This year we've joined the church's Light the World campaign to make Christmas more special and memorable. We've had some wonderful experiences that I wanted to write down before I forgot them. A young woman that spoke in our ward gave a quote that one of her YW leaders told her. "Inspiration received but not written down is inspiration lost" something along those lines.
Mi tia Dalmira came to visit, she came on wednesday the 29th and left on Friday the 1st. It was so wonderful having her here. She was like my 2nd mom growing up, I'd sleep with her when I would spend the night at my grandma's house and go places with her all the time. Last time I saw her was at Rudy's wedding about 6 yrs ago.
While she was here I gave her a sweater she liked that I had just bought for myself for my birthday. She needed a cardigan since all she had brought was a big coat. I felt so good giving it to her. The day I dropped her off at the airport I realized I had forgotten to pay her $5 she had lent me. I got home and realized that it was Dec 1st and the light the word challenge for that day was "Freely ye have received, freely give". So I decided to do a little more for her. I transferred some money to my dad so he could give it to her when she got there. She called me a few days later to thank me for the gift and told me she was very grateful.
At another day where the challenge was “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” I had a wonderful experience. After Jordan took the kids to school I looked for my phone to charge it since I had forgotten the previous night but I couldn't find it. After looking in various places, Jacob asked me what I was doing and after I told him I was looking for my phone, which was probably completely dead he said "mami, you should pray to Heavenly Father", I told him it was a great idea. So we did. I then walked toward Rebeca's room to look for it there when Jacob said "mami, SHHHH! you need to listen for the Holy Ghost so he can tell you where it is!" It was a great reminder from my almost 5 yr old. I tried staying still for a few minutes but nothing came to mind except for a feeling that I shouldn't worry even though that was the only way anybody could get a hold of me. Ezra, Jacob and I played for some time at home. About 11:30 the door bell rang, and it was my friend Jennifer Booker and Massey. She had picked him up from school a few hrs before because he wasn't feeling well, and since Jordan was at work and noone could get a hold of me. The school called her for being my emergency contact. I felt so grateful to her. She told me that she was glad she could help and told me that it was perfect that Massey could stay at her house that morning because he kept her son Kade company. Kade is Massey's best friend and apparently he had sprained his ankle and had stayed home that day. She told me she wasn't sure if he had fractured his ankle and she wasn't sure how to help him. After having thanked a million times for her help I thought about ways to help her and decided to look for my phone again. I went upstairs to the bathroom and it was right there! next to the sink, inside my make up bag. So I called Jordan and he called her right away to ask about Kade's condition. He got permission from his boss to have them come to the office at lunchtime and do x-rays at no cost. She was so grateful because it turned out that he did have an avulsion fracture. This experience helped me see the hand of God in different way and taught me that Heavenly Father did answer my prayer at the proper time. I was supposed to see Jennifer so we could help her son.
The last experience I had this last week involves Rebeca. She had activity days on wednesday, they went to deliver crocheted hat to newborn babies at the hospital. She had been looking forward to going, but when I picked her up and asked her how it was, she started crying. She said the girls didn't talk to her and that she didn't have friends. We're still pretty new in the ward and most of the girls are a yr older than her. She was pretty hurt and I told her that the girls just simply didn't know how cool Rebeca was and that perhaps they also needed to learn to be friendlier and kinder. I prayed to find a way to help her feel better and the following morning I received my answer in the light the world challenge. “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” That day, after Rebeca came from school I had all the stuff necessary to decorate cookies and bake them. I told her she would make treats to all those girls that she felt had offended her, so she would no longer feel hurt and be a good example to them. She was excited a little nervous. That evening we drove to 3 of the girl's homes. She felt very happy and realized that sometimes we need to teach others to be kind and do everything in our power to not feel offended. At our ward party days later, Rebeca told me she went up to one of the girls and asked her if had liked the cookies she had given her and the girls said "YES!" and told her thank you again.