Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It's a small world after all

Wow this week seriously is hard to remember. a lot of the weeks are like this. I promise that
my memory still works it's just a tad difficult in the moment. Well after I sent the email to you all, I headed to a zone activity. It was super duper fun. got a little bit soaked from water balloons but when you live in Mexico, every day is like summer. Also I ate tacos for the first time. real actual tacos. Sorry taco bell but you don’t understand what Mexican food is. These tacos are the bomb. Seriously sooooo goooooood. I ate about 9 – NINE! The only reason being we paid 90 pesos sooo sometimes you make the best of what you paid. I also ate cow brain without realizing it. So that’s probably something new and exciting in my food experience.  I also learned at the activity that I cannot win a watermelon eating contest. it's definitely not my talent haha.

Anyway back to the work of the Lord. I've learned quite a few things this week. And by a few I mean a lot. One thing is the importance of focusing in your investigators needs. Sometimes you plan that you’re going to teach about family home evening and then you show up at the lesson and feel you need to talk about staying firm in the gospel. when you teach according to the needs, you are teaching a person, not just a lesson. Super great to have an experience like that. 

This week we all know I completed 6 months. WOOO!! seriously don’t understand. I still feel like I only have 3 months under my belt. Nothing incredibly awesome during that day. We just ordered pizza because why not?! 

One lesson we had this week we were teaching an investigators grandma. Next thing we know another investigator showed up. Get this. THEY ARE COUSINS!!! We met them at completely different times and holy cow how small is this world? You can be teaching cousins without even knowing it!

Okay, I'm going to be honest. There was a tad bit of frustration. We don't have progressing investigators. None. Zero. Nada. It's rough. Our leaders have called us telling us the same, that we need to work harder and asking why we don't have progressing investigators. We had a small bit of miscommunication, BUT we worked it out and it's true, when you have small conflicts or disagreements, you end up loving the people even more. I know they are here to help us out. leaders are here to support us. help us grow. A moment of reflection is what it was. 

We are just working hard to find new people. trying to find the pearl of great price. the people ready to live and accept the gospel.

I know the Lord has a plan for my companion and I in this area. I read in the BOM this week a scripture that really hit home. It reads:

And behold, I have given you the law and the commandments of my Father, that ye shall believe in me, and that ye shall repent of your sins, and come unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Behold, ye have the commandments before you, and the law is fulfilled.

All the Lord wants is us. All of us. I know Christ is our Savior. He is the light and life of the World. I love Him and will forever follow His ways.

If you get a chance, watch this beautiful video. It will touch your heart I can promise you that.   https://www.mormon.org/easter/hallelujah

Love you all!!
Hermana Cross

You want me to do what?
You sure?
Okay...here I go!

Friday, March 18, 2016

52 emails to go!

Happy Monday!

This week was good! As usual,  just working super hard. The weather this week was nuts. It was like
my first week here. A TON of rain. But the worst part (and was actually really fun) was that there was a crazy amount of wind. I felt like Dorthy in the wizard of oz. Hermana Meza and I were braving the storm. Our poor little umbrellas were on the brink of breaking. I wish I had a picture but I was too busy protecting myself haha. It's always fun to have a day a little out of the ordinary. The wind continued for another day or so. Enough that schools were cancelled and kids went home early. The zone leaders called us saying that if there wasn't light in our area we had to go home....but...we had light. We just continued working hard! The Lords work doesn't stop because there's a small (huge) breeze. 

Anyway this week brought good news and bad news. The good news is that we found a new investigator. She seems to have a ton of potential. We taught her twice and she assisted a baptism with us! it wasn't our baptism but we brought her along to see really what a baptism is. That its nothing crazy weird. Unfortunately she didn't go to the church. other commitments or something along the lines of that. But it's all good. We will just have to wait and see where this will all go!

Okay some unfortunate news. We thought we were going to have a baptism this week with 2 kids. 13 and 8 years old. We called president to check if we could still do the baptism (because turns out the mom really isn't a less active like we thought). He said no. No because there isn't anyone that will support them until they go on a mission. I understand that. Now is our chance to convert the whole fam. It's a small set back, and a little hard when we have seen change in the 13 year old, but I know it's for a reason.

That has pretty much been my week. We hit up the ruins last monday again and it was super fun! learning more about the culture is great. It's called Teotihuacan if any of you are interested in looking it up :)

This week I complete 6 months in the mission. I cant believe it. Just a shout out to every single one of you that supports me and prays for me. I feel the love that you have for me! love you all!!!

Hermana Cross

Lots and lots of pictures this week. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Press Forward

Wow can you believe it's March? I can't. It's so crazy!! Well this week was a lot better! Not that the other weeks were bad.....they just weren’t super great. I have really learned more about pressing forward. That we just have to keep going even when life throws some obstacles in your way. It's like Lot's wife. The only command was not to look back. But, for some reason, she looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. We probably won't turn into a pillar of salt if we figuratively "look back" but it will hold us back from our progression. We all have hard times. We all make mistakes that we never want to happen again. But we need to let the past go. Accept what has happened, what is currently happening and move forward. Keep your eyes focused on Christ. Keep your thoughts and actions focused in Him. He is the one that will help you most to grow. He will help you see your potential. I have a firm testimony is this. As is says in Moroni 10:32:  

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God"

That was my spiritual ah-ha moment. We have found more investigators this week. And more that accepted the invitation to be baptized with a specific date. Seriously guys, the Lord will not let us down. A new investigator went to church with us too! he even brought his friend! Talk about missionary work haha. It was stake conference and that was great. Some super awesome talks and the spirit is always so strong when we are gathered together to listen to the same message of the gospel. We are just working hard every day. We just want to do what the Lord expects of us :)

On the non-spiritual side, we left our zone during the week to eat out with members. We went to a buffet and the food was soooo good. Buffet of Mexican food of course but woooweee so delish. I also ate some really kind of gross tacos this week. Soy tacos. Yeah you don’t want to try them haha. But something new is always good! We helped make a cake for the mom of our recent convert Alex. that was fun. Service is always a fun mix up during the week :) Well that was my week! Nothing super exciting but yeah! Hope you all have a wonderful week! love you all!

Hermana Cross

I can ride my bike with no handle bars

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Circle of (mission) Life

Wow we just finished another cycle. 6 weeks come and gone. It was crazy fast. Seriously cannot believe it. probably even crazier for my daughter. She's half way done with training! Wow is the only word that I have to say about that. We obviously didnt have cambios and I'm here in Los Pinos for another 6 weeks! it's all good because I thoroughly enjoy this area. It's true right now that the work is a tad slow. We find the people. They progress a tad. They stop progressing. We go back to finding. It's the pattern right now. I know that God has a plan for this area. I just sometimes have a hard time seeing it. Pray and work hard is the cure for this though. No worries, I'm never going to give up. there are people out there who are in desperate need of the gospel.

Anyway, this week was pretty much the same. As for the highlights, we had another ward mission activity. This one had more of a serious tone. Not super serious but more than the last. It was called "mini CCM." It was super cool because the youth and primary were the missionaries. They taught other members and seriously the spirit is so strong with those little ones. We had the opportunity to teach the non members that came. A group of them. It was super neat. This activity really helped strengthen my testimony. It's true that we bare testimony ALWAYS. But in this case it felt different. It really confirmed that this is the restored gospel. the same gospel that Christ established. It's such a blessing to serve here in mexico and help others come to know the same.

Friday we usually have weekly planning in our house, but this week we had a training about weekly planning in our zone. To help us out more. Fix a few things as well. It was different to plan in the church but I learned a lot. Planning everyday and for every week eliminates a ton of stress that's for sure.

Really I think those 2 things are the highlights of this week haha. sorry it's not super exciting. The weather right now is crazy. Hot. Cold. Windy. Rain. Pachuca is bipolar haha. The mission is still super great. It always is. Even when the work feels hard, the mission is still the best! thanks for all of your love and support and your prayers :)

Hermana Cross

Fetching hombres

Happy last week of February! Crazy right? This week had many super long days. That being said this email will probably be short. To begin, we had some potential investigators last week. This week 3 of them dropped us. THREE. All of them sent us a message or told us.."right now no for personal reasons." Here is the key...all of them said they had problems with their husbands...all of them taking control over their wives. I told my district leader that in weekly reports and all he had to say was "fetching hombres." I thought it was funny and absolutely true. We are just working hard right now to find people who want to progess. None of our investigators went to church again. Sometimes it's frustrating...especially when we have to talk about whats happening in this area with the ward council. Oh well we are trying our best and if we trust in the Lord everything will work out.

This week we also had our zone conference. Super great as always. It's fun to see other missionaries that I know. Many that I don't know and it just blows my mind that there are so many missionaries here that I have no clue who they are or really that they exist haha. I learned in the zone conference that it's the smaller things that matter most. That really we are exactly obedient not because president wants us to be, but because it's what the Lord wants. There are so many blessing when we are obedient. I completed 5 months this week. Crazy right? In 4 more weeks I'll be at half of a year! Right now Pachuca is finally starting to heat up. people tell me that spring is super hot. Pachuca changes it's weather all the time. I think I'm actually getting more tan. WOO. one step closer to becoming a Mexican.

As for something fun and interesting about this week, I had some major revelation in a dream. this has never happened to me. It was AWESOME. I had a dream how to teach the atonement. Like another example. Also my companion says that I teach in my sleep. Just doing the Lords work 24/7 haha She says my compromisos are very direct and my Spanish is better when I sleep. does that mean it's okay to close my eyes during a lesson? JUST KIDDING. The work is progressing slowly but it's all good in the hood. The mission is great no matter what. And as for training, my daughter is just killing it. Seriously I am blessed with a super great companion. We get along great and I really hope she becomes a trainer after. That was my week and looks like my email is it's normal length or longer haha. Have a great week!!!


Hermana Cross
Helping out an unfinished saying

Chop - Chop!
Zone Conference ready