So this week I had a really cool spiritual experience with personal revelation in one of my personal studies. I was feeling a little down on myself for various reasons the days before, and I prayed to heavenly father to know what I should study and what I needed to know in that moment. I felt prompted to study preach my gospel, and I opened up to the Christlike attribute page where it talked about hope. I read the passage, and it really stood out to me. I realized that Satan was trying his best to distiguish my hope. He wanted me to think that I could never improve as a missionary, and that I would always be stuck how I am. I realized that my progress was slow because I didn't have the hope in Jesus Christ and his atonement like I need to have. I was so thankful to heavenly father for guiding me exactly where I needed to go. I was also inspired in general conference as I heard many speakers talk about hope and related subjects. (Like Elder Holland! That talk was just what I needed.)
Speaking of General conference, we went to Ocotlan to watch conference, because they were watching it in english there, and I wanted to get as much out of conference as possible. (I knew I would miss a lot if I watched it in spanish.) We went to Ocotlan on Friday and stayed there until Sunday afternoon. It was really great to be able to watch it in English, and it was also fun to see it with my friends Elder Weaver and Elder Merrill. Elder Silvestre had the idea to eat habanero peppers together, and I reluctantly participated. It was really really hot!! We all suffered. I got a bit in my eye, and that hurt, but it distracted me from the spiciness, so it was all good. Thats why my eye looks the way it does in the picture below. But it was also fun, in a painful kind of way, ha...
General conference was really, really good! I really liked how so many people talked about how this gospel changes people, and that we are all children of heavenly father. I think that often times we get so caught up in what we have to do and other parts of church life that we forget this wonderful idea. We are literally children of a God, and he loves us so very much. We will all someday live in a kingdom of glory, and If we live well, we will be able to live with our heavenly father and our families for forever. If we fall, we can always get back up. He wants to save us and restore us. I'm going to try to slow down a little more and try to keep this eternal perspective.
So today was the start of a new transfer and I got a new companion! His name is Elder Valazquez, and he's from northern mexico. I've only been with him for a bit, but I'll let you know more about him later! I'm still here in Miahuatlan (by the end of this transfer I'll have 6 months here...) but it's fine! There is still a lot to do here! I'm excited to learn how to work with a new companion and I hope that we will be able to do our very best together.
Thats all I've got for this week! Adios!