Friday, June 24, 2016

Email end of week 2 beginning of week 3

Everything is great here! Earlier we did district on district volleyball in the gym and it was super fun! It doesn’t rain here a ton but it does at least once a week. It’s really nice to fall asleep to the rain. 

My companion is from Monticello, Utah. He is going to the Cuidad Mexico West Mission so we're practically in his mission at the CCM.

We usually sit in a classroom for 12 hours a day and learn spanish and gospel stuff. Oh my gosh since I got here whenever I do personal study in the scriptures I understand them so much more because the spirit is so strong here. We get up at 6:30 and go to bed at 10:30. maybe even a little before because we are so tired. Every Sunday we watch a church movie and his week was The Restoration and it was so good! This week we're watching meet the Mormons I think so I'm super excited for that.

I'm not really homesick anymore which is good and our lessons are starting to flow better. It was cool yesterday we had to teach real members and we taught this little old lady named Carmen and she was really nice! We were teaching on faith in Christ and I taught the story of how Zeezrom wanted Alma and Amulek to heal him and they asked if he had faith in Christ he would be healed. Long story short that was the best spanish I’ve ever spoken. As I taught words were put into my mouth and it was amazing! Oh and that story is in Alma 15.

We had a pretty bad lesson earlier this week so I was little down but after the lesson yesterday I'm feeling a lot better and I have a lot of friends and I think my favorite thing is getting home and writing in my journal and reading my patriarchal blessing.

Alma: Chapter 15

Alma and Amulek go to Sidom and establish a church—Alma heals Zeezrom, who joins the Church—Many are baptized, and the Church prospers—Alma and Amulek go to Zarahemla. About 81 B.C.

1 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek were commanded to depart out of that city; and they departed, and came out even into the land of Sidom; and behold, there they found all the people who had departed out of the land of Ammonihah, who had been cast out and stoned, because they believed in the words of Alma.

2 And they related unto them all that had happened unto their wives and children, and also concerning themselves, and of their power of deliverance.

3 And also Zeezrom lay sick at Sidom, with a burning fever, which was caused by the great tribulations of his mind on account of his wickedness, for he supposed that Alma and Amulek were no more; and he supposed that they had been slain because of his iniquity. And this great sin, and his many other sins, did harrow up his mind until it did become exceedingly sore, having no deliverance; therefore he began to be scorched with a burning heat.

4 Now, when he heard that Alma and Amulek were in the land of Sidom, his heart began to take courage; and he sent a message immediately unto them, desiring them to come unto him.

5 And it came to pass that they went immediately, obeying the message which he had sent unto them; and they went in unto the house unto Zeezrom; and they found him upon his bed, sick, being very low with a burning fever; and his mind also was exceedingly sore because of his iniquities; and when he saw them he stretched forth his hand, and besought them that they would heal him.

6 And it came to pass that Alma said unto him, taking him by the hand: Believest thou in the power of Christ unto salvation?

7 And he answered and said: Yea, I believe all the words that thou hast taught.

8 And Alma said: If thou believest in the redemption of Christ thou canst be healed.

9 And he said: Yea, I believe according to thy words.

10 And then Alma cried unto the Lord, saying: O Lord our God, have mercy on this man, and heal him according to his faith which is in Christ.

11 And when Alma had said these words, Zeezrom leaped upon his feet, and began to walk; and this was done to the great astonishment of all the people; and the knowledge of this went forth throughout all the land of Sidom.

12 And Alma baptized Zeezrom unto the Lord; and he began from that time forth to preach unto the people.

13 And Alma established a church in the land of Sidom, and consecrated priests and teachers in the land, to baptize unto the Lord whosoever were desirous to be baptized.

14 And it came to pass that they were many; for they did flock in from all the region round about Sidom, and were