I get up, and nothing gets me down.
You've got it tough, I've seen the toughest soul around....JUMP!
- Eddie Van Halen
Best of Van Halen is playing in the internet cafe today. WAHOOO! Mom, ALWAYS, forever and ever, Van Halen will remind me of you!
This week was incredible. Except Wednesday. I don´t know why, but every freaking week Wednesdays are so bloody hard for me. Which sucks because Wednesdays have always been my favorite day of the week. We had Interviews with the President on Friday. That was awesome. He helped me a lot and was able to give me a blessing. He is one strict dude but he knows what he´s doing.
Mom! I am stoked about your foot and am jealous you get to run again. If you ever have a bad day, just think of your daughter. I get to run for a good 20 minutes around my house :/ It is suuuuper lame and I miss running more than anything. Pracila bailed on us and doesn´t run with us anymore. Hermana Calderon hates running so she just stands there and watches me every morning. It´s always a bit awkward but I refuse to not run. Even if I only get to run in circles for 20 minutes, I´ll take it.
This last week, I ran out of shampoo and had to buy a small bottle at a ghetto store here in La Serena. The Walmart of Chile, Lider, is in Central-about a half hour bus ride from our house. The only kind of shampoo they had in the ghetto store was the same scent I had when I was in Ghana. As you all know, I definitely have a head FULL of hair and always wake up with it tangled in my face. Well, every morning this week, when I would wake up, I thought I was in Ghana because of the scent of my hair.
I´ve always found our senses incredibly interesting and how quick our bodies are to responding to memory recall. It´s immediate. It got me thinking more about how our physical senses effect our spiritual senses.
Later this week, I recieved an incredible letter from Adam´s sister, Lexie West. She shared 2 Nephi 2-3. In her letter she says, "Specifically in verse 3: 'He giveth light unto the understanding'...our capability to see with our eyes would do us ZERO use if there were´t light...without sound waves, no hearing, etc...Chist is called The Light. Without his light, there is no way we could ever spiritually see."
I was stoked when I read that because this topic had already been on my mind with the scent of the shampoo. So, I decided to study more about it...Our spirits are the likeness of our physically bodies. I thought about what Nephi said to the Spirit of the Lord after he saw the vision of the Tree of Life..."And I said unto him: To know the interpretation thereof-for I spake unto him as a man speaketh: for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another."
This was so cool to me that the spirit and the body are so similar. The spirit is matter just like our physical bodies...only spirit matter is more refined and pure than mortal element. As it says in D&C 131:7-8, "There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes; we cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is matter."
HOW COOL IS THAT?!
Right after I studied all of this, we had a lesson with Nibaldo. I decided to share the things that I had learned and his response was, "I understand! I have a physical body to see, touch, hear, etc. But it´s my spiritual body that feels the spirit when I read and pray." Haha. I cried. The spirit was so strong. We had a beautiful lesson on the Holy Ghost.
I made Nibaldo a countdown until his baptizm. Each link has a scripture on it.
The next day, we had our district leaders come to our lesson with Nibaldo and we talked more about baptism, the answers to our prayers, etc. He decided he would go and ask his father one more time if he could be baptized because he was now aware that he had received an answer to his prayer....We all went with him and his dad said YES!!!! Nibaldo is getting baptized on May 19! His dad stayed and talked with us for a good 20 minutes and is now interested in the gospel. We are still teaching Ramon and their 2 younger brothers. It truly is a miracle because for weeks now Nibaldo has been saying, "There is NO WAY my dad will say yes or ever listen to the missionaries!" .....yeah, yeah. Okay Nibaldo. There was no way your dad would ever listen to the missionaries until KATHERINE PENDLETON CAME TO LA SERENA!!!!! I´m going to get his dad baptized.....just you wait.
All of this was a testimony to me that we literally are children of a loving Heavenly Father - having been born as a spirit to Heavenly Parents previous to being born to mortal parents. We all have an individual plan. We all have physical bodies and senses to help our spiritual bodies grow and learn. As we strengthen our spiritual bodies, we become closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. This plan is simple and beautiful. I love that. Keep the commandments, strengthen your testimony and the Lord will bless you.
Again, I refer to 2 Nephi 31:3..."For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God giveth LIGHT unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding."
My Spanish is not perfect...but I know that as I bear my testimony, the Lord will "speak unto men according to their language, unto their understanding." They will be able to SENSE the spirit of the Holy Ghost and have a desire to come unto Christ.
You are all wonderful. I can´t tell you enough how much I love being a missionary! This church is true! Have another busy, crazy week! Listen to all the music in the world for me...because I miss it like crazy. I can´t wait to get your package mother so that I can finally have an ipod.
TWO WEEKS UNTIL I GET TO SEE YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACES ON SKYPE!
HUGS....have a great semana (week)
Love, Hermana Kath
P.S. There is no spell check...so forgive my errors. The Lord does, so should you. : )
The first and last photos in this post are of Hermana Calderon and Katie in Central