´´The purpose of faith is not to change God’s will but to empower us to act on God’s will. Faith is trust—trust that God sees what we cannot and that He knows what we do not. Sometimes, trusting our own vision and judgment is not enough. …
Faith means that we trust not only in God’s wisdom but that we trust also in His love. It means trusting that God loves us perfectly, that everything He does—every blessing He gives and every blessing He, for a time, withholds—is for our eternal happiness.
With this kind of faith, though we may not understand why certain things happen or why certain prayers go unanswered, we can know that in the end everything will make sense. … (From Conference, Dieter F. Uchtdorf´s talk)
Saturday was such a great day! We got to go to the mission home and spend all day with all the Hermanas in Cochabamba and President and his cute wife. We learned how to make orange rolls and self defense (that was super fun) and then we had a how to control stress seminar and the cute sister training leaders gave us these cards with different emotions and scriptures that help and a beautiful book mark that says my soul delights in the scriptures. I love going to the mission home because not only do we get spiritually fed but we get ice cream!!
Watching the conference was amazing!! I loved each talk, if you haven't watched it please do so. Every message was so powerful and I felt so many questions being answered for my companion and I. I had a lot of questions regarding faith and Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave such a beautiful talk on faith that had to do with missionary work too. This week was probably the hardest week that I have had in the mission but watching the conference was my tender mercy and I felt Gods love overwhelm me. I am learning here in this area to have patience
I love this quote I found in my studies this week: ´´We´ll all be required to wait for things in our lives even at times the most righteous desires of our hearts´´
Soo this week was my first one in my new area that is in the city! The view from my house is pretty. Hna Silva my new mom is super cool and sweet. Shes really funny too shes from Ecuador Guayaqil! Super cool she says ''mande'' also!
The area is harder though because not only is it bigger but steeper and people are not as nice. They dont always want to meet with us but we have faith that if we do our 10 contacts each day God will trust in us and we will find new people to teach. We already found some people this week! Our 3 investigators live with our new pensionista who is peruvian and cooks the best food I have eaten here in Bolivia but I think Im going to gain weight haha oh well
Their names are Amells Jhana and Cristian they are all 17 and are studying medicine at the universidad. Hmm what else This pday we had a day at the mission home and we had burgers and played games it was cool but before that we played beach volley and that was super fun. I am learning a lot of patience here in this new area and I think I really am becoming more comfortable contacting and teaching so that makes me really happy. This wed we go to the temple and I will see my mami Hna Braathen and twin Hna Lopez and then next Sat we get to go to a baptism in Villa Graciela my ex investigators Camila and Jhilmar are getting baptized!! and then at 3 we get to go to the mission home to watch the conference with all the Hermanas in Cocha.!! It will be a great week
I hope you all have a fun and productive week!
Love you all
''What we Desire is what we become''
I have come to love my area so much and my companions too but cambios came and we got the call that I am leaving to Colon in Cochabamba in Zona Universidad to finish my training with Hermana Silva, its closer to the temple so Im excited but ah I cried so much last night because I really wanted to stay together and we have so many progressing people here but I know God has a plan for us. I know Ill come to love my new companion too and my new area. I know it will help me grow and become the kind of missionary I want to be.
I love the mission more and more each day because every morning that we study I feel my Saviors love and my desire to be obedient grows and as I strive to serve with all my heart, might, mind, and strength I can see the miracles each day.
Last night was my last miracle here in Villa Graciela. Ronnie and his Family are the best ever and last night as we taught Ronnie and his daughter Valeria who's 13 we were halfway through the 3rd lesson when she says ''Yo quiero bautizarme'' I want to get baptized!!! I was like what?? :0 I probably stared at her for a few seconds then I said ''de verdad'' really? haha we explained more about the Holy Ghost and what she needs to do to be baptized. To me its a miracle because her dad had told us she was the hardest to talk to because she didnt believe or something like that and this was the first time we talked to her. I am so grateful for them and excited for their baptisms.
''the only way to save ourselves is to let someone rescue you, its selfish to not use the atonement'' I have learned so much about Christs atonement and hope to learn more. Christ tells us ''let me make you all that you can be'' We cant do it alone, to become our best we need him. I am working on giving up my heart and mind to his work. Its really hard but I know that with time and prayer he's going to help me.
I love you all, Take care and stay strong. and remember that Jesus and Heavenly Father that created the stars and the ocean and universe know your name and love you. The way to feel that is by praying talking to him.
Pictures: Yummy Peanut soup! Ronnie and his kids!! (theyre the coolest)
''But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.'' 1Corinthians 2:9
I dont even know where to start!
This week has been blessed. We had 8 people at church and we finally met all of our weekly goals! I love how God is teaching me so much each day and how I am gaining a testimony of obedience and prayer. I have learned that specific prayers bring specific answers. and when we are obedient we see miracles.
Ronnie is really a miracle he is a less active of 30 years but he is now ready to come back and his desires to learn and serve are amazing. He lets us teach his teenage kids Alejandro wants to know if God is real and if the message we teach is real and he is willing to pray and he understands he needs to have faith. People amaze me because they are just so ready to learn. God really does prepare his children. Of course there is always those who straight out say '' I dont talk to missionaries'' and worse things but its ok because what we as missiionaries go through is nothing compared to what our Savior did.
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
I have come to understand also that we dont need to know all things. Sometimes people ask me how do you know you know ... I just do. Its a personal thing its something I have come to feel. 1 Nephi 11:17 ''I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless I do not know the meaning of all things''
''Testify of what you know to be true or hope to be true. There may be more power in your testimony than you realize.'' I learned this from a talk by Elder Holland haha
These are some pictures of my district I love that we are all laughing haha ah such goofs and then a ''cool'' picture we tried to do while contacting and so here 3 times a yaer they do a ''dia del peaton'' or pedestrian day so no one uses cars everyone walks!! I mean its like dia de peaton for us everyday but anyway everyone was so happy and then we saw sheep walking down the street!! WE tried to pick one up to hold it above our shoulders but that didnt work out haha
I love the graffity here not that I encourage it or anything its just all about love.
I love you all!! Take care and stay Strong!