I love being a missionary. It is so hard, a lot harder than I could have ever imagined. And yet, it is so beautiful. There are so many tender mercies all around me, so many blessings, so many lessons to be learned. This week was amazing. Time flies so fast, sometimes I wish I could have another day in the week, or even another hour or two in the day.
I love my companion. Hermana Judd is the biggest miracle. She is so compassionate, so selfless, and such a hard worker. We work our hardest, and every day pray that we can work harder. The hardest part of this week was not being able to really truly see the fruits of our labors, but I hope and pray that we can cause some person to come a little closer to the Savior. This week was also my first intercambio! For twenty four hours I was on exchanges with the Hermana Training Leader, Hermana Garbett in Molino. It was so much fun, and really quite the adventure, She taught me some great lessons, and I hope that I can apply them and make my teaching better. Intercambios were fun, but I truly recognized how much I love my companion. I dunno what I am going to do without her!
This week we saw so many miracles. We found some new investigators that are so prepared. We got to work alongside two sisters, Paty and Miriam as our missionary family for the week. They are so amazing! We went with them and met with a sister that we had contacted earlier in the week. This sister, Hermana Marta, is so amazing. Hermana Judd and I had been looking for someone else when we knocked her door and we asked to come by and visit with her another day. Well turns out, she had visited with some elders years before but they had left the area and she had not heard from them since… Well she is so ready to recieve the message now. We have been changing how we have our first lesson, and emphazised more on the importance of prophets and Joseph Smith. When we shared the first vision, Hermana Marta started to cry. We invited her to be baptized and she said yes!!! I love being a missionary!
Okay, conference. I LOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE!!! I learned so many wonderful things and I hope and challenge all of you to take the time to go back and study the messages that were shared. Now is the time to do the Lords work, to gather the harvest! The hour is very near at hand, it is so crazy! So many prophecies in the scriptures were fulfilled. I love the prophet. Because of some technical difficulties I listened to the first session in spanish. I was able to understand a lot of it… but the spanish that they speak here and the spanish used by the translators is very much not the same language… remotelly. But, no worries, thanks to the Lords Tender Mercies, I was able to listen to all the other sessions in English.
This week I have focused my personal studies on mercy, and as always, the Lord never ceases to fill my cup to overflowing. Throughout my personal studies, companionship studies and even General Conference (which was completely amazing) I have learned so much about my Saviors atonement for me, and his endless compassion and mercy. In my studies I was also struck by the emphasis on repentance, of change, of drawing nearer to the Savior. Really, it is our purpose as missionaries, to invite people to come. Come and repent, come and partake, come and see, come and rejoice. This is my fathers work. It is a noble and glorious cause. IT IS EPIC!
I love you all so much… Thank you for your love and support!
P.S. One day this week this stray cat somehow made it into our house…. It was the most terrifying thing I had ever seen in my life… It was almost completely bald, skeletal, and had these deep, sunken eyes that pierced the soul….We somehow got it out the front door but it just mewed there for about fifteen minutes… Oh El Salvador…