Transfer news: staying here with Hermana Hutchison. We are STOKED. It’s her last cycle.
Hola hola hola
This was the best week. Miracles and so many people and just….awesome experiences. I feel good. I am so tired. But I feel good. I really do account the Lord’s goodness and grace to the fact that I haven’t fallen asleep during lessons or while driving or just passed out on my breakfast plate in the mornings. I really do believe that if we are just obedient and try, He will sustain us in our efforts and give us the strength to overcome and go and do. 1 Nephi 7:17–my “ponderizing” scripture this week (I’ve found ponderizing hard…I have so many things swirling around in my head…to stick with one scripture has been tough! Ha).
But it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound.
Give me the strength so I can burst these cords which subject me. I love that. Nephi using the enabling power of the atonement. Not just putting off his natural man, but also BECOMING a saint through the atonement of Christ. I so often just put off the natural man and then am left empty and hungry. My soul is hungry. If we put off the natural man–what we are–then we are just blank! And how easy it is, then, for other problems to arise and the natural man to return, and this time with a vengeance. I’ve been trying to focus on that second half–becoming a saint through the atonement of Christ–a lot. Being meek and submissive and humble and patient and full of love and willing to submit to all things the Father sees fit to inflict upon me. Life is richer and filler that way. To get back to Nephi–he prayed for the STRENGTH (aka grace) to break the cords which bound him (natural man? Lack of being a saint?). He prayed for the strength to change his circumstances–he didn’t pray for his circumstances to be changed. He prayed so that he would be able to be an agent unto himself and ACT and not be acted upon. Love that. Love Nephi.
Yesica and Hugo got married on Saturday. Our sweet and humble Bishop Berardi performed the service in our chapel with all of 8 family members and 4 missionaries there. When they stood and took each other’s right hands, such a sweet and delicate and kind–kind–spirit entered the room. It was tangible and my heart was touched. I loved that Hugo’s first response to the vows was “yes”–not the typical “I do.” Love that. I’m excited for them to go to the temple and be sealed in a year’s time.
Laura and Scott are doing well, though they received some bad news this week regarding finances/medical bills, etc. I am a little worried about it, but I believe that it will all be ok. Laura–especially–loves the Plan of Salvation. She tore through the Plan of Salvation pamphlet with notes and questions. She LOVES the Fall of Adam and Eve–that they did it together. That they together partook. It’s got me thinking about the Fall and I’ve been studying it more to be able to explain it better and testify with more power when I teach. I have learned so much! I honestly didn’t understand too much, and I still don’t. But something that I love about the gospel is that when we study and ask questions, there ARE answers and more light. More truth. And it comes really just line upon line. Here a little and there a little. I’ve felt the spirit testify not only of the reality of the godhead and of the divine nature within us and us being made in the image of God, but also–and more powerfully–I have felt the spirit testify of the essentiality (is that a word? I feel like I make up words in English now because I’m used to Spanish having a word for everything…?) of the Savior, Jesus Christ. The fact that we really did and really do need a savior. One thing–Moses 4 versus Genesis 3. In Genesis, God asks Adam “where art thou?” And in Moses He asks, “where GOEST thou?” Was God seriously asking what bush Adam was behind???? I don’t think so. He doesn’t so much care who we are now, but who we become. If we are moving forward or not–where we are going. With the decisions we are making, He cares about which way we are facing and where we are going. Where GOEST thou if you keep eyeing that pornography? Where GOEST thou if you keep turning it off? If you keep reading your scriptures, or not? If you keep paying you tithing, or not? If you keep loving Him and keeping His commandments, or not? Where goest thou….I though that was so cool.
In other news, this week I’ve met three families from Jordan. How cool is that!? I wish with all my heart I had learned more Arabic while I was there. They are such good people. So kind and hospitable. That was something I loved about Israel and Jordan–wherever you walked, people would be sitting in their shops or outside their homes or just walking, and they invited you in and immediately offered juice. Invited you and your whole family over for dinner. Introduced you to all their family and friends. So kind. I love them. One of these families are new investigators, and live right next to the church.
STOKED! I hope we are all going to God. Looking to God and LIVING. Because that’s the best.
I love you! Everything is wonderful.
Love. Love love. Love. Love LOVE.