This week we were blessed with the opportunity to celebrate Semana Santa (that's what the Catholics call it anyways). Everyone eats a lot of fish, and watches a lot of Christian Bible movies all weekend.
To keep up with the times, we had ourselves a little Jesus Movie Marathon as a ward. On Thursday, we watched a movie about the birth of Christ. On Friday, his ministry. On Saturday, his death and resurrection. It was fun to get everyone together. On Saturday we even ended with an American twist and had ourselves a little Easter egg hunt. They all seemed to think that it's a little crazy that we have a bunny give us eggs with candy inside, but they had fun finding colored eggs! It was the closest thing I had to an American Easter.
This week I completed 10 months in the mission! Is that crazy or what? I actually forgot, but my companion surprised me by buying me chocolate cake with candles and singing happy birthday. At first I was really confused, because I didn't know whose birthday it was. Ha! It was really sweet.
Yesterday I was warmly welcomed into the ward with the opportunity to give a talk on the Book of Mormon! I'm still not a huge fan of speaking in front of large groups of people in Spanish, but it was fun to study the topic all week. I was studying about the process of conversion, and the important role that the Book of Mormon plays in this process. True to the Faith explains a little bit about conversion, and the fact that no other person can be converted for you. You have to be responsible and do what is necessary to have this spiritual growth. The Book of Mormon is that which helps us come unto God and invite the spirit into our lives. It seems to be one of the easiest things to stop doing, and that's dangerous!
I also studied a bit about the sins of omission. If we aren't doing something, like reading our scriptures, it's equally a sin. And I feel that it's a lot harder to repent for something that you haven't done. So if you're having a hard time getting into the spirit of studying your scriptures, repent and get to it. It's so important to feed your spirit.
I hope you were all able to enjoy your Easter weekend and remember the life and resurrection of our Savior. As always, I love you!
Until we write again...