July 7, 2014
Happy 4th of JULY! Not gonna lie, I was missing my country this Friday, but I wore all the red, white and blue I could find :)
The last few weeks have been tough, but I know my Heavenly Father’s always looking out for me. I was really discouraged one morning when I read this scripture in 1 Peter 1:7:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
We experience hard times so that we can grow, and I know our challenges are opportunities to build our faith, opportunities even more precious than gold. So I’m trying to see the positive side of everything! The past few weeks we’ve been walking and walking and walking. And honestly have a lot of different challenges in this area, and haven’t seen a lot of the fruits of our labor these 5 months. This week we’ve just been looking for new investigators trying to find people that have been prepared by the Lord.
A general authority came to the mission and talked about green tomatoes. We can try to convince an unripe tomatoe to turn red and we can help it and pray for it but it’s not going to ripen any faster. And it’s the same with investigators. There’s a lot that aren’t quite ready to accept this gospel and in their time the Lord will touch their heart, but we as missioanries need to look for the red tomatoes. We waste a lot of time with green ones.
Anyways, so we’ve been searching for red tomatoes and they’re hard to find and we’re walking a whole lot. We have people we could teach if we just wanted to have more lessons but they aren’t progressing and it’s wasting the Lord’s time. It takes a lot of faith and patience to do things the Lord’s way even though we can’t always see the results yet. But I know the Lord always does His part and when we exercise our faith.
Yesterday was probably the best sacrament meeting I’ve been in and I felt the Spirit strongly, and 7 investigators came! I was honestly so happy yesterday at church and know the Lord puts everything in place when we trust in Him. We went back out to work in the afternoon and are still having a lot of challenges but I know we’re doing His work and He’s working lots of miracles here.
Hope everyone has a great week! :)
June 2, 2014
This a couple that we’re teaching named Leticia and Jesus, super sweet. They went to church last week, and this Saturday was Jesus’ birthday, so we bought him a giant Book of Mormon because he couldn’t read the small one, a hymn book for the two of them, and chocolate.
A couple in our ward brought us food like 4 times this weekend, because I accidentially mentioned that we had nothing to eat. It was an exaggeration–we had a little. But they’re so sweet; they brought us hamburgers, mango juice, breakfast burritos, mangos, chocolate milk, tortas (like sub sandwiches) and more juice, for 3 different meals.
June 10, 2014
Hellooo!! This week’s been really good. Not a whole lot new going on here, except some really exciting news…I GET TO WATCH FROZEN TODAY!I hope it lives up to my expectations, because I’m been dying to see it and love the music, and now it’s on our approved list of movies to watch :)Oh, also we have an investigator who’s like 70 years old and the cutest old man, super sweet, and told me this week my spanish is “malisimo”, which means super super bad! Hahaha! Yikes, please pray for me and my gringa accent. Even so, I actually feel really good about my spanish and can understand the majority of what people are saying!
Anyways, that’s about all my news for this week. I’m enjoying the mission and learning more everyday, and I am amazed at how perfect the gospel is, and that we can always learn more and grow and improve. It’s such a blessing to be able to watch it changes people’s lives. Hope everyone has a fantastic week! :)