First thing... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMA! You are amazing and my biggest example... I admire you in so many ways! Thank you for your patience, your charity, and your good attitude towards everything. If I turn into the mom that says things like ´be sweet and cheerful´ ‘make it fun for everyone’ or ´lets do it to it´... I will be totally happy with that! :)
Okay, soooo this week brought changes! Yes, some stayed and some moved on to new places. Hna Anazco finished her training and she is off to MORONI... she will now be serving right in Asuncion, in the same neighborhood as the temple!! :) Our companionship wrapped up on such a lovely note. She is one special girl! I can’t wait to hear about all of the great things she will be doing there in Moroni!
As for me, I am staying right here in Pedro Juan. The Lord decided to give me another six weeks here, and I am extremely grateful! I love it here!! And we are finding beautiful families who are ready to hear the message of the restored gospel!! :) It’s just so awesome to be on the Lords errand!
My new companion is... HERMANA ASHBY from Mesa Arizona!! She is a doll!! She is the youngest of 8 and studied at UVU before the mission. Her eyes are so BLUUUEEEEE! Her personality, so FUN! And her work ethic, so AWESOME! She has one month in the mission, so we are going to finish out her training here and keep on working with these amazing investigators and set out to find new ones and enjoy everything while we are doing it!! She is spectacular!
She is even willing to go out running with me 3 times a week! OH YEAHHHH!! Haha!!
Now, on the spiritual side of things... Wow! It has been a great week to learn about los dias domingos... about keeping the Sabbath day holy. We could talk forever about the Sabbath day because it’s such a special day.
This week, we met with a hermana named Perla, she is a mom of 2 and her husband is less active. She got sick the other week, so sick that she couldn’t come to church. She told us that she got so sad that she started crying.
Her husband than came out and asked her... "why are you so sad if it’s just going to be one Sunday... you can go next week, you know"
And she responded to him saying "Every day we receive countless blessings from the Lord, there is food on our table, a roof over our heads, our daughters are thriving and the list goes on.... can we not take one day out of our week to show the Lord that we are grateful for these blessings? Is it really so hard to show him how grateful we are? And if we didn’t have these blessings, if we didn’t have a roof, or food on our table like so many people now a days... shouldn’t we still go because it is a commandment from our loving Heavenly Father?"
She’s so right, right?!
Then yesterday, Elder Krasnoselsky from the seventy shared a story with us
When he was about 14, he got up and went to church. When he got there, he noticed that a sister wasn’t there... a lady who NEVER missed a Sunday. She was a good friend of his family and so he felt impressed to go and visit her after church to see if she was all right.
When he got there, he asked "Oh hermana, we missed you today, what happened?" She responded saying "Oh son, don’t worry. I just got my feelings hurt by a woman in our ward. I didn’t make it today... but I will be back next week."
And then, the spirit took hold of his tongue and put one question there, one and one only. All he could say was... "y la santa cena?" o sea "and what about the sacrament?"
In that moment, the sweet sister’s eyes filled with tears. She had remembered the doctrine that she had learned so long ago... the importance of going to church on Sundays and Elder Krasnoselsky understood the importance of visiting our brothers and sisters who were not able to attend on any given Sunday.
I know that Sunday is a special day. :) It is a day where we can go to church and renew our baptismal covenants, a day where we can experience a renovation of the soul. It’s a day the Lord has given us to rest from our worldly labors and focus on the things the Lord would have us do, and the things we promised we would when choosing to be baptized... to comfort those that are in need of comfort and strengthen those feeble knees. :) It is not a day of restrictions, or a boring day, or a day to just take a really long nap... but rather, a day to be renewed, uplifted and to uplift others! :) What a special thing that is, no?!
As Russel M Nelson says, the Sabbath day is a delight? Can we say that it is a delight for us as well? May we examine our attitude, our behavior and look for ways to make this day even more of a delight. If it is hard for us to keep this day holy, or it is not yet a delight for us. I would encourage you to accept the challenge in Ether 12:6..... it is not until after the trial of our faith that we receive a testimony. Live the Sabbath day for a month, ask the Lord how you can hallow it and remember it like he has asked us too. And after a month of living it, I would invite you to genuinely reflect asking yourself if it has not been a "delight" for you! :) I promise that if you do it with integro proposito... the Sabbath day will be a delight for you too. And you will love it!!!
I love you allllll