Last week was amazing! We had the wonderful opportunity to have Elder Villareal (our area 70) and Elder and Sister Corbridge of the 1st Quorum of the 70 come and speak to our mission! So we have everyone up north get together for one big one and everyone down south did the same! One thing that I really love that Elder Corbridge said was that when we focus on something that we really want to do such as becoming a great piano player we literally shut off everything else from the world when we go and practice or focus on that one particular thing. Its the same for any other thing that we would want to do except for one thing...and he called it the most important thing. And when we focus on this most important thing it does not block out everything else in the world and it should be our number one focus. Then he had this super long presentation and finally at the end he told us what the most important thing was. And what it boils down to is the spirit! He gave us a ton of scriptures where the Lord commands us to do things ALWAYS. There were quite a few such as pray always, let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly and many more, but all them had the promise at the end that we will have the spirit to be with us more. Which if we do this most important thing we can also focus on whatever else it is we want to focus on. But, the minute we lose focus on the most important thing and start blocking it out with other things of the world then whatever it is at the moment we are focusing on literally blocks out everything else in the world. It was very interesting but made complete sense to me! Obviously that was no where near word for word what he said but that was the main gist of things! Anyway I really enjoyed it!
So last week as well we had this AWESOME lesson planned out for our investigator to invite her to be baptized and to resolve concerns that she has had but about an hour before she asked to move it back a half hour which cut our time in half! So we still figured we could get the most important things of the lesson in but by the time all was said and done we had about 15-20 minutes to teach a lesson so we decided to not teach that lesson just yet and had to come up with something on the fly! We ended up showing her "Mountains ToClimb" the Mormon message by President Eyring. It was so inspired! Then we started talking about what it meant and somehow baptism was brought up very briefly but before I could say anything more than the word baptism she stopped me and said she had a question. She said, "How do I get baptized?" I'm sure you coulda seen my mouth hit the floor in shock because we were totally not expecting that at all! haha So we talked about what needs to happen and tried briefly to set a date with her but she wanted to wait till next time which is tomorrow so we are so excited!!!!!!!!!!! Miracle story of last week!
So things are going great here! Lovin' the new area! Thanks for all the birthday wishes and cards it was much appreciated! :) Love you all!
Love Elder Espinoza
We never got a picture together as the Albuquerque West Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders!
Elder Taylor, Me, Sister Beech and Sister Barnard.
We had a mulit zone conference so that's how we got together!
The Sandias turn red in the sunset. Not the best picture but its still a cool one!
Elder Van Leeuwan and I! He went home for a few months for medical purposes and know is back out in the field so I was excited to see me MTC comp!