WELL, this week was just full of crazy, awesome things! We had divisions, a visit from a Seventy, and of course...Halloween/Dia de los Muertos!
We started divisons Monday night. I left with Elder Hernàndez from Monterrey. He knows a lot of English, but I took advantage of practicing my Spanish 24/7. I think it helped me a lot more in the lessons, too! Definitely one of many things I learned from my first divisions experience. That and the other Elders have a waaayy better apartment then ours (not at all jealous). Elder Hernàndez is super cool and it was fun to learn more about his life back in Monterrey.
So, that was Monday-Tuesday and on Wednesday, Elder Nielson and his wife visited our mission. Elder Nielson is an Area Seventy and Chairman of the Mission Committee (basically in charge of all the missionary work in the entire world). He and his wife not only spoke to us, but held training sessions and answered our doctrine based questions. My mind was about to explode with all the incredible inspiration and knowledge I recieved! I learned so many amazing things that will not only help me be a better missionary, but a better child of God as well.
One of my favorite things he taught was an example he used about the importance of obeying the commandments of God. He explains that someone who wants to challenge or test one of God's laws is like someone who wants to test the Law of Gravity. We can't see Gravity, so how do we know it's important or even there? In his example, a man stands at the top of a 5 story building and jumps, to test this ¨Law.¨ He falls to the 4th and 3rd floor and feels completely fine. Maybe even thinks he was right all along. At the 2nd his feelings change and by the 1st he realizes that he made a big mistake. However, it's too late and he hits the ground. Sometimes it's hard to understand and follow all of God's commandments. Maybe it feels as though there are no real consequences in disobeying them. However as Elder Nielson said, ¨the ground always come.¨ He definitely explained it much better.
Anyway, the last thing of course was Halloween weekend!! I think my Halloween this year was just a tad different than usual. We had to go in after lunch at 4:00 to be safe, so we took care of all our festivities before that. Including, Trick or Treating. Yes, missionaries can trick or treat too IF they are amazing English teachers and are explaining US traditions to a bunch of Mexicans. It was awesome! For English class we bought a bunch of candy and had our students knock, say trick or treat, and talk to us in English in order to get candy. It was fun seeing full grown adults trick or treating and asking for candy in broken English. Definitely an unforgettable experience! After all that excitement, I bought a bunch of Pan de Muerte and we studied the rest of the night! FUN! On Sunday the only festive thing I tried was dulce de Calabaza which tasted like the smell of Halloween. Definitely interesting.
Hopefully you all had an amazing Halloween and ate waay to much candy!! Oh! And today I got a lot of letters so 1) Thank you so much for your love and support (I will respond to all of them, eventually) 2) The mail has been reliable so far and doesn't take too long. Thanks again for everything! I'll try to get more pictures up more often, too. Love you, BYE!
con muchismo amor,
Carson wanted to share this video about the opportunities all around us to share the gospel with others.
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