Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Another crazy week that flew by soooo fast!!!  I Loved being able see everyone in the Mother's Day Skype and to hear that everyone's doing well!!!  It was Awesome!!!  I Love You All!!!

It´s crazy how fast the time flies here in the offices.  I was thinking the other day that I'm almost going to complete 6 months in the ward of Coyoacan.  When I almost had six months in Ajusco, I was feeling like I had a lot of time there and getting close to the time in which I left, I was feeling like it was my time to go.  But in this ward, I feel like I just arrived! 

Sunday, I got to talk in church.  We got assigned topics from the Mexico Area Plan that the General Authorities made for Mexico this year.  I got the choice to choose to talk about either Tithing or Fasting/Fast Offerings.  I thought, "well, I know of lots of scriptures that talk about Fasting/Fast Offerings"  but I know very few about Tithing.  So I felt up to the challenge, and I chose to talk about that.  I feel like it went really well!!  I'm always amazed at how much the Spirit helps us to know what to say.  
I started off:  Will a man rob God? (Pause for suspense.  :)  )  Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.  (Malachi 3:8)
Then I told them, "today I hope to help you see the importance of tithing and answer any questions that you may have about it."  Then I read some quotes from True to the Faith and Our Search For Happiness along with other scriptures and my personal testimony.  Afterwards, I had some people ask me where they could find the quotes that I had read because they had never known about how the tithing money was spent (going to a council of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the 12, and the Presiding Bishopric) and/or other things that I had mentioned.  

The rest of the week, we have spent running all over the mission to fix things.  Elder Lovo left Elder Chavez a ton of houses that need work of renewing contracts or emptying out the houses and closing the house.  
Monday - There were Special Transfers.  I had to help take some missionaries to Tlaltenco.  That night, we did interchanges so that my comp could go empty out a house while I went to our area with one of the Assistants (Elder Crocket) to get one lesson in with Lizet.  We had two missionaries stay at our house that night that were going home the next day.
Tuesday -  We went to empty out a house in Xochimilco and end everything with the owners.  All that afternoon we were in the offices working because my comp had some paperwork to do.
Wednesday - We had interchanges with the Zone Leaders, but it turned into a crazy three-way interchange while one companionship went to empty out a house, another went to renew a contract for another house, and I got to teach one lesson to Reyna then I had to come back to the offices to fix some money issues.
Thursday - I went to the airport early in the morning to take a missionary that was going home early.  That afternoon we had a lesson with Alejandro, then ran to Progresista to renew another contract for the house there.

So it's been a crazy week.

But the Great News:
Lizet is getting baptized next week on Saturday!!!
And Alejandro the Saturday after that!!!


I am so very happy for them and for the progress that they have shown!  Alejandro has been working so hard to get his life turned around and this week he completed three weeks without smoking, so he decided that he is ready to put a baptismal date!!!

I know that the Lord has blessed us immensely with his help so that we could baptize even though we can't work in the area as much as we'd like.


Elder Jarrett

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