Serving in the Mexico Mérida Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Monday, October 20, 2014

How to spell "MILK" in Spanish

Querida Familia,

On the blue box you may discover how to spell "Milk" in Spanish!  Yes, that does say "combined with vegetable oil", too.

Picture to the right: Our district. L to R: Hna Carr, Lia, Elder Mesa, Elder Ortiz (lider de zona), Elder Chappell (lider de distrito), Hna Martinez (my superhero), y Hna Argueta. Solo faltamos Elder Candelaria (he's the other lider de zona and is also super potente).

That was a super-potente package, guys, thank you. I am using everything in it. My favorite things in the world to get are letters and granola bars. (If you are going to send something to a missionary and don’t know what to send, send letters and granola bars.) And THANK YOU, Bup, for sending the music and player. I feel very spoiled. :)

I was walking down the street the other day and realized, “Wait a second. My mission is NOT ending soon. I have 6 more months.” I had a like a week of feeling a little trunqui (trunky = ready to pack your bags to go home!) but I realized I need to snap out of it. 

I love Hermana Carr. She is a beautiful person. Nos desahogamos muy bien juntas (we are able to unburden/ de-stress well together), usually during breakfast or while we’re sitting in our hamacas. We think a lot about the same things, so we can just talk and talk and talk.  We’re also really good at pointing out our problems and being feedback-givers. I’m going to miss her a lot. Transfers are this Sunday. :-(

Heavenly Father really does answer specific questions. But he also does it according to the “intentness” of our desire. I think that’s why he usually does it line upon line, precept upon precept. Hermana Carr and I had a lot of problems knowing what we are supposed to teach in the first lesson because we received a lot of confusing instruction from our leaders. And the first lesson is the most important, so it made us feel like really bad missionaries because, even though we have been giving first lessons our whole mission, we suddenly felt like we had no idea what to do.

But for about two weeks we prayed (frequently and out loud) about it and poco a poco (little by little) we studied it and practiced it and we’ve gotten to a point where we now feel decently comfortable about it. And people are accepting mas fechas en la primera lección (setting dates in the first lesson).

In case you want to know what we do, our first lesson is:

[How to Begin Teaching]
1. The first paragraph of How to Begin Teaching (Preach My Gospel, Teaching Skills) plus a few other personal questions (i.e. why they want to listen to us, or what is hard in their life that they wish was better--the point is to find what the gospel can help them with.)
2. Based on what we learned from step one, we use a few of the 10 Points of How to Begin Teaching
3. Sing Hymn (usually I am a Child of God)
4. Teach how and why we pray, and invite them to give the prayer at the end. One of us prays.

[God is Our Loving Heavenly Father]
5. Teach the newly-added principle of the Godhead (God and Christ both have bodies and are two different people, and they are also different from the Spirit.) 
We then explain what the GOAL of those three beings (bring to pass eternal life of man), and then describe the functions of the three using the principles:  God is Our Loving Heavenly Father. That was the hardest part for us because at the beginning we really didn’t understand that principle. (Go study this section for two weeks!)  At some point, explain the purpose of the Spirit (help us recognize truth) and explain how to know when you are feeling the Spirit.

[Baptismal Invitation]
6. Sometimes the next part is going out on a wing with the Spirit to tie their need into baptism, but usually it involves something like:

“God has provided us a (singular, definitive) way to have success in this life and return with Him in the next” which then leads us to the Restoration-- that if they aren’t LIVING the RESTORED gospel, they can’t have eternal life. Tah-dah! baptism with proper authority.

OR, another option, when mentioning “The Atonement is a central part of God's plan,” we explain how in order to FULLY make use of the Atonement (be comforted, be enabled, be forgiven) we have to make authorized covenants with God. Tah-dah! baptism with proper authority to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Invite to be baptized.

7. We then explain the Restoration briefly to explain restored authority to baptize/restored doctrine.
8. Briefly explain how the Book of Mormon teaches that doctrine and give them a copy.
9. Commit them to READ the Book of Mormon and the Restoration pamphlet, PRAY if it is true, and GO to church that Sunday.
10. Make the next appointment and ask who they can invite to be here the next time.
11. They pray. We congratulate them.
12. Next appointment!

Of course, all very subject to changes according to the Spirit.

Love you all a lot. I imagine you’ll probably hear about a new companion next week...

Hermana Ludlam

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