This week actually seemed to go by super fast. No idea why, but it's exciting and terrifying all at once. I realized that when I'm done with training, I'll almost have 6 months on the mission since I'll stay with Elder Kleven an additional month before he goes home. It's crazy to even think that I could have that much time on the mission. However, how fast this week went by makes me think it's going to be a lot sooner than I think.
Anyway! This week hasn't been too interesting. Working hard, teaching lessons, crying...I mean trying* to speak spanish, and of course eating a bunch of delicious food. I've been very blessed with good food so far, but I feel my luck is going to run out. I've hear papaya and chicharon con salsa verde are the two things gringos despise and EVERY member is shocked when I say I've never tried it. Elder Kleven knows it's terrible and I take his word for it, but he explains to members that I need to try it at least once. I'm so glad to have such a wonderful teacher who really wants me to experience ALL of what Mexico has to offer. Well, I'll be sure to relate that experience next week.
Other than that, I've been blessed this week to many opportunities to really practice my spanish. I've had several discussions with investigators/members about random stuff and I use all the spanish I got everytime. It has helped me grow in the language a lot and I actually feel really comfortable during them, too. I guess I really don't mind as much if I sound like a complete idiot gringo, because guess what...I am! The one experience I wasn't so calm during was English classes this week. Every Saturday we have free English classes open to everyone. Usually our District Leader leads them, but he had a meeting so Elder Kleven and were supposed to teach. He told us this an hour or so before. No big deal. We get there a little late due to traffic and there are a LOT of people. Well, lot of people and two Gringos, they decided to have two seperate classes and I had to teach one all by myself. One problem, you have to know Spanish to teach Spanish speakers how to speak English! I felt a little stupid at times, but it was overall a good experience. I love teaching and I learned a lot from it. I just hope someone learned something.
This week on the Mexico City Metro: Shirtless guy comes on the train carrying a bag of glass (I know, already so good). He does some fancy flips using the handrails (naturally). Then, he does a somersault on the glass and begs for money. I love Mexico.
Spiritual thought this week: We don't and won't know everything about the gospel and that's okay! Rereading the Book of Mormon I have realized how many prophets of god confess to not knowing all the mysteries of God and explain man will not know most of the mysteries of God (1Ne11: 17, Jacob4: 8, and many more) However in Words of Mormon v. 7, Mormon explains, " And now, I do not know all things; but theLord knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, heworketh in me to do according to his will."
As we have the spirit with us and study the scriptures, we are blessed with so much knowledge and understanding of the Gospel. However, there are times when we will simply "not know." We forget that we are still a religion of great faith. Sometimes it is best to stick to the simple knowledge that our Heavenly Fathers knows what is best for us and will direct our paths if we are obedient to His commandments. We are promised by God if we keep His commandments we will be blessed. A perfect knowledge of everything isn't neccessary. And, most of the time knowledge is the blessing recievedafter faith is exercised.
Anyways, I love all of your amazing emails! They strengthen me every week! I miss you all like crazy and hope you have an amazing week!
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