Hermana Hipol vs. The Book

¡Hola and Buenas Dias from El Salvador! I hope that this email finds you all well and happy and abundantly blessed by our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have to teach and to serve. This week was so amazing, and really flew by so fast! Time passes so quickly here in the field, and there are so many times when I wish it would slow down a bit. But, the Lord is Hastening the Work, so we got to keep up with the pace.

This week our trio was brought back to a duo, as Hermana Roa received her new companion. Hermana Avila and I were able to go to changes meeting without receiving changes, and it was amazing to see all of the new missionaries and the missionaries that are preparing to leave. It was shocking, by may of this year we will have lost about 60 missionaries, and almost all of them are our zone leaders, district leaders, training leaders, assistants, and secretaries…. tons are leaving! I cannot wait to see what the lord has in store for this mission and this part of his vineyard.

This week the sun hit us full on. I am not sure I was totally ready, but we keep working our hardest… and drinking tons of water. I was really touched in my personal study by a promise that I read in the Book of Mormon:

10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

So, yeah, the Lord will bless and guide us…. if we don’t melt first. :)

Anyways, this week we met with President in a couple different meetings, and this change we are going to have a major refocus on the Book of Mormon, using it in every lesson, in contacting, in everything. As my companion and I have tried to do so, the change in the spirit we have felt has been amazing! I love the Book of Mormon. I know that it is true, the truest book of all of the books that have ever been written. I has so many promises, so many lessons to be learned. I am reading it for the third time for my mission, and it as if I have never read it before in my life. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that it is true. I get to bear testimony of it all day every day. Read it, dissect it, and enjoy it. It will bless you and teach you.

This week I also taught my first multitude… It was so humbling. We had an activity in a poorer area and met with a bunch of investigators and recent converts. I gave the spiritual thought. There were about 40 people there and I just shared my testimony of the Book of Mormon and how the gospel has blessed my family. The spirit was so strong and I invited them all to repent and be baptized. I felt like the prophets of the Book of Mormon. It was really epic.

Anyways, I love and miss you all. Keep the faith, fight the fight.

Hurrah for Israel!

Love

Hermana Hipol