Hey family and friends!
Can I just tell you all how much I love Hermana Maza. She's amazing. We've had an awesome week. One example of how great she was happened yesterday. First to backtrack, the past little while President Pack has been focusing on working with the ward a lot more, especially with the leaders. Hermana Maza and I had goals to do so, and a few people specifically. Well by the end of church she had talked with a ton of people, written down names and numbers, offered service, showed her love to all of them, and was amazing. The ward loves her.
We also found a new area to contact. There's one street, Avenida de Albufera, that we've almost always gone to to contact because there are always people. I don't know how to describe it, but I really have a dislike for this street. It's just really worldly and we struggled there. We finally found a new place. Seems like a small thing, but it's made a huge difference.
We had three lessons with new people this week. One is a man from Peru, Gerbert. Other is another man from Peru, Juan Carlos. And the other was a mom, Marisol, and her son. The boy is 10-years-old and really receptive. He was reading in the Book of Mormon by himself before we came, offered one of the prayers, and really had interest in the message. It's amazing what little kids can understand and feel.
I had intercambios with Hermana Staker this week for a day. She was in the other companionship of Hermanas in Alcobendas when I was there. It was so fun being with her again. And I learned great ideas of ways to help the missionary work here from her. She's a great missionary.
There's a quote in Preach My Gospel that says, "As your understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ grows, your desire to share the gospel will increase." As a mission, we are focusing on this. I have been studying a lot about the Atonement and still have a lot to learn but know that His atonement covered so much, not just our sins. I love the talk by Elder Oaks from this general conference. He said, "And so we see that because of His Atonement, the Savior has the power to succor--to help--every mortal pain and affliction. Sometimes His power heals an infirmity, but the scriptures and our experiences teach that sometimes He succors or helps by giving us the strength or patience to endure our infirmities." Sometimes trials and struggles are what we need, but He will never leave us alone, He will help us through them.
I hope you have all had a great week. Love you all!
Viviana- the cutest little girl.
We love the temple.Tried a new fruit this week. Can't remember the name
Pretty park in a pueblo in our area