Monday, January 30, 2017

Hope you all had a super awesome week! This week was great for us. We were able to find more people to teach that are willing to listen to us which is always great! Last Saturday there was a big parade here in our area. They shut down one of the main streets in our area and different groups of people were just dancing down the street! It was awesome! There's so many different types of dances here in Peru and every single one of them has a story and a place of origin. As a dancer, I really appreciated it! They were all dressed up in super Peruvian clothes too! The Peruvian culture is seriously so beautiful! 
We had a worldwide missionary broadcast this last Wednesday. They announced some changes that are pretty big for us missionaries! The information we report to the mission every week is different now, before there were 9 indicators that we reported. Now there's only 4! Which is pretty big difference, all you people reading who have served a mission understand haha. Also they schedule changed. We have a lot more freedom in the time that we do our studies. We also have the option to go to bed an hour earlier which I am so excited about because I am so tired at the end of every day!! I really think these changes are going to help us and allow us to work more effectively with the time we have to proselyte.
Something I've been thinking a lot about this week is patience. It's definitely something I have developed on the mission and something I am still working on haha. Patience is the ability to endure affliction without retaliation or complaint. Our Savior was perfect example of patient. He was rejected by so many but never complained, he never opened his mouth. He knew it was the will of the Father and he had to complete it with perfect patience. One of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon is Mosiah 14. It relates to some of the things that the prophet Isaiah said in the Bible. It talks about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Personally, I think it's one of the most beautifully written chapters in all the scriptures. The next time you are feeling frustrated or impatient, remember all the rejection our Savior experienced. Remember his Atonement, and find strength in him.

 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
 All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all.
 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he opened not his mouth.
 He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people was he stricken.
 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no evil, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Mosiah 14
Que tengan una bonita semana (: los quiero mucho, chau chau!
Hermana Celardo

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