:

-- con amor
Hermana Acor 

Mexico celebrating Mary's Birthday

12 days of Christmas presents from home