We had our last lesson with Mauricio and will have our last lesson with Edgar next week on Monday! We have started talking more with all the Latinos, especially at meals. It's a lot of fun and and you learn so much talking to them. There are some Hermanas that we've been sitting by at dinner now. One is from Mexico and the other from Peru. They're both going somewhere in northern Mexico on their missions! And there are some elders who sit behind us in the comedor who we've gotten to know as well. They leave on Monday from the CCM to their missions!
There was a really cool rainstorm the other day, I believe on Friday. There was an awesome double rainbow that you could see both sides of! And there was a really cool orange sunset. The lighting is always so cool here at sunset, maybe it's just the smog, but the lighting is always orange!! Haha.
I'm going to miss my district so much! They've become like family to me! It's going to be hard to leave them, but I'm sure we'll all try to keep in contact! We've been through a lot and learned more about each other than most people learn about each other. It's bitter-sweet having to leave the CCM. I love Mexico so much and all the people here, my district, my teachers, the workers. But...I'm excited to go to California. I know I'll meet so many amazing people there, I'll get a new companion that I will be able to learn from and learn to love! I'm excited for what lies ahead and grateful for the things that I have gone through and learned here!
One thing I've learned while I've been here at the CCM is how to love others! It truly is through loving others and caring about them that the spirit can guide us to help them. I've had so many opportunities to serve my companion, my district, my 'investigators.' And I know that I'll have more opportunities to serve and love others in el campo misional (mission field).
I'm sorry I can't remember much about what happened this week, but it was a great week! The time here at the CCM is so weird, and who knows, maybe the mission field will be the same--but it seems like the days are really long, but looking back, the weeks go by SO fast! I love you all and hope you have an amazing week!
Recordar, el justo de las almas es grande en la vista de Dios
(Remember, the worth of souls is great in the sight of God).
Never pass up a single opportunity to serve others.
PS: I just realized I have my devotional/sunday journal with me. During relief society last sunday, Hermana Pratt gave a lesson around the talk, "The Love, The essence of the Gospel" by President Monson. I think it would be a great talk to have a FHE lesson about! There were a couple things in the talk and things she mentioned that I just wanted to share and point out with you:
-our relationships with our companion, or family, are key to whether or not we can have the spirit with us
-Love (like faith) can only be evidence by our actions-->kindness, patience, selflessness, understanding, forgiveness (all attributes of Christ)
-all important will be 1-our ability to recognize someone's need, and then 2-respond to that need
-stumbling block of that (above) is that we're too focused on our own problems and what we need that we don't recognize the needs of others; we need to lose ourselves in service)
-pray and focus on the needs of others, don't just pray for yourself; "focus on others"
-this ideal of "loving our brother"is not easy to do; it takes: selflessness, our time, and sacrifice
-we need to be on slightly higher ground to be able to lift and help others; ex: we can't teach the importance of prayer if we aren't praying
-"as we give, we find that 'sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.' and in the end, we learn it was no sacrifice at all"-spencer w. kimball
-forgiveness heals; don't leave pains fester; be quick to forgive
-don't let an opportunity to be kind pass us by
-smile, a wave, kind compliment, a kind comment, show interest in another's activities, be patient and kind in teaching someone a principle; we must be sincere and encouraging
-I will "respond with love and kindness to whatever might come my way"
-It doesn't come just by hoping and praying, we need to DO
-set daily goals to show love and kindness to your family
-as we do so, we can truly love our Heavenly Father
-greatest commandment=love god; 2nd greatest=love thy neighbor as thyself
-we have to love others to love God and vice versa; we have to love God to love others
-LOVE SHOULD BE THE VERY HEART OF FAMILY LIFE
I love this talk, if you get a chance, I suggest either reading or watching it. We watched it during RS, then we discussed it with Hna. Pratt (the MTC presiden't wife). :)
Love you all and hope you have an amazing week! The next time I get to talk to you may be when I'm in California! Supposedly some elders in our district heard that during our last TALL language study session, if we're finished we can use that time to email, so we'll see. That would probably be either Saturday or Monday :) I'll try to send some pics if I can get the computer to work, haha!
Love, Hermana Hansen <3