I finally got your package on Monday! [It took 4 months!] I was soooo happy. I loved how you put "Pedro José Marriott" on the package. Everyone got a kick out of that. Thanks a ton! The homemade cookies were delicious! And I am so excited to fry up some Spam! It is so hard every general conference not having fried Spam, eggs, and hot chocolate. That was my tradition! :D I am thinking about bringing a stove into the office to make some Spam for lunch one day. It will make all of the office elders so jealous. ;) Of course I loved the Cat hat you sent me, as well as the birthday balloons! Maybe my favorite part was the poster! So cool! Tell everyone I said thank you! It really made my day!
Yesterday we had a Multi-Zone! President and Hermana Vasquez and Elder Alonso of the Seventy came and spoke to us. I learned so much. I don´t think I have ever felt someone´s spiritual power as I did Elder Alonso´s. He was so synchronized with the Spirit and taught profound topics in the most simple way. He taught about the Book of Mormon, the Plan of Salvation, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So powerful! He asked so many inspired questions, and taught with so much power and authority. As he finished, he testified by declaring, "I don´t just believe in Christ, or have faith in Christ, but I have a perfect knowledge, as one of His special witnesses, that he lives! Christ lives!" He asked us how we could ever be unexcited (desanimado) when 1. Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, 2. Joseph Smith restored the Church of Christ, 3. The Book of Mormon is true, 4. The Church is true, and 5. Christ lives! When you put it in this perspective, it is so true. We should ALWAYS be excited and happy!
Elder Villalobos and I are focusing a lot on our teaching skills. We have been doing a lot of practices (role plays) and setting more baptismal dates and inspired commitments for our investigators. There is always so much to improve in our lives, and that is the beautiful thing about the gospel of Jesus Christ! We can always increase our faith, increase our teaching skills, and increase our love for Christ and his Atonement. Sometimes as members I think we take things for granted because we were born in the Church and are really familiar with the gospel message. Even a something as simple as "Dios es nuestro Padre Celestial" is so meaningful and significant. As I have pondered on this eternal truth I feel the Spirit so strongly and begin to see and understand things I didn´t before. We are literally children of Heavenly Father! I can just imagine leaving his presence before we came to the earth. He likely gave us a big hug, looked into our eyes, and said, "Come back home. I love you and want you here with me. Come back, my child." Then we stepped through the veil and began our life here on earth. Our time here is only a day in the eternal perspective. We just need to live our lives so that we can return to the presence of God. We cannot imagine how much love God has for us, because he is perfect! I am so happy to have the opportunity to prove to God that I really DO want to return to his presence. I want to live with him again! My purpose as a missionary is to help others return to his presence too. Because they are all sons and daughters of God! What a privilege and a blessing! :D
I love that article from the Ensign about weaknesses and sin! What I got from it is that sometimes we get too hard on ourselves because of the human weaknesses we all have. As we exercise faith in Him and keep the commandments, he will make our weaknesses strong. I love talking about the gospel!
I love you too!