Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Through Trials we are taught Patience!

~Cotopaxi Volcano~
It is the 2nd highest active volcano in the world!!!
19,347 feet
Hello Everyone!!
This week has been a really good week!!! Although we haven't had a lot of success...We have been working hard! ha This week has been really good like I said, but definitely really hard. As a companionship, we have a goal to try to develop Christ-like attributes. There is 9 listed in preach my gospel so every week we study 3 attributes. Since this change is short we have to do 3 a week to accomplish them all. But this week one of the attributes we were studying was patience.... And we all know when we ask to have more patience and to help us develop patience... The trials come and don't seem to stop!! haha We were actually teaching these less actives and she also wanted to have more patience with her family and kids and she told us that but didn't want to commit to trying to develop this attribute because she knew trials would come! ha But then we asked the question why do they come? We came to the conclusion that they come because that is the only way we learn. It is like working out, if we keep doing the same things not pushing ourselves, we are not going to grow muscle. We have to push ourselves to a new level in order to ganar (win) something we have never had. It is the same exact thing with the gospel!! I love how the gospel can apply to all phases of life.
We have had so many good lessons this week with our investigators...but it is frustrating because none of them showed up to church!!! You begin to wonder did we do something wrong?? Are we really not following the spirit?? But then we talked it out as a companionship and it is simply just patience on the will of the Lord. Sometimes agency is a bit frustrating... I know out of all people, Mom's know that best! haha But we have to remember that that is the very principle of what we fought for in the pre-mortal life. That was the most profounding difference in the plan of Satan and the plan of God. Our investigators are really great people. I love being able to visit them and help them in any way we can. We actually have a lot of service projects this week so I am excited for that! Washing dogs, help build a wall, do some concrete stuff....

Elder Marquez and I are becoming really great friends! He is a really great guy with great ambitions. We like a lot of the same things. My Spanish is getting a lot better and his English is getting better too! It is funny to hear him speak sometimes hahaha But that is exactly how I probably sound as a gringo trying to speak Spanish!! We went to a volcano today and it was probably the worst day to do so lol But it was fun. It was SO cold! It was snowing or hailing, I don't even know what it was doing but we had to ride back in a packed van with other missionaries for an hour and a half soaking wet.... haha But it was a great experience.

I am loving the mission. It is a great opportunity to learn what is really important in this life. We can get sucked into our jobs and other things but just like our dear Prophet once said, families are what is most important. I love you all! I hope you have a great week and continue to move forward!!
Elder Reynolds

Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains!

Last eruption: August 2015

It was a VERY COLD day there!

Love these Missionaries!

Doesn't he look great!?!

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