So this week was another great week at the MTC! First off thanks again for all the letters and emails, they make my day here at the MTC! Dad thanks for sending the kettle corn, my district loved it! It is almost all gone! Charles, I still can't believe you know Elder Hodges sister! It is such a small world!
This week Hermana Read and I had some great experiences teaching lessons to our investigators (our teachers). One of my teacher's plays an investigator named Jamie. He is married and has 3 kids and wants to change. His relationship with his wife is very strained and he drinks and smokes a lot. He wants to be a better husband and wife. We taught him about the restoration of the gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. I ended up looking at him right in the eye and recited the first vision to him in Spanish. I wasn't sure if I had it memorized or not but Hermana Read was following along while I recited it and she said I nailed it! It was so awesome! Those words are so powerful but there was something even more special about it saying it in Spanish. We then taught him another lesson and we talked about the word of wisdom and how he needs to live this commandment in order to be baptized. We came up with this really good idea to help him overcome his drinking and smoking. We took a jar and told him that everyday he doesn't drink or smoke that he should put a dollar in the jar and after a couple of weeks he should use that money to do something fun with his family. This way he can overcome his drinking smoking and it will give him incentive to stop so that his relationship with his family will be stronger. Explaining that in Spanish was really hard to do but somehow we were able to do it and get the idea across! Our teacher talked to us afterward and told us we did such a great job that he really likes that we are not just teaching lessons but that we are teaching for our investigators and what we think they need and how we can help them.
Our other teacher plays an investigator named Belgica. She is 24 and has met with the missionaries before but her dad is very against the church and doesn't want anything to do with it so her relationship with her dad is very strained. She really likes music so Hermana Read and I thought it would be a good idea to start our lesson with a hymn. We sang to her I Know my Redeemer Lives. It was a good way to invite the spirit and then we talked to her about the Attributes of Christ and the example that he sets for us and that we asked her if she would follow the example of Jesus Christ and she said yes! It was such a good lesson.
The devotional this past Tuesday was amazing! It was pretty special, it was given by Richard C. Hinckley and it was broadcast to all 15 MTCs around the
I am almost out of time but I would like to close with the first vision:
"Vi una columna de luz, mas brillante que el sol, directamente arriba de mi cabeza, y esta luz gradualmente descendio hasta descansar sobre mi, Al resposar sobre la luz, vi en el aire arriba de mi a dos personajes, cuyo fulgor y gloris no admiten descripcion. Uno de ellos me hable, llamondome por mi nombre, y dijo, senalando al otro: Este es mi Hijo Amado, Escuchalo!
"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which was descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me calling me by name and said, pointing to the other. This is my beloved son. Hear him!
Again I don't know how to do the accent marks on this computer but hopefully you get the idea.
I love you all and thanks again for all of the support and love.
Hermana Veronica Garces