CE SAPTEMANA! (WHAT A WEEK!)
Ce saptemana, ce saptamana! (What a week, what a week!) I have learned so much about the branch, my district, the Spirit and about myself.
This week has been filled with amazing stories and miracles. I am truly blessed by the Lord to have witnessed so many wonderful things. I forgot to mention last Monday that Sora Routson and I accompanied the Bairs on a hike in the mountains, it was so beautiful and green, it reminded me so much of the Sacred Grove. Sora Routson is seriously the most wonderful companion I could ever ask for, she never fails to lift my spirits, lately she's been giving me these little inspirational quotes like "Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it's the courage to continue that counts."- Winston Churchill or yesterday, "You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it!" I hope that if I'm ever a trainer, I can be half as confident, courageous, and spiritual as mine!
I am also very blessed to be a part of a wonderful district, they are such examples to me of being willing to work hard because they love the branch and all those we teach. In fact, just a couple days ago, I heard Sora Bastidas say something that resonated in my heart. It's not an exact quote, but it went something like, "You can't just pray to be brave and keep fear in your heart. If you want to be brave, be brave! The Lord will help you do the rest." There have been so many times when I've fallen short, but I can testify that the Lord will make up where we lack. In fact, when all the surori went to contact in the park, I was handing out pamphlets and cards to people passing by, when I made eye contact with a woman sitting on a bench, I felt I should give her one. I felt nervous, but the Spirit gave me the courage to walk up and speak with this woman, Dana.
We've done a lot of less-active contacting this week, we actually made return appointments with a couple of them! I'm so excited for that. In English class, we are having a lot more people stay for our spiritual thought and we met Rodica, she's very interested in the Church and we want to meet with her soon. But I want to tell you about two of the miracles I witnessed this week. The first is that I witnessed my first baptism this week, a boy named Daniel. Elder Sanchez baptized him, and witnessing this made me appreciate so much more the promises we make with God when we commit to be baptized. The second was such a testimony builder as well. Corina had been looking for a job, and all of us had been praying she would find one, but nothing came out of it. Then, on Friday, we got a call from a less-active member, Rebeca, who owns a soarma shop. She asked if Corina could come to work at least for one day because she was overwhelmed and needed help. It turned out wonderfully, and Rebeca came to church on Sunday! Both women have been a great support to one another. To me, this was a miracle, because the Lord answered Corina's prayer by making her an instrument in helping Rebeca. Thinking about this, I realize that that's exactly what a mission is: by turning ourselves completely, even though we are the least of all, we have our prayers answered through becoming an instrument in His hands and answering others prayers. This reminds me of the scripture that has become the theme for my mission: 1 Corinthians 15: 10, 58. And I'd like to close with the words of President Ivory, a man I love and respect, and who I can testify is inspired of God: "We need miracles. Don't be afraid to pray for miracles and then give all. There's no risk in believing and then in doing your best."