Spain Madrid Mission
March 15, 2016- October 17, 2017
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Monday, July 25, 2016
Who would diet when you could eat chocolate?
Seriously though. The food here is too good. But hey! We have lots of hill I walk up and down all day everyday so I work it off. This week was too full to be a week, it was so long it feels like a
month but so fast that it feels like just a few days. Last week for preparation day Hermana Davis and I just relaxed and did a bit of shopping. I love Hermana Davis! Oh words just cannot express how grateful I am for her! I feel like, with her, I've finally been able to get to the point where I can do the work and still be completely myself, if that makes any sense. "It may be a gradual work, but it doesn’t have to be a cheerless one. " President Uchtdorff
Hermana Davis helps me see that, she gives me more faith and more "animo" to work harder and be smarter. Here is a cute picture of us being happy (:
This week we had a FHE with a cute new family in our Rama. The father Quin just got back from a business trip in Utah and duhduhduhda, of course the awesome missionaries there hoped on that train and lead him to the waters of baptism. He is still so full of fire and just wants so badly for his family to believe and to be baptized as well. His wife is adorable, she and their two kids came to church the week before last. Quin actually works for the same company as the Rama Secretary and The Elders Quorum President and they have another work friend who is starting to take the discussions. So we decided to have the FHE all together.
It was a lot. In total, there was the recent convert, an atheist investigator, a devote Catholic, with a member couple and four kids, one of which threw up half way through the lesson. Using our own minds and thoughts we just assumed that The Plan of Salvation would be the right thing to teach. The Sunday before, they talked about temples in Relief Society and Quins wife had a lot of questions, also, the new investigator had only received the first lesson of the Restoration so yeah, lesson number 2 or Plan of salvation was logically what we should share.
But after all was said and done, I don't think that was the right choice. We didn't even think to ask God if that would be the right lesson, just relying on our own knowledge and our own strength. Trying to teach that many people all at once was too much. I prayed later and believe we should have taught something more simple and basic. Something everyone could contribute, like faith. The recent convert just wanted so badly for his friend and his family to accept the gospel he tried to explain it logically and in a way was kind of shoving it down their throats. During the lesson I felt almost hopeless as I tried to bring it all back to order as the men were explaining loudly why the gospel just logically made sense but I promise you that no matter how big your mistake or how far from perfect we all are, God loves us and he will help us. I prayed to know how to end the lesson on a good note so that everyone could learn something and bring the spirit back.
The spirit prompted me to share Moroni's promise in Moroni 10:3-5. It didn't necessarily fix the lesson completely but it was enough to bring the spirit and enough to help the lesson end in peace and for them to recognize that we were all only there out of love.
I'm grateful for the opportunity I've had thus far to learn and to grow. I'm grateful for forgiveness and although I probably won't see this family for a while (they're on vacation right now) that If I teach them the Saviors way, with love and a true desire to help them, that God will give them another opportunity to learn more and to open their hearts.
In time I hope to be able to add my prayer to Nephi's,
2Nephi4:34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
35 Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, just remember that God knows best. He's our father. He loves you and wants to help you so you can have the happiness and joy he has prepared for you.
Alma 37:36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
I'm so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve the Lord with all of my heart. I'm so grateful for my family and all the rest of you who have helped me to become who I am today so that I can be the best missionary I can be. Life doesn't always go the way you want it, but I leave you a promise in the words of our beloved prophet that, "As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day--whether to make this choice or that choice--if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice."
I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week! Thanks for reading!
P.S. This is my favorite book, in English and Spanish, you should read it too (: