SJ Week 3 – Refuge in the storm

Outside of our apartment, it’s been a VERY eventful week here in San Jose. Inside of our apartment, things have been about the same as last week.

I’m sure this is a national thing, but here in San Jose there’s been some pretty crazy riots going on. We heard a little bit about why they’re happening, but we’ve been told to be very careful and be inside before it starts to get dark (not like we have anywhere to go anyways haha). The other night, we were on a video call with our district leader and he showed us outside his apartment window and there were just tons of sirens, glass breaking, screaming, gunshots, police lights, and just a lot of chaos. We’ve all been safe and where we live, there has been no signs of protest. Crazy times.
Other than that, it’s just been another week of quarantine missionary work! We’ve been following the same schedule everyday. We have some cool people we are teaching locally, as well as in Colombia, Perú, and Argentina!

It’s been super fun in our apartment. It’s a huge blessing to be living together and have more people and things to entertain ourselves. We’ve been making things fun and having a really good time.
I made Mac and cheese for the first time ever this week, so that was a big step for me. It was dope.
We went and filmed a video which I shared on my Facebook page on Tuesday. That went really smoothly actually. We’ve been trying hard to think of ideas for stuff to film and post. A pretty interesting way to do missionary work!

I’m doing great here, I’m happy and loving the mission. We are definitely living in crazy times (it seems like anytime things can’t get any crazier, they do), but I’m so grateful for the peace that Christ gives us and for the guidance that His gospel gives us. As we grow closer to Him, He will grow closer to us. He loves us, knows us, and has an individual plan for each and every one of us.

This week, I’ve continued reading The Infinite Atonement. Again, I recommend it to everyone. The Atonement is the most significant thing that ever has happened and ever will happened, and that book is teaching me so much about it. One thought that really left an impact on me was where Elder Callister was talking about the love shown in the Atonement. He mentioned that sacrifice is the greatest form of love, and that the Savior’s Atonement is the greatest sacrifice in the history of the universe. Nothing has ever been done as loving nor will ever will be done as Jesus Christ living, suffering, dying, and living again for us. I love Him, and I’m so grateful for all that He’s done for me.
I love you all! Let me know if there’s ever anything you need. Thank you for everything!

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