Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 -- Month #8 - Week #39 - Day #268 - Santa Cruz de Yojoa

November 11, 2015

Let's go to the most dangerous zone in the most dangerous city in the world for a missionary conference! Yeah, so we went back up to Chamelecon (which is basically the southeast part of SPS) for the Multi-zone, but we went with our 4 elderes, so we were ok. Mostly it's the bus ride that kills, between 1.5-2 hours. So I slept some of it on Hna Escobar's lap, as I was tired and still a little gripey (although staying home and sleeping a whole day really helped me feel a lot better this time... last time we just kept working and I was feeling terrible for over a week).  And then the bus overshot our stop, so we had to walk a few minutes to get to the actual stop and then head over to the chapel. Everyone says that as a member you learn to recognize the presence of the Spirit, and that as a missionary you learn to recognize when He's not there. And in Chamelecon it is hard to feel the Holy Ghost. You just feel dark and dirty and bothered and a little fearful. So that's always an interesting experience.  I can't say I liked it very much. But once you walk into the church, you feel safe and light and ok and know you can trust the people you see. Quite a stark contrast, actually. Made me wonder if that's kinda how people feel when they come to the church for the first time. I'll keep thinking about that.  click: Light of Christ  click: Recognize and Understand the Spirit
So had our conference, where I led all the music (as no one else in the universe likes to / knows how to lead music) and had lunch, talked with Pres and Hna Dester about how things are going with the members, ward, general health stuff, and how I'm doing and everything. I like talking to them, they're really good people.
Notes from the Multi-Zone with a little chart thing about the importance of the Atonement... I take notes in Spanish and English, in case you were wondering.
Finished up the conference, hung out a little while afterwards as everyone caught up with everyone, and headed back home on another blessed bus, but this one drove really fast and we got there in about an hour and 15 mins. World record. So we got home to Santa Cruz with it pouring rain, and the power out. Fantastic! So we decided to go to the church and eat our dinner and wait out the storm and the power outage. So we did that, and the lights came on just in time for Hna Escobar and I to go back to our house. So that was our day.

Fact of the day: Every time the phone vibrates on our plastic table it startles Hna Escobar. So I hear a lot of sharp breaths and (Gran poder!) as she jumps in her chair.  It's quite funny, actually. I love Hna Escobar!

But today was actually a pretty good day, the conference was mostly about the Atonement and what this implies in relation to the Creation and the Fall. The Creation supplied many good things, and the Fall allowed other good things, but only with the Atonement is everything complete. There's a few talks in the Liahona that I was reading in my personal study about this as well.

-  The Temple and the Natural Order of Marriage by Elder Bruce C. Hafen
-  The Plan of Salvation: A Sacred Treasure of Knowledge to Guide Us by Elder Robert D. Hales
-  Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
-  The Gift of Grace by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
-  The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel by Elder Rafael E. Pino
click: Liahona, September 2015

And, it should be noted that the Atonement of Jesus Christ was in 3 parts: in Gethsemane, on the Cross, and the Resurrection, thus bringing about salvation from physical death (separation of spirit and body) as well as spiritual death (separation of us and God).  So simple, yet permeates all the lives of everyone in all of time.  It's amazing. I would suggest a study of this subject as well.

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