Monday, July 6, 2015

My mom is cooler than your mom.

Happy Birthday to my dear mom, she turns 25 today so go send her some love. 

This was a good week, we had a lot of work and met some awesome people. We are working really hard still with Matilde to get her to the 19th for her baptismal date and she is really excited. I love being able to see a change in someones attitude when they embrace the gospel and just start to love more. She keeps telling us how happy she is in the last few weeks and how much better she is getting along with her family. Saturday we found a stellar little family of 6 that we are pumped about and Sunday Lucila was confirmed. Good week.

This week every city police officer in poza rica got fired at the same time and the marines, the civil force, and the federal and state police came in to clean up corruption so that was pretty cool to see half of the mexican military force driving down the boulevard in Ford Lobos and three guys with machine guns in the back. This morning there was a drug bust about 3 blocks from our house but we were on the bus when we passed so I couldn't take pics. sorry guys.

I have been dengue level sick since saturday so I was pretty down sunday morning, but we had to go pass for investigators so we busted out at like 8:30 and were running all over the place in the 95 degree heat trying to stop by and excite everyone to go. Around 9:45 we were up on the bottom of this huge hill by the chappel and we realized we still had to run to go see a teenage kid on the top of the hill so we left our suits and bags in the chappel, grabbed a brother to drive us up to where the pavement ended, and walter payton sprinted up this giant muddy hill to wake him up. We got there and he was still asleep and his uber catholic mom wouldnt wake him up so we were like AH!. Then we realized Lucila had asked us to confirm her and it was 9:55 so we sprinted down the hill and made it into the chappel at 10:05, caught our breath, and confirmed her. When we finally sat down it was the sacrament hymn and we were both exhausted and so thirsty.

I pulled out my scriptures to read about the last supper and opened up to where christ says "I am the living water" and the "bread of life" and whosoever would drink of him would never thirst. When the sacrament cup finally came and it touched my lips, I think I understood more than ever what that means. Sometimes as members we get distracted during the sacrament, we get lost thinking, we are trying to keep the kids quiet, we are on our phones (tait), whatever it is, a lot of the time we don't focus on what we are doing. Elder Christensen taught us when he came that "When we partake of the sacrament we don't just renew baptismal covenants, we renew EVERY covenant that we have made" I invite you all to prepare yourselves to partake of the sacrament and to make it a sanctifying experience for you individually. I testify of the divinity of the work we are all a part of when we are "anxiously engaged". I testify that Christ lives. He loves you.

Miss you all,

-Elder Draper

Happy 4th of July!!!

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