Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014 - Elder Liljenquist is Truly Amazing!

Palenque Ruins!!
 Okay, is he not the most handsome Elder ever??:)
Hey Everyone!

Well it was a good first week of the transfer! We have been working pretty hard in our area! I hope so bad that we can see the reward for the work that we are putting into our area! Not gonna lie, I have been exhausted the past week! Every night when we get home, it kills me that we still have to plan for the next day! The temperature here has turned up quite a bit! It has been nice because the last week there was nothing but clouds and overcast skies! But know I miss it! haha... The sun is so hot here! Because the sun came out, that means all the dang mosquitoes are back! Freak! They were bad this week! Our president put in his announcements that we all have to buy repellent for them!
Our area is doing pretty good! Our president has really tried to challenge us to talk with everyone that we see or come in contact with. I have tried really hard in the past week to do that! Just trying to make small conversation with the people here and it's so easy because they are all such a talkative type of people! It has made me really try and take away all the nerves too! haha. 
We have been working a lot with Felix this past week! He is going to be baptized this Saturday! He is progressing really well and has been coming to church every week! He works in maintenance of yards and things like that. He goes around and cleans for people…. Basically what I did for the 6 or 7 months till I left on my mission! Haha. So we always stop and help him when we see him working. I have gotten pretty good with the machete! haha. It's crazy that they still use those down here! Saturday he had a pretty big job to do and wasn't sure if he was going to be able to go church because he had to finish it! So we went with him and helped! We got it all finished so that he could come to church with us! We talked with him after church and I brought up baptism for the next week. He then said he doesn't know if he feels like he is ready! I need your help! PLEASE Pray that he can be ready for Saturday!!
Claudia and her family are still progressing. The only problem is that Claudia and her daughter need to either marry their husbands or separate themselves. They went out of town this past weekend and were not able to come to church, So we have to move their dates to the 1 of march! But supposedly when they get back, their husbands will be gone! Let's hope that everything goes well! 
Mayra is doing pretty well also. She is studying and always really tired! We have to wait until Saturdays to be able to teach her. She should be ready to be baptized in the next week! 
This past week has really been a test of my patience. It really sucks when you think something is going so well and then falls through and you don't know why. You work and work and work and then you think it's all for nothing. It is a really frustrating feeling, I though of a video from Jeffery R Holland. When we fail or are taken down and can't get back up and we think why?...We need to remember that someone much better than us asked the same question..why. Let us think before we complain and see that our trials are for our benefit and there is nothing that we can't overcome if we do what we know is right. I know that this is true. 
I love all of you and am so grateful for all of the help and support!

Elder Liljenquist

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