Being a missionary has taught me so many life lessons that I want to follow for the rest of my life. I want my life to be so much different than it was before. I learned the importance of sanctifying and consecrating myself to the Lord. I learned that losing our lives and using our time to serve others is what brings the most joy and satisfaction in life. I learned the importance of being obedient to him. I also have learned the importance of choosing to be happy and show love and do what is in my power to do to bring love to others.
If there is anything I want to happen in my life, it's that I want to serve the Lord. I want to dedicate my life to serving and working hard. I desire that more than anything else. I hope that God will help me in that desire and help guide my life to a higher plane. I want to make my standards high and not lower them. I want to show love to all those I meet and have long since been my friends.
I have been so blessed on my last week with wonderful people to teach. We went to the Abat family last night to see how they were doing, and we were taken away by the spirituality of Radclif! He went to FSY and he loved it so much. He shared his favorite scriptures of the week -- 3 Nephi 5:13 and 3 Nephi 11:25-26. And then he expressed how much he wanted to serve a mission. The Spirit was so strong in the room and I was overcome with emotion. To see Radclif desire to serve a mission meant the world to me. Sister Jensen felt impressed to say that someday there will be many people that will come to Elder Abat and thank him for saving them! The Abat family told us they would work to be sealed in the temple. We will work on it! Keep praying and fasting for it.
Sayra is doing fantastic. We had a super spiritual lesson last week on Wednesday. We had taught her the Restoration the week before and had given her an assignment to ask God if this was true, and was the right path for her. When we came, she told us that she was sad because she was really trying to get an answer and wanted to be ready for us to come and ask her if she had received an answer, but she didn't feel like she had gotten one. We all started telling our own experiences with coming to know the Book of Mormon is true, that sometimes we expect something crazy to happen like an angel coming to us and confirming to us that is true. But for us and for Sister Mendoza, things came as gentle feelings urging us to do good and telling us not with a loud voice, but a small whisper that pierces to the soul. That's when a wonderful feeling came in the room. Sister Sayra started getting goosebumps. She started remembering all the prayers that had been answered in the past week. How she had pleaded to God to help her finish her reports on time even though it seemed virtually impossible, and that if he would that she would believe that she is there. She finished her reports with time to spare. Then she had remembered how she prayed the missionaries to her house. Then she started crying and she didn't understand why. But we knew. She felt the Holy Ghost confirm to her that everything we had taught was true. Her little family came to church this week and accepted to live the Word of Wisdom without question last night. I thought of this verse in Doctrine and Covenants 6
22 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.
23 Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?
Christal came to church again this week. We had tried to visit her that Saturday afternoon and she was obviously upset about something but she was afraid to say it out loud. But when she was in the church, she told us how much she feels peace here and safe and loved here. But starting since she was young she had been abused and neglected and misused. It disgusted me to hear about how much damage people caused to such a sensitive, sweet, and loving daughter of God. It was so hard to see how much pain that she had to suffer. It has hurt her life so very much. But Sister Flora is trying to arrange a way to help her get better schooling in a new place. I'm not sure if it will go through or not. But while she is here we are just going to love her and help her get to seminary. She loves all the church activities and we sing with her all the time.
We had a fantastic lesson with the Gallego family on Thursday about one of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 3. It was incredible to listen to Brother Gallego explain how that through the the Atonement of Christ we can put off the natural man and become more like a child and be submissive to our Father in Heaven. That turned out to be my talk in sacrament meeting on Sunday. Our plan is to continue to read the Book of Mormon with this family -- they are so great at reading the scriptures. They still have a few things to do before they can get baptized, but I know that the Holy Ghost through the Book of Mormon will tell them what to do.
We are really excited for the Musical Devotional on Saturday! I really love to hear and sing testimonies expressed through song, and I have a really intense desire to enhance my music skills when I go home. I want that to become a big part of me because it helps me feel the Spirit, develop my talents and share the gospel with others. We will invite everyone!
We saw a former investigator start progressing, Sister Leni. She was taught a little before when her child died, but she had some anger towards God because her sweet and innocent 6 year old child died without warning 2 years ago. But now that she is meeting with us again, she told us that her attitude is changing and the Spirit is changing her life little by little. She loves reading and understands the doctrine that we teach her. She told us that her prayers are becoming more meaningful and she is feeling the love from her Heavenly Father and the anger that she felt is being replaced with humility and love. Such a miracle!
We are still going to keep visiting members and helping them share the Book of Mormon:)
Lynn and June's little boy Harvey is confined in the hospital because his lungs are so congested and because of his situation he can't cough. He could use a lot of prayers right now. Even though his family has been praying and praying that somehow he will be healed, Heavenly Father has been answering their prayers in a different way. Their faith is growing tremendously. Brother June used to not believe in God but now is starting to pray and read little by little even though he doesn't understand everything. Sister Lynn is a solid rock in her family -- she never stops praying, never stops hoping, never gives up. She knows that God is there and knows her sufferings. She loves the Book of Mormon and told herself that she would read it from the beginning if at least just a little every day.
KC and Jarwin came to church this week -- KC loves the Book of Mormon and understands the importance of the gospel. They still love the message of the gospel and are still working on growing their faith!