Just wanted to share some of my favorite scriptures from this week:
“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” Ether 12:27
“And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?” 2 Nephi 31:10
“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.” 3 Nephi 5:13
This week was great! On Tuesday, we had an orientation to serve at a therapeutic riding center which Sister Thomas is really excited about! She loves horses! Then when we got home and started our studies, I wasn’t feeling well and it turns out I was suffering from heat exhaustion.
Friday was the last multi-zone conference I would have on the mission, so I got to give my outgoing testimony. I feel like just yesterday I was giving my incoming testimony. It is always amazing to hear the testimonies of the missionaries leaving! Just the other day, I was reading the entry to my first multi-zone conference and it’s crazy how much I have grown.
Some things that stood out to me in the meeting was when my Mission President talked about exact obedience. He taught that we are not perfect and that God doesn’t demand that from us, but the two principles within being exact is obedience and repentance. The Lord’s love is always there but that trust needs to be earned.
We met a guy this week while walking on the street and we taught him a lesson. It was crazy because he had said that last week he was looking at the BYU website and wants to go there. He said that he loved the values of the school and asked us if we had a book he could read….of course we do! 😉 He was definitely prepared by the Lord!
One of the people I had taught in Corona was supposed to be baptized this week but the day of his baptism, he didn’t show up to church So Sister Nai and her companion went by his house and no one answered so they went into his backyard and found him sitting on the couch watching TV. They had a lesson with him and he has chosen not to get baptized. It makes me sad because I know all the blessings he is missing out on. Hopefully, down the line he will be ready to make that sacred promise with God.
General Conference is the best holiday on a mission! I loved the talk by Craig C. Christensen about Joseph Smith because he had given the same talk to our mission in May! This time around it really helped me gain a greater understanding of Joseph Smith! I loved Elder Oaks talk on missionary work! The simple things he invited each of us to do was:
Pray for a desire to help with missionary work.
Speak to others with an invitation to learn more about Christ.
Be authentic with loving concern.
Do not be limited to your circle of friends.
Wards should hold invitation Sundays.
Invite those that need it.
Social media give us opportunities to reach out.
This is just from my notes and probably not 100% perfect from what he said, but I know that as we apply this and strengthen our desire, then we can be the means of bringing more joy into the lives of our brothers and sisters! I love the Gospel!
This week we saw many miracles! Our focus this week was to rely more fully on the Lord, then on our own abilities. With that, we were able to pick up nine new investigators including two families! 🙂
Our new investigators include…
Velma — we met her husband while “seeking with faith” and he said we could come back. He ended up not interested, but his wife is. 🙂
Jasmine — this cute young mom raising five little boys, mostly by herself. Her husband works all over the country and she only gets to see him five times a year. She told us about her love for the Bible and how much of an impact her mom reading it to her at a young age had on her.
Notel — he requested a Bible online and so we were the ones to deliver it! 🙂 He had been taught by missionaries before, but stopped when he didn’t feel ready for baptism, although he has a strong desire to come closer to God.
The Andrade family — We have been teaching the mom, Mirna, for a few weeks and she finally got her family to meet with us. They are really hoping to read the Book of Mormon together as a family. We even had the Mancilla family from our ward come to the lesson. Some of them even ended up being friends from school! It was cool to hear their testimonies!
Esther — she is this cute little Latino woman some other missionaries had referred to us. She has a close friend who is a member and always invites her to church.
Christina and Junewin — super nice family (as they all are!) and they were really excited to have us! They are very interested in the gospel.
I also got to watch the General Women’s Broadcast last weekend and it was the bomb! I loved the reference to the story about Christ and the woman at the well. She was teachable. Christ can give us living water if we seek it like she did, and then she went and shared this witness with others! I feel like this is a basic version of my experience as a missionary. I have learned to be teachable, to rely on the Lord, and to share my witness! I love the scriptures! I love this gospel!