Blessings and more blessings!
This week was so outstanding! I really learned that even though we as humans aren't perfect sometimes - it doesn't mean that God doesn't love us and that he won't bless us with what we need. Wednesday started out as one of the most stressful days that I've had in the mission. It seemed that there was no time for any of the million things we had to do...And everytime we tried to do something it ended up taking more time than it should have, or ended up not working out. It was just a really stressful day. We finally got to our lunch appointment and the Hermana wasn't there - we called and she had completely forgotten she was going to feed us that day and was out of town. We got back on the bus to go over to the Relief Society President's house... (warning - this update contains an embarrassing story about me) As we went to get off the bus, it jolted as I was stepping down from the steps and I went flying down onto the pavement. It happened so fast it went in slow motion - I somehow managed to do a few awesome rolls down a little hill too. - Don't worry, I got right up with barely a scratch on my knee (The only thing really broken being my pride) We started walking to get the Hermana's house and I just felt so much opposition! It was so heavy - So I said a prayer. What happened next?
So the hermana made the most delicious food - making me feel right at home. Then we went to a lesson with one of our investigators Jordy that's getting baptized next week - He told us he hadn't read, he missed a couple prayers and that we wasn't going to be able to come to church. And we then had the most spiritual lesson with him - being able to find a whole bunch of worries and doubts that before we didn't even know were there. (And using 3 Nephi 13 ;) He truely then started to pass through repentence and we could just feel the change. It was one of those lessons that taught us as teachers something as well. At the end of the lesson he told us that the other day he told one of his friends "I'm mormon!"
THEN we went and visited a menos activa that told us last week that she didn't want anything to do with the church because she goes to the catholic church with her dad. We just went in to say hi and sing her a hymn to keep animating her little by little - And we sand Luz del Cielo (Breath of Heaven in spanish!) And it turned into another amazingly spiritual lesson. She told us at the end - I'm going to church with you on sunday!
Later as we were walking to our investigator Leticia's house we felt prompted to go visit an old reference that we had never been able to make an appointment with. We walked up and he was there on his computer so we started right off with He is the Gift - And then we really studied the scripture at the end - For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. So that whosover believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." It was such a powerful lesson. And the spirit was so strong again. When we invited him to baptism he couldn't reject what he had felt. Then we topped the day off by visited Leticia and singing Luz del Cielo for her as well. We are really excited to sing it at our concert this weekend!
It was such a testimony to me that God loves us - and even when Satan does everything is his power to knock you down - and sometimes when he literally knocks you off a bus - That God will always bless us - and that one of the worst days can turn into one of the best if we just remember Him. Something I love of the He is the Gift is just thinking about how much of a gift our Savior was for us. How much love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for us. And the invitation to all is that this Christmas season we can find that special gift we can give to them. It's a gift that is harder to think of sometimes but if we ask in prayer what he hopes from us - he'll help us know what it is that we need to give of ourselves to show our true love and gratitude for him.
And then to top off my week of blessings - I don't know if you remember back when I was in Nogales and teaching Ivan - He was a great investigator who had cancer. After I left Nogales all I could do was keep praying for him. For his health and that the day of his baptism would someday come. And yesterday it did. And not only that but God blessed me with the opportunity to go to the most special baptism. I can't wait for one year from now when him and his family can go to the temple to become an eternal family. That is what this is all about, and somehow God blesses us - has blessed me - with the chance to share it with others. May we all find that chance to share the gospel. To share eternity with someone who God is placing in your path.
Love you all! Thank you for your support and love and I hope you all have an amazing holiday season. To all my family and friends in finals and exams - best of luck! And remember the true reason for the season - ËL es la DÄDIVA
(Side note to mom and to who it may concern. The other day we were passing by a house and I heard the Piano Guys! I of course immediately stopped in my tracks and looked for a way to contact them without knocking on the door. At that instant a woman walked out and I started to talk to her. Even though she was too busy to listen in that moment, I know that for something she was listening to Piano Guys when I happened to walk by. God works in mysterious ways! And I like the way he works :)
November Leader's meeting - now we're all there. Hna Ledek, me and Hna Jensen! :) I'm so proud of Hna Jensen for joining us as a STL!