Monday, May 18, 2015

Pride and Prejudice :)

Dear family,

I love you all so much! What an honor it is to be part of such an amazing family who lives and applies the gospel! Thank you all for being such wonderful examples to me! Also, for those you aren't part of my family, I love you all too!

The heat is coming back to the mission and we got to feel it this week. Oh, the joys of humidity and heat rolled into one! It's still cool in the evenings, but there will come a point when it's 95 degrees or above throughout the night. We haven't turned on the air conditioning yet and are happily sleeping in 80-90 degree nights with our fans :) 

We got to go to a meeting this week with the Mission President and it was awesome! We were with missionaries from all over Sinaloa, from people who have one week in the field to elders who are now seasoned, and it was amazing to hear the opinions and testimonies of everyone! We focused on miracles, working hard, and the importance of inviting people to be baptized in the first lesson, then we got to practice and put all we learned to use. I was a "member-present" for the practices, and it was so great watching and learning from others. This work is so inspired! I can't believe that the Lord has entrusted His youth with the marvelous job of saving souls!

We have been working with many part-member families this week and saw some great progress. Many came to church and we have much faith that Heavenly Father will bless Macapule really soon. Hno. Gonzalo came to church with his son, Emir! Gonzalo has the same humor as my dad, so it's always fun to have him in our Gospel Principles class. Lucila (a former investigator/a friend for life) amazed us as well when we were inspired to pass by and she shared her testimony with us. There will hopefully be more information about her in the future. What is said in D&C 58:2-4 is so true!

We've made it a personally goal of ours to focus on helping the leaders of our ward. Sadly, out of pride and prejudice, many leaders have become inactive in the past in Macapule. We have former Mission Leaders, members of the bishopric, Stake leaders... all decided to stop coming to church a couple of years back due to their personal issues against others. To stop going to church is the same as jumping out of a boat during a storm! We've been praying for the ward and have seen many miracles with the less actives recently. There have been Family home evenings, visits, ward counsels, and it seems to be working! People are coming back one at a time. But, we want to do so much more, and we can only do that through the Lord's help and inspiration. We're going to go with the bishop to visit some people, and we will continue to help break down walls (but not literally, that would be counterproductive). The Lord has so much in store for His children and it's amazing to see Him prepare the hearts of all the wonderful people here.

We tried giving service this weekend by teaching a member how to make donuts.... they turned out awful! Tristes nosotras, we had no idea what we were doing. They were dense and little.... we're going to repent and re-teach the member with a different recipe.

We also gave service to the ward this week and helped decorate the cultural hall for mothers day... I blew up so many balloons! Then, we gave more service on Friday and helped the bishop's wife... we blew up around 200 balloons! I'm so sick of blowing balloons!

That's it for this week. I love you all so much! Stay safe! Eat well!

Hermana Zubeldia

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