Rachael's Mission

Mexico Torreon Mission October 2015 - April 2017

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Week 28 (How Do You Plow a Straight Line?)

Dear family and friends,

Well this week has flown by! I can't believe it! We've had so many wonderful laughs, smiles, and moments where we have met some amazing and also a couple of crazy people! Same old same old in Duranguito!

Monday: We went to the museum in centro "450" and learned about the past 450 years of Durango and Mexico. It was awesome! The best part was the Scorpion room! They had tons of tiny poisonous scorpions! They also had a few of the gigantic ones that were as big as my hand! It was crazy!! I do not want to find one of those in or near my house! We also bought 'tela' (fabric) for our dresses! Yay!

Tuesday: We went to see Baltazar. And I have to say, the change we have seen in him is amazing! He started out as this old grumpy tired man and now he is happy and smiles and laughs all the time! The gospel truly has such great power to change and bless the lives of everyone if they only accept it into their hearts! This is why we need to share the gospel because it will bring the happiness and blessings that everyone desires in life!

Wednesday: Nothing much, but I did meet a crazy man today! He makes caskets for the dead (maybe that's why he's a bit crazy). Basically he expressed his love for my beauty and his desire to marry me. OK........well, I'm afraid I cannot acquiesce to your request. And then we left, as QUICKLY as POSSIBLE!!  It's as if these people have never seen blonde hair! ;)

Thursday: Second Entrevista con Presidente Ramos. Again, it was short, sweet, and simple. I was in there for about 5 minutes. I'm pretty sure I hold the record for shortest entrevista ever with Presidente ;). Others are in there for 15, 30, 60 minutes! I have no idea how they have so much to talk about! ;) I guess I just have few words to say to Presidente.  Later in the day we went to see Baltazar and we finally got him to say an affirmative 'yes' to be baptized!!! Wahoo! We almost jumped up and danced for joy we were so happy!

Friday: We went to see Baltazar again to ask him the Baptismal questions. When we arrived at the Palabra de Sabiduria, he told us that he would not stop drinking coffee. He has stopped smoking and drinking, but coffee. No. Oh it was terrible. We tried for about 2 hours to help him commit to stop. We tried everything! But it didn't matter. So we had to drop him. I have to say he broke my heart. I loved this man (unromantically) and I had such great hopes for him and now they are crushed. I admit I cried a little. I was so close to more happiness than he could even imagine!

After the lesson we found a wild Scorpion on their curtain!! I definitely never wanted to see one THAT close up! But it was a cool experience which I never hope to repeat. And I hope I never find one in our house!! :) The rest of the day we went cruising around town pushing Hermano Felipe in his wheelchair! We love Hermano Felipe.

Saturday: No much although it did rain for about 10 minutes! It was glorious! We ran in the rain with plastic bags over our heads. We looked real professional ;) Best feeling ever to have rain!

Sunday: Picked up my dress! And it is gorgeous! Now just waiting for the other.

Monday: (Today) We had emergency transfers, so Hermana Santiesteban had to pack quickly and go to another area. Sad, I will miss her. I liked her a lot.

Well a member told me a story this week. He told me that there was a young farmer learning to plow. He set his point at the end of a row and aimed his plow directly at it. However, when he looked back his rows were crooked. He tried again and again, but each time his rows were crooked. An experienced farmer looked on and then gave him some advice to make the perfect rows. He told the young farmer that he not only needed a point at the end of the row, but he needed a second point even farther out to help him make it to the end and keep the row straight. When the young man did that, his rows were perfect.

This relates to our life because, yes, we need goals, we need to make it to the end of this life. However, we need to do it with an eternal perspective. We still need to look even farther in our lives and look at what is going to affect our eternity. We are here to gain eternal life, not to just make it to the end of this life. When we look at things in an eternal perspective, it keeps us on the straight and narrow. It keeps us on course so that we can make it to the end and receive all that the Lord has prepared for us!

I think about this a lot. I think about the eternal perspective and how I can really reach my full potential, here, in this life. That is why we are here-to try to reach our full potential. I don't know the answer to this right now, but I will do some research. If we can all reach our full potential in life, we will be blessed beyond what we can imagine and have unending joy for the eternities!! 

Well there is my food for thought! I hope you all have a wonderful week and that things are going well for each of you!

Love you!

Hermana Lutze

P.S. Third of the way done with my mission! Wow! I can't believe it!

1 comment:

  1. You are awesome Rachel! Can't wait to have you home, though I imagine the people on your mission will be sad to see you go. :) You rock