Valencia, you'll always have my heart. Bishop made me say like a final
testimony during Sacrament and I was bawling before I even started
talking. Crying is becoming a serious problem these days. I have grown
to love the members and people and each of my areas, but Valencia Ward
has literally become my family. They've taught me how to love, how to
serve, how to be a true Colombian, how to speak Spanish, and overall
just how to be a better person. I am super sad to be leaving them for
a second time, but also excited for some change... Or that's what I
will keep telling myself to make myself feel better. Secretly hoping
I'm going back to Windy Ridge. The area I was in before this one.
Remember, it's Zion.
It's all about your 'tude.
This week our zone leaders shared something with us that I'd like to
share with all of you in regards to Nephi and his brothers Laman and
Lemuel and our attitude. We all know that Nephi was so willing to
listen to the Lord's and then to do it. Not only did he do it
diligently and without hesitation, but he did it with complete faith
in the Lord and with an optimistic attitude. Laman and Lemuel on the
other hand, did everything that Nephi did, but did it while murmuring
and questioning God and the reasons for these things. Well, on my
mission I have learned a lot about the power that my attitude has had
on my happiness. Everyday we can wake up and decide to hate life and
our circumstances, or we can be like Nephi and choose happiness. I
don't know about ya'll, but I like to choose the latter. Life is a
little easier that way.
You guys are going to be so proud. So our Mexicanos in this area aka
all of our investigators are always challenging me to see how much
pica I can eat (as in spicy) and let me just say homegirl can put it
down. It's pretty impressive. I think after I ate the Jabanero pepper
I can now handle just about anything. I don't if just been being away
for awhile or what, but I take so much pride in my city. Like really,
Vegas, why are you so cool? Where was I going with this? Oh yeah!
There are so many Latinos there that it's going to be like I'm right
at home. We might have to settle for Los Tacos everyday :P
I understand a lot of you don't know exactly what I'm doing out here
as a missionary, but let me just say it's been the greatest decision I
have ever made. Not only have I been able to see a change in others,
but I have also been able to see a change in myself. I know that it's
only been through and because of my Savior Jesus Christ. I'm forever
grateful for my testimony that has been strengthened since I have been
God is real. Jesus Christ loves us. The church is true.
Ps. I'm still a Colombian. Always.