Okay, moment of truth… transfers were this week… DRUM ROLL PLEASE…
NO TRANSFERS FOR ME!!! YAYAYAYAYAYA!!!
Me toca otra seis semanas ague en la belleza que es Cajamarca. Basically this means I will (at least) have more than 8 months in the mission before I leave Cajamarca. ALMOST HALF MY MISSION! Craziness. I really do love this place. I thought for sure I would be transferred and the miracle is that every other companionship in our zone had transfers except for us! #tendermercies
This week Mario said something to us that really stood out to me. He said, “Hermanas, sabe que, ser un seguidor de Cristo es bien duro… pero hay bendiciones tambien.” (In English: “You know what sisters, being a follower of Christ is really hard, but there are blessings, too.”) His statement is so true. He gets it. Since their baptism, they have had a LOT of trials. A LOT of challenges and hardships that just aren’t fair. And yet, they have been firm as can be in their faith! I really couldn’t be prouder of them. Last week, Mario received the priesthood, and this week he passed the sacrament for the first time! And you can bet that they were one of the first families in the chapel that morning.
In Elder Holland’s talk, “The Cost and Blessings of Discipleship,” he says,
"The road leading to the promised land 'flowing with milk and honey' of necessity runs by way of Mount Sinai, flowing with 'thou shalts' and 'thou salt nots'.”
Melani and Mario are basically my heroes in this principle. This week, their families turned against them for joining the church, Mario hasn’t had hardly any work, and they're buying one diaper at a time for their baby boy. Even so, they decided before all of these trials came that they would be obedient, pay their tithing, and keep the Sabbath Day holy. The road leading to the promised land always goes through Mount Sinai!
Like Mario said, following Christ is really hard, but there are blessings, too! I testify of these blessings. Some come soon, some come later, and some only come in the heavens, but for those who live the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come!
As always, our Savior was the perfect example. “He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,” (Isaiah 53). Following His example never was and never will be easy. But it will always be worth it. Being a missionary of the Lord Jesus Christ isn’t the easiest thing, either, but people like Mario and Melani make it worth it! Alma 26:30-31. Until next week!
With All My Love,
PS: When Mario and Melani found out they would be having home teachers/ visiting teachers come visit them, they asked who they would be visiting. WHO EVEN ARE THEY?!?