I’ll write this in English. I am so used to do everything in English by now that it is harder to write to you in German :-/ Spanish lessons taught in English, teaching the gospel in spanish and French and writing my journal in german to make sure I’ll still be able to remember it after two years… for the first time I understand how the jaret and his family must have felt.
Remember that I told you about the park in my last email and that I did not like it at all… our second morning spent in the park was much better. We did not talk to more people than last week, the people weren’t more receptive for the gospel, our message was exactly the same and our Spanish is still not good enough to have a real conversation with some stranger. But my attitude was different. The first 30 minutes nobody would listen nor talk to us so we sat down on a bench, developed a new strategy and then Elder House (we have different companions at the park) said a prayer. And for the rest of the day nothing could make the smile on our faces go away. It did not matter if the people would listen to our message, just talk to us about the weather or if the ignored us. We could feel that we were doing the right thing and that the lord supported us to do his work.
Juana, one of our “fake investigators”, accepted the commitment to be baptized on the 9th of August. We still have to teach her a lot and she has to commit to the word of wisdom and the law of chastity but she has felt and recognized the spirit and she’s honestly trying to make a change in her life and start living the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We haven’t asked Maria to be baptized but she attended church on Sunday and she knows that the gospel can bless her life and her family. Unfortunately her partner is not interested in our message but we’ll keep teaching her anyway.
The Portuguese missionaries left the CCM on Tuesday and new elders and sisters from the Ukraine and the States have arrived to learn Russian. Before the Portuguese left they asked us to write something in their journals. I decided to leave them a message in German and some of the phrases were like “Dein Himmmlischer Vater liebt dich” or “Ich liebe dein Lachen” etc. The only two German words they could understand were “ich liebe” and they made a huge deal out of it.
I could keep on going with both spiritual experiences and episodes from daily life at the CCM but I’d like to finish with my testimony. I know that I am doing the work of the Lord. The restored gospel is the truth and it will help us and strengthen us in every situation and challenge we have to face. I never understood why I should have a testimony of every single gospel principle. I had a testimony about the truth of this church and I thought that was enough. It is not. If we gain a specific testimony about the book of Mormon, joseph smith, the restoration, the temple… we will be even closer to our heavenly father and have the privilege to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.
I love my mission. I love my annoying companion. I love my district. I love my heavenly father, our brother Jesus Christ and his gospel. I love you and most important of all I love my family :-*