Monday, September 29, 2014

The Shirt Off My Own Back

What a unique and powerful week. I can’t believe that it’s over well there’s no use looking back. We had divisions with the sister training leaders and I was freaking out because it’s hard to plan back up plans when your companion doesn't know any of the people yet. But the day went pretty bomb. I walked 3 hours in the area Progresso with Sis. Defranco from the CCM. We walked so much because they closed down the main road where the combis pass and there was a huge protest thing and people camped out. We arrived in the combi and got out and people started running after the combi to get on and the combi did a Uie real fast, hit the curb and floored it. With wide eyes we looked at each other as only one can when two white girls are in the middle of a Mexican riot-protest, we were like we are stuck here oh no!! We did get home though don’t worry. We had fun and we talked like no bodies business and then we were like why are we so talkative? And it’s because we miss English. I am probably going to vomit stories about billions of things when I get home.  This is a picture of 15 de Septiembre.
I was all over the colors; my companion wasn't nearly as excited. I just wanted to blend in so people would think I was from here. hehe. We found two less active young women this week and from contacting a castle. It’s like a place to rent for parties but it’s been closed down for years and my companion Sis. Gonzalez wanted to contact here and yeah I enjoyed making puns about rescuing the princesses. They were baptized when they were 8 and 10 and they don’t know anything and we invited them to the baptism of Yaneli and the women’s conference and one of them came and she though it was really cool and beautiful. One of our investigators finally came to church Irma Lopez and it was funny she just kind of nodded and agreed with everything. We taught the gospel principles class and one sister was sharing a bunch of experiences she has had with family History and yeah I was getting lost and this investigator doesn’t even know what a temple is...I was praying a lot. I got to lead the hymns in sacrament meeting and my companion gave a bomb talk on obedience. I have been progressing in my personal goals and we have also had a lot more success this week, there is still a lot of room for improvement duh were representatives of Jesus Christ how will we ever live up to that? But I try and I feel good. I really appreciate all the inspired letters from my beautiful Aunt Gena and Aunt Tiffany your letters are my rock on hard days. There is a super weird festival thing going on and it’s like 2 weeks long and last night there was a Catholic parade of a bunch of people!! It was sort of weird because idols creep me out especially Catholic ones and they had a bunch of them on sticks. Kind of like saint Fransico cabobs. Oh yeah The Baptism so Friday we talked with President and he said we’d put a program together for the baptism and we also talked to our neighbor whose son was in charge of filling up the baptism font and getting things ready BUT we came to see president when he said to stop by and his wife said that he was in another city and would be back super late and also the brother to fill up the font was also out of town and we couldn't get a hold of him and then Yaneli´s brother Fernando didn't want to baptize her and then the sister training leaders said that for their baptism last week there were no clothes in the closet where they normally are. And we were like GREAT well see what happens tomorrow we didn't know who would get the water ready who would talk in the baptism or what the program was and we didn't know who would baptize Yaneli and we didn’t know if there were any baptism clothes. We called and talked to everyone we could without any straight answers. We got there at 5 o'clock and everything was ready there were lots of ward members, there was a program and clothes and someone to baptize Yaneli we took a photo and she was baptized and sucked a bunch of water up her nose because she was a little nervous but super happy afterwords too. The baptism went so good her brother talked about faith and repentance and then another talk by Mario the second counselor about the ordinance and the Holy Ghost. Yaneli was super intent and I know that she is in it for the long haul she has made her decision and has had a lot of time to think and pray and she has a testimony. I thought a lot about my baptism and they determination I had when I was baptized to remain clean and to follow Jesus Christ my decision is still firm and I felt the spirit testifying to me of the importance of baptism to our Heavenly Father. Afterword the women’s conference was spectacular. I loved the emphasis of temples in our lives and the strength I gained personally from the conference and the impressions I received of some of the things we all need to be constant in in our lives. Sunday I was a little sad because Dennisse at the last minute went with her aunt to work the whole day. We have got to get the commandments down with this child. She has little support right now at home, but don’t worry were going to get her ready, she is a very reverent and special girl. We had the confirmation of Yaneli and the rest of Sunday Fernando and Yaneli gave us chocolate kisses it was super thoughtful. We had a huge announcement something that has been waited for for 14 some years. Tlahuelilpan is now going to beginning assisting its own place in Tlahuelilpan it has been super hard sacrifice for many to come all the way to Mixquiahuala but now were going to have our meetings here close to everyone and we can bring our investigators more easily and I just wanted to cry and shout for Joy!! Well that’s all right...oh yeah the caption I put : The shirt off my own back is because in the baptism of Yaneli. Her dress was super transparent we had white pants to put under but no shirt and I happened to have a white shirt on so I gave her my shirt. hehe I just thought it was funny because you always hear that expression I’d give you the shirt off my own back and I had the great honor. Until next week Enjoy conference ALL of It!! :)

Love, Hermana Mleynek

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