Rachael's Mission

Mexico Torreon Mission October 2015 - April 2017

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Week 69 (Jesus Christ is Praying for You!)

Dear family and friends,

Well another glorious week in the mission has passed by! Right now it is winter time (technically) however it is 78 degrees outside!!! It's crazy here! I must say desert life allows for a lot of reflection time. 

Monday was a great P day as always! I washed, cleaned the house, bought food, and ate a Gringa! So delicious! (It's like a quesadilla with a lot of meat!) Then in the night time we hopped on a bus that was supposedly going to the Central Camionera where we were going to meet las hermanas to have intercambios. However.........that bus did NOT go to the Central Camionera!! It took us to who knows where- a place where all the streets were dirt!! Jajaja! We rode the bus for 1 1/2 hours!! It was quite the journey! However my hija did get the scenic tour of Durango ;) Let's just say that we didn't have intercambios this day.

Tuesday we were still encontrando amazing people!! I hope that some of them will start to progress! I also discovered that Hermana Parra sings very beautifully! So we like to share our talents and sing to them!! You can feel the spirit so strongly and they love it!! I hope we can touch a lot of hearts in that way!!

Wednesday we talked with a young man who is only 17 years old and has a lot of problems. It was so sad to hear how down he was in life and how he thinks that that is just how life is. It made me feel so grateful to have been born into a wonderful family with parents who love me and care for me and taught me what is right and what is wrong, what brings happiness and what brings sorrow. It made me realize just how important parents are in our lives.

Thursday was a great day! I don't remember much, just that it was good.

Friday, mi hija completed one month in the mission!!! Yay!! We talked with one of the eternal investigators in the ward and he really wants to be baptized and has a testimony that is so strong about Jose Smith. He just has to quit smoking!! I hope that we can make this miracle happen in his life!!!

Saturday was a great day!!! We found some incredible new investigators that want to go to church! Yay!! We need more time to visit so many people!

Sunday we had 3 in church! Fernando, Ilian and David. They are all potential baptisms!! David is the son of the Familia AvendaƱo and he went to church with them. I hope we can help him join the church as well! We also went in search of a reference and we found someone else. This someone else is amazing! She is an abuelita that is so tierna. She has so much faith in Jesus Christ and she accepted to be baptized. Yay! We just need her to recover from her fall a little more so that we can help her be baptized!

This week I have been thinking a lot about this poor young man. I have come to realize how much our actions can affect the lives of others! We have to remember that our choices not only affect our life but the lives of all those around us as well! We must be aware of what we do and act in a way that our life can bless the lives of others. I was reading in a chapter towards the end of a book written by M. Russell Ballard that talks about living a quality life. He talks about how a quality life is a life that goes about doing good, a life that brings joy to everyone around them, a life that shares the gospel and brings light into the darkest lives. Those are the lives that we should be living. We cannot be saved if we only worry about saving ourselves. It is not enough. We have to save ourselves and everyone around us. Christ tells us in Lucas 22:32, "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."

Jesus Christ is praying for us, he is guiding us, and helping us to be converted, but not so that we can only reach the goal and reach it alone. He is helping us, so that we can then help others - to strengthen their faith, their relationship with God, and help them to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. We have to help ALL people with EACH phase of this life.  So my invitation is to strengthen your personal faith first and then go to work to help those around you. Look for the less active, strengthen and perfect the active, and convert those who are not members. We have a lot of work to do.

I hope you can all look for the people that need your strength in their lives - help guide and strengthen them.

I love you all so much!! Look for the miracles in your lives this week!!


Hermana Lutze

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