Semana Cincuenta Tres: Forget Myself and Go to Work

Hola!! Sorry I didn`t write last week... This week I have more time.  We are here in San Jose!  President told us a week ago that we would come a day early to San Jose before the big mission conference tomorrow because he is giving brunch to all the zones that reached their goals in April!  And thats us!! Wahoo!! So we bought our tickets for the 3 a.m. bus.  Then Sunday rolled around and the assistants called saying that actually... we aren`t invited to the brunch because they bought us pizza when we watched Meet the Mormons.  It was a rip off haha.  So now we are in San Jose all day with nothing to do (and no brunch).  Perhaps I shall buy souvenirs today :)

It has been a great great week!  On Monday we did divisions and the Servers took me to visit Pedro`s family with the family Morales in Bagases (the family that lives and hour and a half away that came to district conference) We got there and waited... and waited... but Pedro didnt show.  And his family wasn`t home.  and they didn`t answer.  It was a bummer because we went all the way down there.  Turns out he had been out drinking..... how sad.

Tuesday we visited with Alicia (daughter of Angelita... the old lady that does Noche de Hogar alone every Monday) and felt powerfully that we should challenge her to be baptized that very week.  (she knows the church is true and went for like a year but now goes to a different church) .  She said she would pray about it.... but later on she avoided the subject :)  

On Wednesday we did divisions.  My companion went to Santa Cruz with Sister Gibson and I stayed here with Sister Diaz.  They were GREAT divisions.  Sister Diaz is a truly consecrated missionary.  And together we worked VERY hard.  Used our time wisely.. opened our mouths to EVERYONE... and we finished the day with average numbers but  feeling GREAT because I know we really did all we could.  We had a great day... including a lesson where they accepted a baptismal date but at the end refused to give us their phone number and said it would be best if we didn`t visit them again.. weird.  Then a sister that accepted to be baptized but wouldnt accept a date and wouldn't even accept the commitment to pray.  weird.  :)  Then we saw a man in the street in a white shirt and tie and we said, "Are you Mormon???? Do you wanna be?? When can we come visit your family so that you can all be Mormon?¨ Haha.  it was awesome.  He accepted a visit for the following day.  We visited Leda... she has decided to separate from her husband (well... partner)... which means she can be baptized!! But she is going to move to another area :(  then we visited Norma and we finally figured out why she is so hesitant to be baptized.  She has diabetes and lupus and lots of problems and sores on her feet and legs.  She is just self conscious that people will see her!  So the next day we brought her baptismal clothes so she could try them on.  She came out VERY excited and feeling beautiful... we helped her understand that she truly is a daughter of God.  What a blessing that we have that knowledge... so many people don`t even know their worth!

Thursday we were still in divisions.. we visited the man that looked like a Mormon and he and his cousin and friend all accepted baptismal dates.  They are GREAT!  We visited Ester and helped her make a plan for when she will get married... tentatively we are planning on July 14th... she just has to propose to her husband first ;)  At night we went to an appt. we had with a referral.. but he wasnt there... so we started walking by the church and he showed up RIGHT IN FRONT of the church!! What a miracle!! His name is Kenneth.  We gave him a tour and taught him the restoration by the baptismal font.  He has studied EVERY major religion and has the belief that religion causes barrier.  But he has a great heart and wants to just serve his whole life.  I know he will get baptized it will just be a process... I think if he reads the Book of Mormon his testimony will be solidified.  

Friday we finished the divisions and headed to Capulin to search for some less actives.  Hermano Carlos bought us Subway.  Seriously I love Subway.  it tastes so much like home.

Saturday we had piano lessons but no one camethis week.  So we helped prepare a wedding and they asked me to play the wedding march (in other parts of the world you have to be married civily by a lawyer and then you can be sealed)  We went later to a baptism of the other sisters and they asked me to sing.  Then we left the church and a member from another branch was outside crying.  She was all bummed because she is old now and ever since she got home from her mission everyone bugs her about getting married and she still hasnt found anyone and is lonely.  We cheered her up :)  

On Sunday no one came to church.  Just Francisco (hijo de Ester) but he is member... SO WE THOUGHT!! He has passed The Sacrament and all but today President Lezama said that they have searched and searched and called Salt Lake but can't find his record... so we will be baptizing him on Saturday :)  My companion was sick today and we had to leave church early.  But in the bathroom I met an older woman who is gringa from Arizona and she started crying on my shoulder when I told her I speak English.  She came here all alone to try it out for a year but isn't gonna last three months.  I told her I truly know how she feels... it is SO hard to try to understand people and communicate and get used to the food and the culture and the dirt and the bugs... she cried and cried then we decided to be friends.  I hope she is okay after all!  Then we headed to do some visits and we met a family that is REALLY great.  The daughter is thirteen and is named Rochel.  she has some disabilities.. many... and can't sit down.  She is always laying down on her stomach. Her arms are all twisted up and has had surgeries her whole life.  But she has the most beautiful smile... and we taught her about her individual worth and the blessings of the gospel... she broke down crying.  It was a beautiful lesson.  They didn't accept right now to be baptized but I know they will be..  They are very special!

Well it was a really great week.  Tomorrow will be the last meeting with President.  It is so sad but all is well in Zion.  It makes me laugh sometimes that the Lord has to teach me the SAME lesson again and again and again.  I wrote a while back about enduring to the end and how I am just so tired and it is hard to get used to everything and blah blah blah.  Well the answer is clear.  FORGET MYSELF AND GO TO WORK!! That is always the answer.  And I always forget it so quickly.  I am sure that once we can all finally remember and put into practice all the principles of the gospel... we will be living celestial lives.  Until then... I shall strive to just remember a little better so He doesn`t have to remind me quite so much.

I love you all so much.  Just a shout out to all those daddies out there... Tyson Trace JD... and MY DADDY!! The best of them all.  I hope you all know how special this man is.  If you see him give him a hug for me.  And a kiss on the cheek.  He is my hero.

Until next week!! 

Love, Hermana Cook

For my Daddy

Thank You Awesome 2nd Ward Young Women!!

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