Hello family and friends! We had another wonderful week here in Mesa Arizona. It rained a few days out of the week too so that was a plus! One of the sad parts of the week though was that Cristal went back to Mexico. . Her visa expired so she has to go back to Mexico until she gets it renewed. We didn't even get the chance to say bye to her! We were going to go the visitors center but they were just too busy getting her to go back. But we can still keep in contact with her through Facebook! On the bright side though, we still got to go to the visitors center with a recent convert Abigail. We watched one of the new Meet the Mormon segments with her and also learned more about the temples. She is very passionate about the temple and really wants to get all the work done for her family. She also really wants to visit all the different temples, so I may have offered my house for her to come stay at, hopefully that's okay mom! Haha. We haven't been to the VC much because it's kind of far away, so it was nice to make it back there and feel the spirit on the temple grounds.
Another highlight if the week, we had a ward activity his week called "Noche HISPANA" where everyone from the ward comes and we celebrate the Independence Day of all the Hispanic countries, because they were all around the same time. So everyone brought a bunch of REALLY good food from where they're from. They also had a mariachi band come play while we were eating! The ward has been preparing for this night for a long time now, they prepared dances and songs and stuff for a performance, and I even got to participate in one! All of the ward missionaries sang a son called "Vive" by Napoleón. We got special permission from president Townsend to sing the song and it was really fun! They also had people perform traditional dances from Mexico, and sing famous songs and stuff, so it was really cool to see all the culture come out from everyone. I'll send videos from it, unfortunately I don't have the video of us singing. It was a really good turn out as well! And hermana Escobar met one of her dads missions companions while we were there! Super small world here in Mesa.
Veronica is doing really well! She found work and we invited her to ask for off so she can come to church and she said she would! She wasn't able to come to church this Sunday, but she committed to coming to conference next week. Speaking of conference, the women's conference was absolutely amazing! I really loved how the emphasis was on studying the doctrine of Christ. When we understand the doctrine everything else makes sense. My favorite talks were from Bonnie L. Oscarson and from Dieter F Uchtdorf. He talked about when we go looking for an answer it may not be found right away so we need to keep knocking on all the doors to find our answer. It takes diligence, perseverance, and patience. I know general conference is the one of the best ways to receive answers to our questions so if you haven't prepared any questions for conference yet, I suggest you do it now! I know you will receive an answer.
One more funny story if the week. We went to go do service with the English elders to help someone move. Unfortunately they didn't ask ahead of time where they would be moving too. So we took a fun adventure to the Gilbert mission to help someone with her house. All of this with the permission from president of course. But it was quite fun! Well I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful conference weekend!
Well once again I was bad at taking picture this week but I promise I will get better!
This is from Sandra's baptism last week in Valencia with all the sisters that taught her and her son Noel!
|Picture sent to me by someone who they were helping clean up a store.|
One of the dances from noche Hispana!