How are you? This past week was amazing. We got down to Montevideo and had some training from Hermana Smith and she talked about have a tongue of angels. Check out the talk by Elder Jeffrey R Holland. President then blew our minds with some Plan of Salvation doctrine. We then had lunch and some more trainings. The assistants trained us on the new agendas that we will have next change and then we had the opportunity to train the zone. We talked about being above the line and being a instrument in God hands.. also we shared a video of the Atonement. We then had our interviews and mine was a solid 3 minutes. I went in and President said, "The purpose of this interview is to see if there is anything that is stopping you to have the Spirit or receive personal revelation." I told him that there wasn't anything and then he talked about Elder Correa and I finding common ground. It kind of sounded like we will be having another change together. and that was basically the interview. We then had 3 hours to sit around the temple and meditate. The next morning we met around the temple around 8 and Hermana Smith shared a really cool story about the Manti temple and then we started the ordinances. We did our names and 5 others in the baptismal font. It was super cool! We then didn't have enough time to do the initiatory. So we entered the session for another name before lunch and then after lunch we went back to the temple to do initiatory for our ancestors and the session as well. It was so neat to go to the temple 2 times in one day. I learned so much the second time because I still had the first time fresh in my mind. The temple is so great. I really liked a question that President Smith gave us.. "Adán, Adán.. Dónde estás?" .. "Where are you?" It has really helped me think about where I want to be. I always remember that part because when I first went through the temple in Spanish it was one thing that I understood completely. "Where am I? Where do I want to be?" .. I spent some good time thinking about it.. and I invite you to do the same. We then spent a good few hours in the mission home celebrating Christmas.. we even got our own stockings! It was a great trip!
Birthday!.. The birthday was good! The familia Melo made it special. They gave us lunch and dinner. Hermano Milo was also celebrating his birthday so we all sang "Felix Cumpleaños" two times and had some cake. Wonderful family. Elder Correa gave me a shirt of his and sent out a text reminding the zone of my birthday so I got calls all throughout the day of missionaries singing (:
This past week in the area was pretty good.. we lost our 2 with baptismal date this past week but we were able to find some more people. We found another Matias and this find was very unique. We left with Hermana Chivel and we went to our set charla but it turns out it wasn´t so set after all.. the charla fell. She then told us of a cousin that she had that we could visit.. not there either. We were stuck with nothing.. we had people to visit but in the complete opposite part of the area and we weren't going to make the Hermana walk super far. Just when we thought that we had nothing the Hermana started to look around and she saw a couple outside enjoying the sun and their maté and she said we can talk to them and just walked up to them and because to talk to them. After some small talk the husband pulled out some chairs and we took a seat and taught the Restoration to him. Who knows if he is going to progress or not.. We hope he does but I was just so happy to see this member living her purpose. Could you imagine if every member was like this sweet Hermana? If only everyone understood their responsibility in sharing the gospel. ¡Que capa! Those moments in that charla was definitely the highlight of the work in the area.
Well my cute family.. who I love and adore. I must be getting going! I sure love you all so much! To finish I would just like to say..18 days (: See you very soon but for now.. until next week! Ü
Love, Elder Taylor Abel.. a missionary in training.. #6months2sexy (;
Hermano Melo and I! Difference of 33 years. Such a great guy.
After a good workout! I'm looking fabulous (;
Santidad al Señor, Casa del Señor. During out meditation.