Happy New Year loved ones!
Thank you for all your letters! Everyone seems super excited for 2015! I know I am! My companion and I have set goals (using the amazing guidelines in chapter 8 in PMG) and I am so ready to finish each day better than I started. God gives us opportunities, such as the New Year, to succeed, not to fail. I invite everyone to make goals, write them down, and put them where you can see them! Let's make 2015 an amazing year to let our Heavenly Father know how grateful we are for the lives we have.
Our New Year's Eve was so special! A little past 7 o'clock, with no appointment planned, Hna García and I followed our agenda plans and went to visit an old widow in the ward, Cuquita. Hna García was so inspired by her strong desire to visit Cuquita! Turns out, due to holidays and the business of life, Cuquita was alone New Year's Eve. The Elders had visited her earlier that day and had given her a blessing of comfort. Then, a couple of hours later, we visit her. She was so thankful for the missionaries that day, and Hna García and I were so thankful that the Lord was able to answer her prayers through us. I don't know how to describe the feeling, but we both knew that we were were the Lord wanted us to be for New Years. Hna Cuquita invited us to a humble dinner of cream of wheat (which was the best cream of wheat this world has ever known), and we spiced up the dinner by buying tortillas. We had fun meal of quesadillas, beans, salsa, and more cream of wheat. There was such a sweet spirit felt as we enjoyed our last meal of the year together with such a wonderful daughter of God!
We're teaching an 18 year old boy, Jehovany, who prepares bodies in a mortuary! So cool! He is full of questions and is progressing rapidly (which is fantastic). It was so much fun to teach the Plan of Salvation to him! No one knows God's plan for us as well as our church does, and we have loved helping him understand everything He can about this wonderful plan. We have made sure to have a member present in every lesson, so he now has a couple of friends waiting for him when he goes to church this week.
Funny moment of the week (and as always, it involves food): A woman in the ward asked us to help her prepare a turkey for her family for New Years. She thought, "let me ask the American sisters, they prepare turkeys every year!" haha.... ya.... neither of us are/were masters at preparing turkeys before the mission, but no one needs to know that, right? Hna García thought she knew what she was doing, and sent the member to buy butter, garlic salt, and a syringe (she said that her mom needles her turkeys with melted butter and salt, giving it flavor)...... All in all, it was a "fake it till you make it situation." The syringe didn't work at all, and we gave up with the needles (scary stuff to begin with) after Hna García put the needle in the turkey wrong, making the butter bounce off the turkey and land all over my face. The joys of the mission! In the end, and through miracles, the turkey tasted amazing. The member saved some for us (she had done some more stuff to it after we left) and gave it to us yesterday when we went to eat with her. Fun stuff!
Another funny moment: Before heading to the ciber to write you guys, Hna García made us quesadillas. Haha she forgot about them and they completely burned, turning black. It's the thought that counts.
I know this church is true! We had transfers yesterday, and I am so grateful that the Lord is letting me keep working with Hna García. We plan on making this next transfer the best transfer yet! We plan on working hard, praying hard, being as obedient as can be, and watching the Lord make miracles happen here in Macapule! Until next week!
3 Nefi 9:14