Friday, March 13, 2015
Oh man, I can't believe I hit my half way point in the MTC. It's crazy how fast everything has gone so far!! I'm still loving it here! My zone is amazing and my companion is amazing!! Over this week we've gotten really close. There have been lots of problems and issues back home for a few people in my zone. Some of which include having friends pass away, someone's mom has cancer, and another missionary's parents separated. These missionaries have really been struggling, and it's so hard to watch all of them go through what they're going through. However, I know that the Lord is so aware of them. He knows where they need to be. It's actually amazing that they get to be here in the MTC where the Spirit is always so strong. With the Lord, we can get through any problem, any trial, and any heartache!
This week we have learned about the importance of the Book of Mormon in people's conversions! If people come to know that the Book of Mormon is true, then the rest is simple. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith is a true prophet, the priesthood authority is now on the earth, we can all receive the knowledge, ordinances, and covenants that make it possible for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. This is the exact message that I've been trying to teach my 3 investigators, Mercedes, Areli, and Marcos. They always are saying how hard their lives are. And that's exactly why I'm a missionary. Because life is hard. It's hard for everyone. Everyone goes through struggles, but I know this book will help. It will give you the strength you need to overcome any challenge. I promise that if you make time for the Book of Mormon and God in your life, you will be changed. You will see God's hand in your life!
Haha, so anyway, our favorite Elder has been giving everyone Spirit animals this week. What a weirdo. Ha so Hermana Wilson is a Mir cat, Atendido is a wolf..of course, Otte is an owl, Elder Barry is a sloth, and I'm a bald eagle?? What?? That was so offensive...do I look like a bald eagle? What a punk!;)
Hermana Wilson and I had to clean the bathrooms...otra vez. OTRA VEZ. Haha, what is this?
Oh, so Hermana Wilson and I had amazing experiences with TRC this week. TRC investigators and the ones that really might be investigators...they're not our teachers at all. But TRC on Tuesday was with members. It's so fun when they're members because then we can just share testimonies! So before hand we planned to share just a little bit about the Plan of Salvation in our lessons with them. We wanted to go over our life on earth and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So our first investigator was Hermana Taylor.. We really got to know her and her life story at first, she is so cute. She took up most of our time just telling stories, so at the end I just flipped through the pamphlet and saw the song "I am a Child of God" on one of the pages so I had her read it. She became really emotional. She said that she remembered her and her twin sister singing that just knowing that God was HER father and that He would lead her and guide her. I had no idea that that quote would even make a difference, but the Spirit knew. The Spirit knew she needed that memory at that moment. Our next investigator was Hermano Rascon. Toward the end of that lesson I had the impression to tell my conversion story which was how I gained a testimony. I told him that when my grandma died I had little faith, but through much prayer and studying I found hope and I found God. He then opened up to us and shared a similar story of how he gained his testimony when his best friends died. He remembered just looking to the heavens and knowing there is something more. The spirit was so strong in both lessons. I testify that that the Spirit knows us. God knows us. He has a plan for us. Come unto Him and find purpose and hope.
So yeah, no funny stories this week, pero this week was a great time to grow spiritually. I love you all and hope all is great in your lives!! Thanks for all of the support and prayers!!