What a crazy week! Last Monday we had our first “do nothing” pday in what seems like forever! Then later that day we had an interview with our Mission President. Something I asked him in the interview was how I could be more righteously prepared. He had me to turn to Moroni 10:32 which says, “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. (I’m pretty sure I had shared this same scripture a few weeks ago.) He had be substitute the word “perfected” to “strengthened” because, of course, we will not gain perfection in this life. Then he cross-referenced that scripture to Doctrine and Covenants 4:2, 5-7, which says,
2 “Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. 5 “And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. 6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. 7 Ask, and ye shall receive, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.”
What I now understand righteous preparation to be is to develop Christlike attributes and to serve God with everything! I love that and I feel like each one of us can apply that into our lives no matter where we are in life, we can all righteously prepare for the next day ahead.
Tuesday was filled with service! There is a special charity organization in Anza called “From the Heart” that we were able to help wrap presents for. This organization is run by women from all different faiths in Anza (the most abundant thing up here is churches) and this week the Mormon missionaries jumped on the bandwagon! They collect donations all year around and save up so that less fortunate children in Anza could have gifts for Christmas. This week we will be able to help pass out the gifts as well. I love service!
Wednesday was also filled with service! We helped set up for our Branch Christmas party that happened on Saturday. Thursday was a little traumatizing. We had stopped by one of our investigators to invite them to the party and the woman started yelling at us at the top of her lungs and cussing us out. We thought it was a joke because she had joked around like that with us before, so at first we were trying to laugh it off, which just made her more mad. All we wanted to do was to invite her to the Christmas party. It was sad and we don’t know why she was so mad at us.
Thursday we had a Zone Meeting which was great! It always puts me on a spiritual high and pumps me up to be a better missionary! We then headed up to Idyllwild and once we got there we were going to teach one of our investigators, Karson, but I had a feeling we shouldn’t go. Turns out a few minutes later it started hailing like crazy and it didn’t stop for almost two hours and our lesson with Karson would have been outside. We got a little taste of a white Christmas that day!
We had our Branch Christmas party on Saturday! It was such a success and we were able to get 8 of our investigators there! Christmas is such a special time of year!
Have a great week!
Love, Sister Meza