Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tad Bit Late. . .

From 9 December 2015

It's December.  And yes.  WE have decorations :)

Dearest Family!

Sorry this email is coming a bit late this week, we had transfers, and even though I haven´t moved, and I´m still in Bosques with Hermana Bracamonte, on the weeks we have transfers, Pday is on Wednesday.

It has been an exciting, and kind-of crazy week!  We received a large stack of cards for the "A Savior is Born" campaign of the church (please see the website for more information), and so we set a goal to give out ALL of the cards we received during this month (before Christmas).  This means that we have to give out cards and contact about 6-10 people each day, and follow up on those who express interest in the video.  Fortunately, Christmas is awesome, and Bosques is a pretty good area for contacting because there are lots of people out and about during the day.  Other than that, the Elders we shared a ward with went home last week, and we received news on Tuesday that they won´t be replaced, so our area just doubled in size, and they moved our church building, so now we´re meeting about 30 minutes away from where we live (instead of 5 minutes).  Long story short, Hermana Bracamonte and I have a LOT of work to do, and it will be a very busy, cycle--full of walking and possibly running to get to all the parts of our area.  Fortunately, she has learned her Houghton lessons well, and knows what #2 (it´s going to be a very busy week) and #3 (It´s going to be a very busy month) mean.  

In other news, our investigators are all pretty new right now, but this last week we found some new ones that seem very promising.  I love teaching families, especially, because our message is so important for families, and can apply to them and help them in so many aspects.  Of course, it´s a message for every person, but it´s especially powerful when applied to families.  Also, I love living so near the temple.  Here in Bosques, the temple is only a 15 minute bus ride away, and that is such a blessing.  Even though we don´t get to go there too often, we get to invite people to visit the visitor´s center, see the Christmas lights, and learn more about Jesus Christ right around the corner at the temple.

Also, I love the Book of Mormon.  A couple of weeks ago, the President of the mission announced that we were going to read the entire Book of Mormon and Preach My Gospel as a mission over the next 13 weeks.  So I´ve finished 1st and 2nd Nephi, and this week we´re heading into the book of Jacob,  Basically, it´s the best book I´ve ever read, and every time I read it again, I learn something new about Heavenly Father, and His plan for us. 

my planner for this month!
Also, something else that I´m learning more and more as I serve a mission is how truly important the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  I realize that perfection is basically impossible to attain in this life.  If we strive for it, we are doomed to fail.  But with Christ as our mediator, we don´t have to be perfect, we just have to try a little each day to do a little better.  And one day, we will look back and realize that the little bit we changed every single day has changed us into completely different people.  That´s part of the plan.  

Merry Christmas to all.  Remember, please, the reasons why we´re celebrating this season, and do something to share your reasons with the world.

Lots of love,
Hermana Houghton

Hermana Bracamonte and I at the house of a member 
today (doing laundry and making pancakes!)

Enviado desde mi iPad---Just kidding.  I don´t have an ipad.  Ain´t nobody got time for that!

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