Friday, December 2, 2016

Week 43 - Calgary

Transferencias y la Navidad esta aqui!! :D

I am staying here and I got a new companion!! His name is Elder Jared Sorvari and he is from California. So yeah I will jump right in and start off with transfers! It's been such a crazy week. Lots of stories to tell but not enough time. So like I have said in the past the Spanish program of missionaries here are pretty close to each other and since we just have 2 areas to go to we all like to guess where each of us will go. It's fun and I have been right a couple of times but not this time! So I am staying here in the Spanish branch and Elder Sorvari came down from the Spanish Ward which is in the north part of Calgary. And get this! He has been on his mission for 20 months and has never been to the branch! So crazy, he was in Lethbridge for a little bit but now President Miles closed Lethbridge for Spanish missionaries for a while. Anyways he was in the ward forever and it's just like me with the branch. I have been in the branch all my mission! I love it so much though. The members are incredible and now I get to still teach Carmen and Jorge and hopefully see them get baptized this month. So happy I am here with Elder Sorvari.

So here is a funny story. We had our last lesson with René on Tuesday, we were going to have a lesson with Carmen and Jorge and bring René with us to the lesson but Carmen and Jorge never answered the phone. So we just taught René at his house and when we were talking to him about bringing him to lessons with us we were saying "yeah you can bring your new scriptures too an use them and help us invite others to come unto Christ and repent and have faith in Him" and then somehow it got to him acting like he was picking up his scriptures that we got him and they're the huge ones and he raises them above his head saying "Arrepiéntanse, Arrepiéntanse!!" slamming the book on their heads. We started to die laughing and René was like "noooo es una broma." But yeah that's what René will do if we bring him to lessons. He is so funny and awesome. After we stopped joking around we taught him all about  chapter 8 and 11 of 1 Nephi in the Book of Mormon which is the vision that of the tree of life that Lehi had. He loved it so much and it was such a spiritual lesson. It's amazing how much I have learned from René even when I'm teaching him. He just has so much faith and has changed so much and still is changing and learning. He definitely has a repentant broken heart and a contrite spirit. At the end we shared 1 Nefi 8:11-12. "Y aconteció que me adelanté y comí de su fruto; y percibí que era de lo más dulce, superior a todo cuanto yo había probado antes. Sí, y vi que su fruto era blanco, y excedía a toda blancura que yo jamás hubiera visto. Y al comer de su fruto, mi alma se llenó de un gozo inmenso; por lo que deseé que participara también de él mi familia, pues sabía que su fruto era preferible a todos los demás." The tree of life represents the love of God and when we eat the fruit we are living the gospel and we feel the amazing peace and joy that comes from living the gospel. We invited René to share the gospel with all his family and if we could meet with them too and he said they all are supportive of him and how he was baptized and has changed but they just aren't interested really in the church. That is always hard to hear and then Elder Tate shared some of his experience because he is the only member in his family and they weren't supportive of him joining the church. As time has gone by his family are more supportive now and Rene really loved hearing that. Then we talked some about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and really how He makes it all possible, being able to share the gospel and live it. Its really amazing how every time we talk about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the Spirit really comes into the lesson strong. So I just want to invite y'all this week to talk about the Atonement and study some scriptures and talks about it, especially "The Atonement and the Value of One Soul," by Elder M. Russell Ballard.

I really have so much more to tell but I just want to say this, that if we really are focusing on living a Christ centered life and always learning of His Atonement then we will have so much peace and love come into our lives and all the little problems we deal with everyday will just go away and when a big trial comes you will be able to really turn to the Savior for comfort and feel the love of God. When we do this Christ lifts us up and gives us strength. We just have to let him by following the gospel. I love y'all so much and can't believe its already December and I get to Skype with y'all on Christmas Day!! I am so excited and I love Christmas like you Chrissy haha. There are Christmas lights all over the place and we started listening to Christmas music and I love it! I will send some pics of the lights. Its so cool how we celebrate Christmas because of Christ. He is the light of the world and I love the new Christmas video the church put out on We all have the light of Christ.

Love, Elder Proctor

Stylin' in Calgary

Sister Grange with photobomber

Tri-panionship no more :(

Sweet decorated house (they weren't interested)

Working at the soup kitchen