Normally the beginning of transfers are a little awkward with new companions since you don't want to step on your new companion's toes and you have to try to get to know her, but guess what? I'm with Sister Monson again. It's like being reunited with a long lost friend.
Wednesday we were able to do temple service and what a blessing it was to be able to be on the grounds for 3 hours. I miss that place. We are also going to a session some time this month, so that's always an exciting time and place to receive revelation. We planted flowers next to the entrance, so when we come back to visit family, I will show you the hard work we did.
The Fourth of July never fails to be one of my favorite holidays. This one was just a tad bit different however. I am so grateful for the country of freedom we live and that I am able to represent by Savior by sharing this Gospel here. We were also fed by a half spanish half american family, so we still ate barbeque food and yeah it was delightful to my taste buds.
I had a ton of random moments of enlightenment this week. The first was when we were visiting a less-active member of over 20 years. The Elders had run into her and gave us her information and we were there faster than you can say chimichanga. We had shared "Gracias a El" with her and even though I have seen it over 100 times, it hit me. That when the earth was shaking and Jesus Christ was suffering on the cross He thought of me, Hermana Brooks. My inadequate, weird, and imperfect self. He knew that I wasn't going to be perfect and because He wanted to enjoy all the blessings in the life to come He died for me. If that isn't love, than I don't know what is. But here's the thing, He didn't just do it for me, He did it for everyone. The second was when we met this special spirit yesterday, named Tito. My heart ached for this man. He could only say yes or no and the other is his best just to mumble the best he can. He has a smile though that could light up this whole city. We can't help but just be so happy when we see him. I'm sure that everyday people pass him on the street and just htink he just another person who needs help, but I saw him as much more than that. I saw him as a son of God. One day he is going to have a perfected and glorified body all because of our Savior, who for a moment suffered for this man. I read a quote this week (I can't remember from who) that says, "The Plan of Salvation has been revealed and which we preach, reaches to the lowest and most degraded of Adam's lost race." I am so grateful for this gospel and the hope and peace and brings into my life and the opportunity I have to become perfected in Jesus Christ.
I love you all!!!