I just went to the temple for the first time in eight months and it was AMAZING! The spirit and power I felt were powerful! It was too much time to be away from the temple, but that just made the experience that much sweeter.
My new area is different than Ixtepec. It’s a lot more modern here than there, and the culture isn’t as strong. But one thing I really miss is singing hymns over here; half the time we don’t even have a piano.
Opening the area has been fun! We have found a lot of people to teach, and it was a big blessing to start the first week here like that. Oh, speaking of singing, we found a family and one of them can sing just like Celine Dion. She sang The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli and it was amazing! It sounded just like her in real life. So hopefully she can help the Ward out that way. My studies are getting better, and I am learning a lot more. I am going to give a class this week on the Atonement, and I am super excited to teach. I think one of the best ways we can hasten the Lord’s work is to first have a better understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the mercy and grace we can receive from it. It’s also important to realize how vital faith is. If we want to see how much faith we have, we just need to look at how obedient we are and if we are being obedient out of love for the Savior.
Love all of you! Read, pray and keep going to the Temple.
Sorry I didn’t get to write yesterday; I was on a bus transferring to a new area. I am now in the city in an area called Los Angeles with Elder Zapata. They just barely put both of us in the area, so we are trying to find where all the members live. I was in my last area for 6 months and I loved it. I didn’t want to go, but I know the Lord wants me in another area.
We had a baptism the Saturday before I left – it was crazy. We ended up conducting the baptism under the stars in a trough where farm animals drink – it was awesome! As it turns out, we got to the church and there was no electricity, so we had to go to a farm where we could perform the baptism. It was dark out and there were about 30 people with us for the ceremony. We sang a hymn, performed the baptisms, and closed with a prayer because the wind was really strong and we were all cold. It was an experience!
I finally get to go to the temple this month – I’m super excited!
Love you all!
Here is Christopher’s weekly update along with a note he sent to Becca and to a cousin, Jake, in response to Jake’s questions about how he was enjoying his mission and what he had done to prepare.
Sorry I haven’t been able to write. We performed service last week on p-day, and when we made it to the Internet cafe, the computers didn’t work and we ran out of time. I hope the New Year is going well for all of you! We had an amazing day yesterday! We had a great day at Church with all of our investigators; the testimonies were really good and the investigators loved it. After a class that the bishop taught, one of the investigators that we haven’t even taught and two others asked when they could be baptized! It was amazing – I love hearing that from people.
Fasting here is a really good experience. it is amazing how the spirit fills you with a desire to serve and treasure up the Word of God. After a day of walking in the heat and sweating, you don’t even think about food or water – just about the gospel and how you can help others.
Sorry – I read everyone’s letter from last week so I don’t have much time to write. I love you all! Go to the temple and read!
Thanks for the letter, Becca! That’s cool that you are running track. I wanted to do track but didn’t have time and the meets take like 5 or 6 hours! Get into some long distance running and when I get back we will run some races.
That would happen (it snows all winter and stays) when I am gone and we don’t have a ramp in the backyard! I love the snow but I am starting to love the sun more and more because that’s all I see here. This Saturday we are going to have the dedication for the new Church building they are opening here in Ixtepec Centro! I am excited because we are going to baptize a family the day of the dedication, so they will be the first baptisms in the new church. I am really excited for that day! Take advantage of the temple – that is so close. I haven’t gone for almost 8 months because its too far away. How is the other Provo temple coming along?
Jake, how are you doing? It’s great to hear from you! Mexico is amazing; super hot, but amazing. The food here is so good and the people are friendly.
You ask a really good question. What I did before my mission is my friends and I had a study session of Preach My Gospel one day a week. We would read it and study it together Sunday evening. Also, I went to the temple often. Jake, there is great power and protection for those who go to the temple regularly. Try to go as much as possible. Also, look for every opportunity to make a new friend and then share the gospel with them. Become familiar with Preach My Gospel and the scriptures. And be an example to your family and friends. Learn how a gospel-centered family works so you can teach that to the families who need it where you will serve.
Love you, Jake!