Buenas Tardes Familia!
Yep I'm old! I think I do need a walker now dad, so please send one in my next package. Right now I have to use a cactus branch as a cane because of the lack of trees in El Paso and let me tell you it hurts my hand to use! ;-) Wow as I look back at the past year I can't believe everything that has happened. It doesn't feel like it's been a year...not even close! It's weird knowing that a year ago I was in the MTC and had proudly "made it to Sunday" That's what every missionary tells the new missionaries just make it to Sunday. Interesting enough it's kind of true. You make it to Sunday and then things just really pick up and you're in full missionary mode. I've been reading my MTC journal and it's pretty entertaining. Oh how young I was back then. It's amazing how I have loved every stage of being a missionary, but I wouldn't want to go back to the MTC again. I have learned so much and have grown so much in the past year. A mission is truly a life changing experience. I have learned more about life and the gospel then I ever would have thought possible. What a huge blessing to serve the Lord at this time in my life.
So Halloween was a good day. We even found a new investigator, so that was a bonus. All of the other missionaries at dinner thought I was ridiculous because I was super excited to have trick or treaters come to the door so that I could pass out candy. Hey I'm from the country and we don't get trick or treaters! So we ate dinner and nobody came and nobody came. Finally, just as we were heading out the door, trick or treaters came down the path and all the other missionaries were up ahead of me, but the family told me to come back and hand out the candy! So I got to hold out the bowl of candy and the kids took handfuls, but apparently one little kid just took one and when he was walking out he said "No mas uno":( The other missionaries kept laughing at me and telling me that I was a mean candy giver, but I told them that I just held out the bucket and they took what they wanted. hehe Fun times.
I hope everyone enjoyed daylight savings. I don't think you ever treasure an extra hour of sleep quite like the missionaries do. Although my body is so programmed to wake up at the same time each day, so I keep waking up at 5:32 in a panic that I am still in bed before I realize that it's only 5:32 and I can sleep another 58 minutes! All I know is that last night, that last hour of work felt so late to me. I kept thinking I am going to pass out right here and fall asleep. You can't be serious it's only 8:15? We made it through the night just fine and had the special privilege of being there when one of our investigator families who is having a baby today wanted a blessing. Knowing that we have that priesthood power once again upon the earth is a comfort to me. I know that the spirit of Lord was in that room last night as one of his worthy priesthood holders laid his hands upon her head and gave her a special blessing right from her Heavenly Father. I know that it is the same priesthood power that the apostles of old used to heal people in the New Testament and the same Priesthood power that Christ used in his earthly ministry. The power and authority to act in God's name is vital to salvation and is a testament to God's love for each of his children. When I think of the blessings I have received as a missionary (and before as well) I know that those words were given directly to me and in some cases the person giving the blessing didn't even know me, but the words that were spoken and the comfort that was given so personal that it could only have come from someone who knows me better than I know myself. I know that someone is my Heavenly Father and I am so blessed to be one of his missionaries. I know that work is going to continue to move along and miracles will occur. Have a wonderful week!