Monday, August 11, 2014

Cacalotepec-say that 5x fast!

Alright, so I am now in a place called Cacalotepec (which is pretty much like a Mexican Tremonton, for all of you reading this back home), with Hermana Rico from Guadalajara/Guanajuato. She is super sweet. She got baptized when she was 17 when she was visiting some family in Guadalajara (they happened to be listening to the missionaries). She listened for 3 days, and then asked if she could be baptized because she said that everything they taught made so much sense. They baptized her at 11pm THAT night, and afterward she went back to live with her family in Guanajuato. There was no church were she lived ---
and she didn’t really know much about what normal members should do, 
so she was "inactive" for 2 years when missionaries found her again. 
But all that time she read the Book of Mormon and the church books she had, 
so she had a killer testimony when she started going to church. 

We are “opening” Cacalotepec as the first sister missionaries here in the 50 years that the ward has existed. The members are pretty excited to see us, and we are equally excited to get to know them. I know that we are going to see AMAZING things happen in this area. 

Speaking of amazing things… 
When the elders that were here before us were telling us about what to expect, they told us that on Saturday there was going to be a baptismal service 
for a boy in the ward named Orlando. That was pretty cool. 
But what was cooler, was when we actually met Orlando.

Orlando is 17 years old and is disabled physically, but I don’t know if I have ever met somebody that has accepted the gospel and lived it as fully as him. 
He met the missionaries about 6 months ago when they knocked on his door 
and since then has been a faithful church-goer, and an incredible example for everyone here. Even though he might not have all of the same capabilities physically as everyone else, he has a testimony and spirit beyond strong.

Sometimes I just can’t wrap my little mind around all that Heavenly Father 
has let me witness here in Mexico. There are literally miracles happening 
every other second. That makes me think of a sweet scripture that I love:

 "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still
with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, 
and for his arm to be revealed
(Doctrine and Covenants 123:17)

So, really in life we can only do what we can do and then wait to see what happens. Sooner or later, if we are working our hardest, being obedient, 
and have the faith sufficient, we will undoubtedly "see the salvation of God" 
and his hand guiding everything we do. I have seen it countless times here in the mission and I am excited to keep seeing it happen here in Cacalotepec.

Love you all. Love my new area and new comp. Love this gospel.
Con amor, Hermana Jones

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