Monday, January 25, 2016

Weird and White

Mosiah 2:41
And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Large statue of Christ

Hey everyone!

This has been a week of learning and experiencing! Lots of things happened this week: we had a Worldwide Missionary training broadcast which was really good! We received counsel from the Apostles and Leaders of the church about the importance of prayer, teaching with the Spirit, working with the members, and asking everyone for references.

Selfies with Elder Cruz
We learned from our Zone Leaders this week not to fear when talking to people and to contact everyone! They told me that people already think we are weird enough because we are missionaries and plus I'm white so that makes me even more weird here in Mexico haha. But they told me that there is nothing to lose when inviting others to come unto Christ and bearing simple testimony.
The statue is really big

I was blessed this week with the ability to open my mouth and talk to people. We had really good success in our goals for this week. We really focused on contacting people. We had some interesting experiences. An old lady with no teeth came up to us and started singing and started calling us Santiago and Juan and then talked about how great Presidents Kennedy and Obama are and also told me that I have beautiful eyes. I tried so hard to keep from laughing, it was so funny.

We finally had a chance this week to visit with our investigator Fransisco and help him prepare for the waters of baptism. We know that he is ready for this step in his life and we are excited for him. His only challenge is that he drinks a lot of coffee and we are fasting and praying a lot this week that he can stop and faithfully follow the commandments of God.

An awesome experience we had this week was we visited a less active member and her cousin and wife who aren't members let us in and we talked for a while and we just about left but felt that we should stay so we did and Pauline the less active came and we had a really spiritual first lesson to Juan and his wife!

Pday fun in Culiacan
We have been going to the gym these past few weeks and it's been really fun! It reminds me of the summer mornings in the weight room for football. This week we were fed hamburgers the size of a large plate and it was the most American thing I've done in a long time haha. The weather here in Culiacan is starting to get really warm and it's still January! The people say that it gets really strong in May.
A really big hamburger

Each day of my mission I realize how much the Lord has blessed my life in so many ways. I am an instrument in the hands of God and serving His children brings me the most joy! I love being a missionary and growing closer to our Heavenly Father each day in my experiences of joy and affliction. I know this is the most important thing I am doing my life and my experiences here will last a lifetime.

Thanks for everything! God Bless!

Elder Bennett

Package from the Dunsters
Package from the Petersons
Casa pictures finally!

Study area
Bedroom-AC unit

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