Well... The cold bug got a hold of this girl and I have a lovely cough, so, now I sound like an 80 year old man who has smoked all his life... #notevenjoking. Haha! It’s actually kind of hilarious! Ha!
This week I stayed in Pedro Juan almost the whole 7 days. I went to Concepcion for a conference and then came back the next day.
This week Hna Ashby and I found SO many new families and we are stoked to work with them! I think I’m getting Hna Ashby sick though... just heard her start sniffling at the computer next to me... SHOOT! Haha!
According to Hna Ashby’s paper chain there is only 60 more days until Christmas... just for those that are wondering!! ;) Bring it on!! It’s all good with us! :) We are happy, We are working hard, We are loving life out here in Pedro Juan -- and we are also slightly nervous for cambios next week because it sounds like there will be BIG changes out here! It’s been such a good run with Hna Ashby and such happy companionship, but I think she ready to train.... Yes, mark my words... she will be training!! :) Haha! Anywhoooo...
Well, last week I put my "ponderizing" scripture to the test and WOW! It changed the whole week.. We saw miracles! Wow, the Lord is so good!
Helaman 3:35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God."
I love this scripture because it’s all about experiencing true submission and repentance, or in other words, a "true change of heart". But it also demonstrates how that change is not effortless... it requires deliberate energy and desire on our part.
SO... this week I really made an added effort to teach our investigators and families in a way that would convey the importance of repentance, that they might truly submit their hearts and be converted. And also so that they might better comprehend our purpose as missionaries and that we are there to invite them to come unto Christ and become converted to him through faith, repentance, baptism and confirmation. Or more simply.. HELP THEM HAVE THE VISON AND UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO BE BAPTIZED :) because they will understand it as a crucial, vital and ever so important step.
And wow, I don’t know why I didn’t put this extra emphasis on teaching sooner... it changes everything.
We have been working with one of our investigators, C, for a few weeks now. C was an atheist buddhist, who was angry with God for having felt abandoned in the midst of her trials (and she has truly had many). She was not happy and she recognized that she had no peace or joy in her life. She found herself ready to embark in this search for faith and that was exactly when WE were lead to her! :)
The first visit we had with her, we talked about faith and the process in obtaining it. We looked to understand her needs and also to help her understand the importance of prayer, church, and the scriptures in finding her faith.
Then, on the second visit, she shared with us that YES! She had ben saying her prayers and she was reading the Book of Mormon. She is so GREAT! We decided to show her a conversion story from the Book of Mormon. So we shared the conversion of King Lamoni. We showed her what the missionaries in that time presented the king and what the king was then instructed to do. We broke down the conversion process to help her see the goal, what the end was. Just the fact that we are here shows YES she can have faith, BUT we are also here to help her have more than that! :) We are here to help her have a testimony, to be converted and prepare herself to return back to her Heavenly Father. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone so full of light, so full of hope as I saw her in this moment. She even commented to it and began to share special experiences where she is personally coming to know that God is answering her prayers and that He really is there -- and has always been there for her.
She is ready to go forward and start with the lessons, to pray and ask the Father if they are true and study and pray on her own time... and not because it’s what "we the missionaries" are assigning her to do, but rather because she really understands that these are the only things that will help were wax strong in her faith in Christ, that these are the things that will bring purification and sanctification to her. And there are special blessings awaiting her as she begins keeping these small commandments.
I really do know that prayer and fasting are just two of the many tools our Father in Heaven has given us to succeed here in this life! :) I know that our prayers are received and that the Father, in His own time, will answer every single prayer that is delivered unto him! :)
I love you all so much! Go make someone smile! :) And every one should take a picture this week and send it to me! Haha YES!! :) I want a bunch of happy pics! :) I know Grandma will... she’s the best at that!
Keep up the good work family!