Family and Friends,
My time working in Ixtlahuaca has come to an end. I have loved my time here and made a ton of lifelong memories. I am super grateful for the opportunity that I had to work with the Ward and do what I could to help them become stronger. I can honestly say that I left the área better than I found it!
This week in Ixtlahuaca finished up awesome! We baptized a woman named Yosi. She has a pretty cool story. About a month ago we contacted a small family in the Street and they didnt have even a Little bit of intrest in learning about the góspel, but as we always do we asked if they knew anyone that we could visit that might be interested. They sent us with a woman named Ana. When we got to Anas house she basically said that she had no interest in learning either, but she told us to come back the next day and see if her sister in law wanted to learn more. Well, her sister in Law ended up being Yosi. She is great, she goes to church every week, reads her book of mormon, and is going to be a great member of the Church. he family has basically rejected her, and dont want to talk to her for her decisión that she has made to follow our Savior Jesús Christ. Its tough to see how hard satan Works when people try to do the right thing, but all he does is help us become stronger people.
Other awesome thing that happened this week is that Elder Nash from the Quórum of the Seventy came to the mission! He is living in Centerville right now and I actually played basketball with his son Spencer Nash, so it was cool to be able to talk to him. He is super powerful and I learned a lot in the short time that he was here with us!
It was super hard for me to say goodbye to all the wonderful people we are teaching and especially the big family that we are teaching. They are great people and are passing some serious family problems. it was tough to leave but I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to be a part of their conversión. All seven of the kids are great and are going to be terrific missionaries one day!
I just want to share my testimony of the hidden blessings that the Lord sends to us and how everything we go through is so we can become stronger and have the ability to bless the lives of others. I am 100 percent convinced that every single trial that I have passed in my life has only prepared me to be able to help all of the people that I have come in contact with so far in my mission. I have seen so many people that have experienced or are experiencing right now so many things that are similar to the life that I have lived. I know I am here for a reason and that the Lord is allowing me to help others.
The other day I was thinking. "What is a blessing?" and I came to the conclusión that a blessing is something that the Lord has given us that can help us to help other people or allows us to become stronger. Its not something that makes life easier. I have realized that every single trial or difficulty that we have is a blessing from the Lord. It allows us to become stronger and also allows us to help others in the future. I know that my savior lives and loves each and every one of us. Trust in the Lord and he will help you with whatever your problem may be.
I love you all and hope all is well.