Monday, April 18, 2016

Adventures in Mexico

 in the rain, and LOVING it :)
Dearest Darlingest Family and Friends,

It´s great to hear that you´re all alive and well, and that you´re all continuing to grow and learn and have exciting experiences without me!  This week has been a week of much work and many miracles.  Here are just a few of them:
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Elder Oaks
Miracle 1) We (the mission Ciudad de Mexico, Este) got to see, hand-shake, and listen to a called and inspired prophet and apostle of the Lord (Dallin H. Oaks), who gave us counsel on a variety of topics related to missionary work and this mortal experience.  One special tidbit from our time with him is this "Wisdom is the APPLICATION of doctrine" and in order to be wise, we must truly aply the things that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have taught us.  Also, we got to sing in a choir for Elder Oaks, and we practiced and performed a truly stirring rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (or "Himno de la Batalla de la Republica).

 Our Ward Mission Leader, Alexis
Miracle 2) Even though we had to completely miss our studies for a couple of days to practice for and listen to Elder Oaks, we (Hermana Woodard and I) were able successfully to pull off a ward activity and we both spoke in church on Sunday. In spanish, nonetheless!

Miracle 3) Two investigators with whom we have worked A LOT this last cycle and who we had to drop last week called us and said they wanted to be baptized this next Sunday.

Miracle 4) For a variety of circumstances we weren´t able to work very much this week, but by a series of small miracles, we helped several investigators get to church, and we met and exceeded some of our weekly goals as a companionship.

Miracle 5) a woman I contacted almost 3 months ago, along with her entire family got baptized (they live in the area next to us, and we to pass the reference to the Elders there).  The husband had to overcome some serious problems with substance abuse to arrive at the day of his baptism, but HE DID IT!

MIracle 6) We DIDN´T get transfers, and so Hermana Woodard and I get to work together in Olivos at least one more cycle (6 weeks).

That´s a lot of miracles, isn´t it!?  Well, I know there are more coming, because this work functions BECAUSE it is the work of God, and for no other reason.  So if you or anyone you know is passing through trials that seem insurmountable, just remember that our God is a God of miracles, and He will help us in His time.

Be safe and do wonderful things everyeone!

Lots of love,
Hermana Houghton
My dear companion´s reaction to finding
special friends in her mattress last week
--we cleaned it VERY THOROUGHLY.

That´s right kids, we found a TRIPLE banana in the
Tianguies this week--life just keeps getting better and better!

our investigator´s house has a little door-thing.. .it´s fun :)

When I had to chase the rooster in our house!

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