Monday, June 8, 2015

Mon, Jun 8, 2015 How did Noah have enough food to feed the elephants?

Hey everyone,

This week, we had exchanges. So I was in charge of our area for one whole day. It was so hard and crazy, but we were able to see so many miracles that day! Sister Wilding came to Surrey Spanish for a day! We spent a lot of our day finding! Haha, Sister Wilding is definitely a wild thing. She is hilarious! We were talking to this man who had so many questions for us. He didn't have the same questions that most people have. The questions of his soul were, "How did God flood the earth?" and "How did Noah have enough food to feed the elephants?" Haha, Sister Wilding and I just looked at each other and were like, "Good thing knowing the answers to these questions are not necessary for salvation." Haha. 

From Em's Dad,
By the way:  Elephants may spend 12-18 hours a day feeding. Adult elephants can eat between 200-600 pounds of food a day. As herbivores, elephants consume grasses, tree foliage, bark, twigs, and other vegetation daily. Elephants can also drink up to 50 gallons of water a day – about as much as a standard bathtub holds.  Don’t know how Noah kept that much food on the ark, it’s a good thing my testimony is strong enough to overcome this DEEP MYSTERY.

Sister Wilding, being the spunky missionary that she is, turned to this man and yelled. "Because God is so cool!!!" Haha, that was actaully her answer for a lot of the questions people asked us. She also liked to say how legit the Book of Mormon is. It was quite the day! 

Because Sister Wilding doesn't know any Spanish, I had to take charge on everything. We had two lessons that day, both in Spanish!! One of them was with Natalie, she is a new investigator for us. I had to use really simple Spanish, but I know she was able to feel the Spirit. After we told her about Joseph's Smith experience, she said she knew that he was a prophet of God. It was so incredible. She has such a strong desire to learn more and I know that the Lord will help her every step of the way! Then we had a lesson that night with Alex! It was such a miracle, he brought his friend, Julio...who also speaks Spanish! Crazy, we don't usually get to talk to 3 spanish people in one day...especially spanish speaking investigators! God is so good! 

My fav little kids that came running after us one day!! They are in our ward!

Zone meeting! Hermana Johnson and I had to do a training! Pretty Sweet! Killing it out here! Sisters from left to right: Sister Collier, Zundal, Mathis, Johnson, Brook, Wilding, ME, Holbrook 

This week, we had zone conference! Hermana Johnson and I were asked to train at zone conference on "being real".

Haha, so not being a missionary robot basically! I love what it says in Preach My Gospel about how we are supposed to teach the doctrine and allow the Spirit to be both with us and our investigators, but it tells us to also be ourselves. Use our "own words" and our "own conviction". I absolutely know that I'm supposed to be here in this mission. I was called here because of who I am and who I can become with the Lord's help. He knows that there are people here that need to hear my testimony and my own conviction! I love this gospel! I love the Lord and His work! 

Another thing we discussed at zone conference was Elder Holland's talk "We are all enlisted". If you haven't read this talk, I challenge you to read it! Elder Holland has such a powerful way with words and I believe he really portrayed our duty to be worthy! One of the greatest things I learned from this talk is that we need to be playing for the Lord's team all the time! We already know that His team will win, so we need to stick with it. Yeah, I know it's hard. But being on the winning team has always been hard. We are going to have to work harder than we ever have and give it 110% of our heart, might, mind, and strength! We are all called to labor in the work of the Lord, whether you choose to serve a full time mission or not! Remember, that you are one of the star players. The Lord needs you. There is no "gray area". You are either playing for Satan or playing for the Lord. Choose to play on the Lord's team. If you are already on the team, stay there! If you aren't, get worthy and get on the team!!

Fort Langley last pday day

This morning, I was studying about the power and authority of the calling to be a missionary. In 1 Cor 2:4 it says "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." I'm so grateful to know that it doesn't matter how big my vocabulary is or how eloquent my speech is, I can be a powerful missionary IF I have the Spirit with me! That is one of the greatest blessings you can receive, is to have the Spirit with you so that you can testify in a way that your words will soften the hearts of those you teach! I pray that all of you will find opportunities to share your strong testimonies. Share what you know is true. I know that it will change lives. 

I'm really so grateful for my time in Surrey. 

I came here desiring to be a follower of Jesus Christ, but now I pray to leave here being a disciple of Jesus Christ! I hope that all of you remember just how good God is. I know that God's plan is perfect!! Have a great week!!:)

Con amor, Hermana Hoth

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