Hermano C is doing so well. We stopped by their house again this week, and he was there during lunch time which was kind of strange because usually he is out doing little jobs. We were nervous that he had given up because it was a hot day, but we asked him and he told us that he had found permanent work! Thank you for your prayers. It is really hard work, really tough labor, but he has work! He came to church again this week and I told Hermana Sanchez that nothing has given me more joy in my life than to see the change in Hermano C.
This week was probably the best week I have had in the mission. Every night I came home I knew within my heart that I had worked my hardest and that the Lord guided us in every step. We have harmony in our companionship, we are learning more about the Gospel in our studies every morning, we are getting closer to Christ and I am truly learning what it means to repent and forgive moment by moment. I LOVE being a missionary. It is the smartest thing I could be doing with my life. I am learning to love people more than I ever thought possible. It´s hard not to see immediate success and baptisms. The V family is in the process of dropping the coffee, haha I have no idea how to say that in English but hopefully you understand me. They told us they don´t think they are ready to be baptized the 8th...We have a FHE with them tonight and then tomorrow for the birthday of one of the daughters, (and I will be celebrating Gentry!). Pray specifically please that we will know what to say to motivate the family to attend the classes, search for answers, and be baptized.
President started calling us more often and is asking me how well I know the checklists in Predicad Mi Evangelio... errr... Preach My Gospel. Haha. Hermana Sanchez thinks its because I am going to train next transfer! That would be exciting, but it would be awesome to stay with Hna Sanchez one more transfer and really see the differences we can make here in the area.
We were in Relief Society yesterday and Hermana Q was teaching the lesson. It was on The Cost and Blessings of Discipleship by Elder Holland. She focused it in us, as missionaries. The phrase ¨Vale la pena¨ means worth it, and is one of my favorite phrases and so it was fun to hear the quote that you sent me a while back where in it, he says And therein lies a message for every young man and young woman in this Church. You may wonder if it is worth it to take a courageous moral stand in high school or to go on a mission only to have your most cherished beliefs reviled or to strive against much in society that sometimes ridicules a life of religious devotion. Yes, it is worth it, because the alternative is to have our “houses” left unto us “desolate”—desolate individuals, desolate families, desolate neighborhoods, and desolate nations and hear it said with my favorite phrase. I raised my hand and commented that you had sent me that quote in one of the letters you sent me, and that I could testify that it is completely true. It is incredibly hard to be a missionary, to have your beliefs rejected in your face over and over again. But it is worth it because A) I get to feel a little what the Savior went through when the people rejected him and B) because when we find that one person that needs to hear our message or when the people recognize the love that Christ has for them, it is completely VALE LA PENA.
Well then it was so cool because one of the hermanas raised her hand and said, I testify that your work is vale la pena because you came and helped my family through a really hard time (she is menos activa), and then another hermana raised her hand and said it is vale la pena because you came at the exact right time that I needed you yesterday (another menos activa) and I just felt so blessed because the best feeling in the world is the peace that comes from doing the things that the Lord wants you to do. Watching His hands guide your life. I LOVE it.
Thank you for your prayers. I know miracles are happening!
I only have 1000 pictures remaining on my camera, and then I´ll send my SIM card home so you can see all my pictures. haha.
Love you so so so much.
Y´all are the best!
I love my life! I love YOU!
Have a great week!