6 weeks to go and I've got measles! WAHOO.Well this week a lady told me "You remind me of Santa because you have a sweet face." So it's been a super great week to say the least.
This week I've learned this...
"Faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." - Ether 12:6
I am grateful that things haven't come very easily in my mission. I am grateful for the Lord teaching me how to rely on Him. I am grateful for Him teaching me just how badly I must trust in Him and His plan for me.
We've been blessed to see the area progress this week. Not even in any big huge way, but in little ways that really add up and become the great things. The work is working. It's not easy, but it's SO WORTH IT.
This week we were able to set a baptismal goal date with one of our golden families that were becoming "eternal investigators." They've been taught for almost a year now, but haven't accepted a baptismal goal date until now. We have been focusing on this family, and have seen their progression as they've really committed to give up all their vices and to simply trust in the Lord. This is a family that is struggling to provide food for their family every day and have struggled to really trust in the Lord because of their situation. But it just finally clicked for them. And oh, how happy of a moment it was! They are scheduled to be baptized on Feb 14th, Valentines Day!
This week we were also able to go on exchanges again. My companion was Sister Felipe who is a short term missionary here in Masbate. She is pretty shy, so I let her lead the area and wanted to show her that she could actually do it. She was so nervous but guess what? She totally could! She did such a great job and actually cried in our evaluation because she finally saw her progression as a missionary. It was such a happy moment and I was grateful to be able to work with her.
That day we were able to share again to Nanay Reynita, the one I told you all about on our last exchanges in their area. The lady that asked me about how to repent. Well we taught her, and she had totally given up all her vices and her desire to come back to church is so strong. It was such a happy moment to really see her progress. So like Alma says, "I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren."
Guys. I love missionary work. This week I was reading in Alma 24-30 and Alma is totally a stud. So is Ammon. I just love reading how much they joy in the Lord's work because that's totally how I feel all the time.
"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy." Alma 29:9
I love this work. I love these great people. I am so grateful for this short time that has been given me to give my all to this work. Life is good.