Saturday, February 11, 2012

January 30, February 8, 2012

                                                                                       February 8, 2012
Well… things are going to be a little bit different around here… otra vez in Spanish is again. That’s because again I am training…! It was quite a shock. I had to ask the zone leaders something and they had to go up a level more and ask the assistants. They said it would have been better if I would have called because they needed to talk to me anyways. That I needed to go to Merida and pick up another son! I couldn’t believe it. And a little miracle happened but I’ll save that till the end. But for right now that’s the big news. His name is Elder Badillo and he is the only member from his family again! That’s so nice when an investigator wants to say that it’ll be hard. Another cool thing is that he got baptized about a year and a half ago. He’s worried a little bit about knowing everything but it’ll work out good. He’s from Monterey were things are a little bit crazier. He was shocked that there were so many motorcycles and cars parked outside not doing anything. But it’s kind of interesting him being my son because he’s about an inch taller than me and two years older!
In the area things are going well. This week we had a ton of new investigators. It was pretty awesome. We worked hard and especially a better attitude and more obedience helped us out a lot. We finally got a hold of guy that we have been looking for a long time. His name is Rodolfo and we found him looking for a reference actually. We talked to him and he said that it would be ok to stop by. That was about a month ago or so. We have tried to find him and things like that but it hasn’t ever really worked out too well. Finally we did and we had a good sign. He has a ton of questions about how everything works with baptism! That’s pretty cool. And also on Sunday, we had things figured out to go to church he invited his best friends. He accepted to be baptized and everything is looking good.
The Hermana Elba is still looking good. We had a long talk one night and she said that she thought we were saying that the Church of Christ and the church that Joseph Smith was found in were two different churches. Don’t know where she got that idea but we cleaned that up real fast. Well… not real fast. We ended up talking for about two hours or so. Then the next day we came because she was going to do something with corn. We did some service for two hours hoping that his would free her up so that she could go to church… nope. But her two kids went instead. We are pretty sure that we gave them a guilt trip that two young men and come and helped out their mom instead of her own children helping her. We are getting more and more into this family.
And also we have a couple that we are teaching. They need to get married. The only problem is that the “wife” is 15 and the husband is 22... Not exactly what you’d find in the states. It’s ok though. She’s got a goal to read the Book of Mormon in 3 weeks so… I think that’ll deserve some blessings.
Well so for the miracle (next week will have to be the pictures. I tried passing some but my camera died while I was trying to pass them so next week! And I’ve started on the new flash drive. Thanks Sis and Brayden and Mason).
I was walking along (he he he) and I had just gotten off the bus in Merida on Sunday night. I had my backpack and my little suitcase. I flagged a taxi and went to the mission offices (all by myself! Scary!) I was talking with the taxi driver and it was a very interesting conversation. I paid the taxi and got inside the offices. I said hi to everyone and turned around to start getting ready to go to the hammock. To my shock, there was only my backpack! I had left my suitcase in the taxi! I started calling the taxi company trying to get a hold of them. I tried for the next two hours with a prayer in my heart. Just to put the importance on how important everything was… my journal that I have been using for my whole mission was in my suitcase, along with my hammock that is probably worth 100 dollars and a pair of “g´s”. I went into the bathroom and pleaded for the Lord’s help. I put everything I could into it. After I realized that if God wanted it to be this way that it was for a reason. Asking for some spare clothes to get everything ready to go to bed in a borrowed hammock I heard a car horn. The taxi driver remembered where I was and whose suitcase it was and after two hours of terror had come back to the offices. I thanked him very much and returned to that same bathroom and offered thanks. It was a pretty sweet way to open the week. I know that I was answered. And I know that my faith in Christ and my diligence in keeping the commandments were the two biggest things that I could have done to affect the outcome. I know that God answers prayers and that everyone can pray because they are a child of God. If you don’t believe me… try it.
Con amor
Elder Mackay

January 30, 2012
Well an interesting week! This week there was something fun going on. I got to go to immigration to do some papers. As most paper work it took forever! But I am happy to say that I am still legal in Mexico. Another thing that was a bit out of the ordinary was we had interviews with President! We had plans to have it in the house so we had a few good cleaning sessions and it feels a lot better now. We did a good job of keeping it that way but we got called and ended up having the interviews in the church.
This week something really cool happened with a couple. Last week we saw an accident happen and my companion had a dream about them. We went looking for them and we passed three times on that street looking for them and we couldn’t find them. Finally, we started asking people and we ran into a couple that the “husband” (quotations because really they aren’t married) is a member. He said that he saw us pass by a few times and that he thought that we were going to stop and talk one of the times. We ended up talking and it was a really cool experience. They are really good at feeling the difference of the spirit.
Another cool person that we are teaching still is Elba. She was drinking coffee and she was having doubts about Joseph Smith and everything. We taught the word of wisdom and she accepted it really well! My companion and I were really surprised at how well it went. We came back a few days later and she had drunkL. We had a talk and I love having cool experiences in the mission like this. We helped her to understand that it wasn’t obedience to a prophet, but to Christ and that we should do it not because it is just another rule, but because it’s Him that is asking us.  We taped cards that have pictures of Christ on them on the front of her coffee jars (her kids that still aren’t listening to us and still drink coffee so that’s why we didn’t just take it from her). It went well. Also now she is giving us food every time we go over there so that’s helping me get my pre mission shape back (I don’t know if I have mentioned it or not but, by force I have to wear a belt because I have lost so much weight if I don’t I try mixing the gangster look in with the missionary style).
A really sad thing that has happened is that we had Sindulfo going well and we found out how complicated his case just got. He can’t get baptized because he isn’t married with the woman he’s living with (so it’s a law of chastity problem). Normally we would say that it’s not that big of a deal because we are experts on getting people married here. The problem is that he is married to someone else that is in another state and there are a ton of problems. She doesn’t want to get divorced from him either so that’s the problem. But he is going to still keep coming to church and everything so that’s cool.
Well as far as a spiritual thought this week it has kind of come around the same topic. Obedience is something that I saw in investigators, in my interviews with president and with my area. It is so fascinating to think that everything is bound by it, and that even before the earth was created even it being the first law of the heavens. I liked how it says it in Doctrine and Covenants how inseparable obedience and blessings are. No matter how we look at it, we cannot fully expect to be blessed if we are not obedient. And when we give in to our pride or vain ambitions, or we intend on covering past mistakes, or we unrightfully try to use our dominion over someone, the spirit is gone and we are left alone. Talking with my companion that it isn’t so much that the Lord punishes us, it’s that being the one who has given us everything chooses to withhold certain blessings; this isn’t a very foreign idea. We see this attitude in houses that a child looses privileges when he disobeys. We are governed by the same rules. I have figured out this week that I love being obedient. Thanks for all the help and support. I feel it.
Con Amor,
Elder Mackay

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