I am SO STOKED that winter is finally leaving (but the weather reports
say otherwise). The sun is coming out earlier and it is so awesome.
What a blessing! Though I may or may NOT be looking forward to
This week was so awesome. The Lord is blessing us so much. SO MUCH! My
eyes are opening more and more each day as we just carry on and keep
going. To everyone else, I guess, the miracles we see are so small and
so “coincidental,” but I know it is the Lord. He is changing me to see
His hand and trust in it, too.
It is absolutely liberating to trust in someone so grand and kind and
loving and forgiving as our Father.
Our primary lesson was awesome. It was so funny I feared I would wet
my pants at times. We taught about prophets and did a fun
demonstration–we had a bag full of treats and a bag full of notebooks
and lame stuff. We asked the class which bag had the treats. They
didn’t know and the guesses were scattered. Then, we picked one of our
girls and had her come up to the front.
She looked in the bags and sat back down. Then we took a vote
again–which bag had the treats? All the kids had their eyes fixed on
her as we cast our votes again. They ALL followed her as she voted
for the second bag. We asked one of the kids why and she said that
Samantha had seen the treats and knew where they were. Another girl
practically shouted as she got it–“Samantha was like a prophet!” YUP.
She was like a prophet. She saw the goodies. She knew which bag they
were in and she led the whole class to get a treat. That little
demonstration hit me so hard–President Monson knows the way. He has
seen the “treats”. He knows what to do and how to do it and he’s going
to help us if only we look and listen and follow.
Marian is still struggling with her work schedule. On top of that, she
hasn’t been following through with her commitments recently. I’m
honestly worried and aching a little as I wonder. BUT, Dios sabe. He
knows. It will be ok. I know it. I just hope that my will is in line
with what He knows will happen….otherwise my little heart might
We can’t get a hold of several of our new investigators, so that has
been a trial. BUT, we did get a new investigator as we tried to look
one of them up. AND the woman we found is MARRIED with a brand new
baby. AND when we asked her if we could come back another time (She
cut us off as we started teaching) she said, “well yeah, but I want my
husband to be here. That’s why I don’t want to talk too much about it
today. I want us to be together as we learn.” OH MY GOSH. Can you say
miracle and/or music to my ears? What a blessing! We have a lesson on
Friday, and it will be the first family lesson I have had on my
mission (family meaning wife and husband both there and listening and
investigating). I am so stoked!!!!
Throwback: I have been keeping in touch with Isis–I wrote her a
letter and she wrote me back– (pronounced EESEESE–not to be confused
with the world going up in flames right now….) and her husband is
getting baptized and they are all doing so well. The Lord is so good.
I am so happy!
We had an absolutely incredible lesson with a new investigator named
Connie. She has a baby boy named Ethan. I love that baby. He is always
smiling. ALWAYS. And he eats everything–or tries to. It’s hilarious.
Every time I go over I think of my little brother. Shoutout: I love
you, Ethan! Ok, anyway, we taught the Plan of Salvation and the gospel
of Jesus Christ. It was incredible. Connie is about 30 and her mom was
baptized about 20 years ago in Ecuador. Her mom longs SO badly for
Connie and her boyfriend to be baptized. The boyfriend doesn’t seem
very interested…,but we are still hoping. Anyway, back to the
lesson: it was so spirit filled and so amazing. I can’t say it enough.
Where we came from, where we are going, why we are here, what the heck
we are even supposed to do while on this earth, etc. After we went
through it all, I looked at Connie and told her about her little boy,
Ethan. He had just come from the presence of his Father, he had chosen
to come to earth and follow Jesus Christ. With that as a backdrop, I
asked her, “with your understanding of where Ethan just came from, how do
you feel about your calling as a mother?” Her eyes got wide and lit
up and she shot a frantic glance at Ethan–sleeping in her mother’s
arms. It was so powerful. I felt like I saw the spirit literally touch
her heart. Open it up and help her see who she was. Who her baby boy
is. We read D&C 18:10 about the worth of souls and…man. It was so
awesome. We are so excited to go back and see how she feels. The ball
is in her court–pray! Come to church! I know 9:30 is early! (Yeah
right, try getting up for the gym at 5:45 everyday). Read in that
little blue book!
Oh, this was HILARIOUS: There is this lady in our ward named Erminda.
She is a RIOT. She is just so happy and kind and funny. She has a
booming and classic laugh that lights up the room. Her daughter is
absolutely awesome–Samantha–she is 23 or 24 and is the seminary
teacher. She is THE bomb. They were sitting in front of us during
Relief Society in the back corner. The lesson finally got underway and
things hushed up, but Samantha and Erminda kept giggling to each other
and listening and then throwing in their comments to one another and
giggling and learning. It is awesome. It actually reminds me a lot of
my mom and I–maybe that’s why I have such a tender spot for them.
Anyway, at one point, the teacher read a scripture and told everyone
to be really quiet and still and listen to their hearts about
“someding o ruther” and it got really quiet. They were letting that
scripture sink into their souls and then Sam whispered
something to Erminda that had Erminda just about explode with laughter.
Instead of letting out her giant roar, she went for the
I was DYING. I love them. I love our ward so much.
We are headed to the temple tonight with one of Hermana Molina’s
recent converts–Rosa (baptized in December). She is an ANGEL and
seriously eats and sleeps and drinks and breaths the gospel. She is
amazing. I’m so stoked for baptisms tonight!!
I don’t even know what else to say. The work is good. Life is good.
It’s always a good time. Also, shout out to Sister Puckett and Sister
Cooper for their emails and updates on the Cristianitos Ward. Man, I
can’t even believe the fire and excitement of it all. Missions right
and left, YW having their New Beginnings. So fun. I love our ward.
So don’t forget it. I love being a Cristianita. I’ll forever be one.
I am seriously out of time and don’t even know where to begin in
regard to a spiritual thought or what I am learning. I will just say
this: there would have been no atonement except for the character of
He turns outward only. He loves only. As I have studied and pondered
and wondered this week, I learned a little more about how He truly had
the power to satisfy His OWN needs at any time. He could have turned
the stones into bread. He could have jumped from the temple and had
Angels protect hIm and be totally unharmed. He could have had ALL the
glory and fame of the world. He could have. Satan (referring to Satan
coming after Christ’s fast) insisted on tempting Him again and again
in a very pointed and twisted way–“IF thou be the Son of God…”
Why did he throw in that IF? What a jerk. Satan was doing exactly what
he does with all of us (though to a lesser scale). He was presenting
the opportunity to doubt His divine nature. Satan was trying to make
Christ doubt whether or not He was, indeed, the Son of God. Trying to
make Him doubt whether the Father really did love Him or not.
Satan does that to me all the time and I think he is such a bum for it.
He tries to make us doubt who we are and where we came from. He tries
to have us forget and be blind to the GLORIOUS future ahead of
us–yeah, one of CELESTIAL GLORY–that is our’s to have BECAUSE WE ARE
children of the Most High. We do have that potential. We do have light
and truth and happiness and promise and joy and every good thing ahead
Christ turned outward always. After agonizing pain in Gethsemane, he
healed that guy’s ear even though that guy was taking Him to His
certain death. On the cross he charged John to take care of His dear
mother, Mary. He pleaded with His Father that He would “forgive them,
for they know not what they do.” He consoled the others hanging on
their crosses with Him and told them they will rest with Him in
paradise. He sent Angels to John after His own super long and
exhausting fast and being tempted by Satan (JST).
He turns out. He looks outward. He has ALL power, and He ONLY uses it
to bless others. To bless you and to bless me. To save us all and to
reach and touch us all.
I love Him so much. My mind is blown and my heart is full.
Have a great week! Be true.
P.S. I am LAME and seriously took 2 pictures this week. Sorry. I know
those are always the best part. I’ll be better.