Wow easily one of the best week’s in my whole mission!!
Well the first three days were business as usual. We were on the grind, hitting it hard the first part of the week. We found some sweet people, helping the lords children, and crying our eyes out….. from all of the hot chili’s!!!!
We visited A*** almost everyday. She is so awesome. I don’t know if I told you guys anything about her but she is from Puerto Vallarta (#momanddadhavebeenthere) she’s 14 and she is just really cool. She loves the church and us as missionaries. This week we really put all of our focus on her to help her get baptized Friday.
Friday, we had the Christmas Zone Conference and so we were busy all day with gift exchanges, videos and a dinner. We couldn’t stay for long because we had the baptism of A*** Friday night. So we were in TJ all day for the conference and had to come back at 4 PM to fill up the font and prepare everything. There was a ton of traffic and it was just insane getting back home. It was so crazy! We were making phone calls the whole taxi ride, trying to get things done. We ran out of credits on our phone and didn’t have money to put in more, but then magically, 20 pesos of credit came so we could make two more calls!!! It was just super stressful. The thing about the wards here is the missionaries get the opportunity to lead a lot. We organize activities, invite people to come to ward counsel, organize other meetings and much more. For the baptisms it’s all us! We were making calls for people to talk, everything. ANYWAY, finally we got to the church, literally two minutes before her baptism was about to start. Wow, it was crazy. We were stressing but everything turned out great!! Elder Bracho got to have his first convert and his first baptism! Because Sunday was the dedication of the temple, we confirmed her right there. Normally the Bishop does the confirmations, but he asked me to do it. This was a miracle for the week.
I had never confirmed anyone before, let alone in Spanish! Right as we pulled the chair up and A*** sat down, the bishop asked me to do it. I freaked, but said a quick prayer, and the words came to me. It was a neat experience giving the blessing. Super cool. So Elder Bracho baptized, I confirmed, and she received her temple dedication slip right that moment to go to the temple dedication Sunday!!
SATURDAY we just went to the temple Celebration which was SO COOL! Great time, Pres. Uchtdorf spoke and was accompanied by Elder Oaks.
SUNDAY was the temple dedication. SOOOO SWEET!!! Finally the temple is open! After countless hours, basically my whole mission talking about the temple, it’s finally open. The temple dedication was so awesome. Everyone felt the spirit so strong. The coolest part was that A*** could go. The picture of me and my comp outside the building is us at the temple dedication. So great!
What an awesome week. I have felt like a crazy headache all week from just feeling the spirit so much! I’m so lucky to have such an awesome companion and an awesome mission! Man it’s the best. My testimony was definitely strengthened and I definitely felt the love of the lord this week.
I hope you guys have an awesome week! I miss you tons!
LES AMO!!! ELDER WOODS