April 13, 2015
Hey guys!! I got your package and man; you guys did a good job!! I ate a little bit of the treats in it and it tasted like home!!! It was so sweet!!
We had a great week!! There were 74 members at church today and 4 investigators!!! We are working with the members a lot and they are awesome!! They help us so much!! Working with members is definitely the best way to do missionary work!! The people in this branch are so awesome and I love them so much!! I want to do all I can to help them. I care for them so much and don’t like to think about the possibility of leaving them (although I know someday I will).
Sophie asked me in her letter what my favorite part of the day was. At the beginning I used to think it was when we came in at night or when we came in for study time but now, it is when we are out there teaching a lesson to someone who wants to listen. I find myself liking the work, more than liking the breaks! It is awesome because then I can focus more and do what I am here to do!!! I like working lots better than not working!!
This week I have been studying from the book of Mosiah. I read something I really liked! I believe it is in Mosiah 2:20 where it talks about the fact that if we served God for our entire lives, we would still be unworthy servants. I thought about that for a while because most of us spend a lot of time thinking about what is best for us and doing things that we like to do. This scripture put this time in my life into perspective, as all I’m doing is serving the Lord. And I thought what a privilege it is! My mission is not something I should be waiting to finish but something I need to be willing and happy to do. I already feel that way, but this scripture just made me think about it more lately!
On Wednesday we were invited to eat with some members of our branch. They are a poor family with very little. I was humbled by their willingness to help us out by giving us what they could. I was such a pleasure to sit and eat with them!! The sister who invited us is also the seminary teacher. They don’t own a car or motorcycle and live pretty far away from the chapel. She takes a taxi every morning at 5:30 am to go teach seminary!! She is such a good example to me! I am sure her family sacrifices a lot of things, including even fun activities, in order to free up money so she can pay for a taxi every morning. What faith!!!
Yesterday was our zone meeting and it went super well! I learned a lot and it was fun to see all of the other missionaries again! One of the things discussed was the fact that we need to be missionaries at ALL times, not just when we are in our areas. I was thinking about that on the bus ride back to our apartment, and it just so happened that there was a woman sitting beside me who I felt impressed to talk to. I must admit that even after that conference, I had a little bit of a fight with myself as to whether I really should talk to her or not. It is still hard sometimes. I built up my courage and started a conversation with her about regular everyday things. Then she asked me some questions that allowed me to share our beliefs with her and we are going back to teach her and her family on Wednesday!!!!!That was our little miracle this week. I just needed to get over my fear of rejection and it turned out so good. I am so happy I followed the promptings of the spirit that day.
We are going to Rosario today to play some sports with the zone, which should be fun!
Cristina and her two daughters were fasting on Sunday for the first time and were very excited asking everyone else who was fasting and what they were fasting for! Ha-ha it was pretty funny actually! They were just so excited to be part of something! It was awesome!! I love them!!
I love you guys!!
Tengan un bien semana!
Meet the wonderful Beatrice!!