Monday, July 14, 2014

Another Email

Dear all,

So the work is still going pretty great. We did not have a baptism last Saturday, but we will this Saturday! Antonia has been progressing so well, and she is so wonderful!

We are in a bit of a dry season, investigator-wise....we haven't had very many new ones and the old ones just won't come to church! We have tried a lot of things: teaching the importance of church attendance, how to keep the Sabbath Day Holy, leaving early Sunday morning to go look for them, having members stop by to take them to church. And, nothing. But on Saturday we had a lesson with a new investigator, a 19-year old named Carla. We taught about Joseph Smith and invited her to baptism. She told us if she got the answer within the next month that it was the thing to do, she would be baptized! We then proceeded to invite her to come to church with us the next day and she readily accepted! Well to accept the invitation is easy, but many investigators have told us that they will come to church and....nothing. Nevertheless, my companion and I left early Sunday morning to accompany Carla to church. And we knocked on the door, and waited, and waited....and waited! And then she answered! And she was ready to go! And she came with us to church! Just like that.

Entonces, a veces la vida es difícil. A veces la vida es fácil. A veces experimentamos desesperaciones, a veces experimentamos felicidades. Pero, todo es un don de Dios. Él sabe lo que podemos hacer, lo que podemos aguantar, y nunca nos probará más allá de lo que podemos sostener. Siempre nos da experiencias por nuestro beneficio y nunca estamos solos. Él siempre camina con nosotros, está allí en las tinieblas y en la luz, en la lucha y en el descanso. Siempre. Nunca nos va a dejar.

I want you all to remember that even though we experience difficulties, the Lord is still there and He still loves us. When we keep the commandments and live the gospel He will bless us. This does not mean we are free from trial. The Lord lets us be tried for our own growth and benefit. He knows that without opposition we cannot progress.
D&C 95:1  Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation, and I have loved you—
Ánimo, therefore, and on to the victory! Remember that there is still life to live, still fights to be won, and still lives to be saved! Participate in la obra de salvación.

Mucho amor,
Hermana Cheever

and this is one of the reasons that I love Atlixco.
This. Is. Popocatéptl. 
But you can call him Popo. 
And yes, he is a volcano.

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