Monday, December 22, 2014

16 December 2014 - from Mexico City

Week 3


Okay, I´m not going to lie, but I´m pretty sure yesterday was Tuesday. To say that this week flew by would be an extreme understatement. And look at that! I'm already halfway through my MTC experience! It´s been kind of an emotional roller coaster, but it´s been an opportunity to stay optimistic!

On Tuesday, we had our weekly devotional, which was given by Elder Benjamín De Hoyos, and thank goodness he was able to speak English! It was broken English, but the Spirit was still so strong in the message he was conveying. Two of the principles he explained really stood out to me. First, is to love all people. It can be hard. It IS hard. But when we stay positive and optimistic, looking for the bounteous blessings in our everyday lives, it will come easier. I have definitely seen that principle put to action in these last three weeks. The second principle was the importance of positive daily contact with people. Honestly, just smiling at someone, anyone, everyone, can completely turn their day around and maybe even change their life. Just a smile. "By small and simple means are great things brought to pass."

On Friday, I had the opportunity of studying the scriptures with several of the Elders from my district. We studied Alma 53 and 56: the story of the 2,000 Stripling Warriors. I love that story more and more each time I study it. They were just youth, but they had been taught well and were able to be so valiant. And not one of them was lost. They were all wounded, but not one was lost. We´re all going to go through trials and hardships and be "wounded", but so long as we press forward with firmness and steadfastness, it´ll work out!

So apparently, December is a pretty important month for the people of Latin America. They have celebrations for a ton of saints and all throughout this month, there have been booms off in the distance gradually increasing in amount and sound. Well, this week has been filled with booms! Fireworks going off every few minutes! Sometimes, it sounded like thunder. Other times, it sounded like the cannon from the Hunger Games. But Friday, was the celebration of the Virgin Guadalupe. And. Well. The fireworks didn´t stop from about 9 on Thursday night until about 6 Saturday morning. It. Was. Intense.

Saturday was possibly the most interesting day so far. And I´m pretty sure interesting doesn´t even begin to explain it. It was a pretty normal day, but we got a new schedule that said we had a "Christmas Program" in the evening. It ended up being a traditional Mexican "ballet" on the birth of Christ. Definitely not my definition of "ballet" but it was super cool to experience a different culture with such an important event! Remember the Reason for the Season, everyone! Jesus Christ was the ultimate gift for all of us!

Yo sé que nuestro Padre Celestial nos ama perfectamente! Él envió Su Hijo. Y la Expiación es perfecta. El Libro de Mormón es la palabra de Dios por nosotros en estos días y nos ayuda con todas las problemas en nuestras vidas.

This work is amazing. I love serving and representing our Lord, Jesus Christ each and every day. It´s a privilege and such a wonderful opportunity!

Thank you for all of your emails! They always bring me joy! I love all of you!

Para siempre Dios esté con vos.

Elder Murphy

Kia Kaha

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