Well the time has come. My Christmas in the mission has arrived and I´m so excited! I realize that I have been so blessed to be here as a missionary, proclaiming the true meaning of Christmas! This week has been such a great week of ups and downs, like every week on the mish, but as I knelt in prayer this morning, I thought to myself, “This is the most amazing experience, to really dedicate my whole self to bringing to pass God´s plan.”
Well it´s been another great week and it´s getting kind of hot! So you know how I feel about that. We were talking to a hermana and she told us we´re gonna look like walking milanesas (milanesa is a dish consisting of thin slices of veal, beef or chicken which have been dipped into an egg wash, coated with breadcrumbs) during summer, because the wind picks up the dirt which will stick to our sweaty skin. How cute huh!?
This week Hermana Winters and I have been trying to focus on realizing how much the Lord directs our path! Sometimes we get so frustrated when we have 4 scheduled appointments that all fall through, but at the end of the day we see where our feet have traveled and how many people we were supposed to see that were not in our carefully planned day. haha! One instance was when I left our phones in the cyber when we went to get photocopies of our weekly register of investigators. We had to go all the way back to the cyber to get them back. However, just when we left the cyber we saw one of our investigators and we were able to help her out. But that made us late to another appointment we had, and the neighbors said they had just left… we left disappointed having exhausted all of our plans. We decided to try to contact some references that we had not been able to contact yet. And well they we´re both home and we got return appointments with them both. It´s kind of crazy how God works. Right? We plan with faith, we are obedient with faith, and he just takes care of the rest. He really is directing our paths to those who truly need us. (this may sound like a really dumb story but I liked it! ha!)
We have a very old couple that we recently put on date this week! They always attend church and are super awesome. We taught the first lesson to them again and put them on date to be baptized. They were super excited. I then asked them about their wedding, of which does not exist. haha. Turns out that they can´t get married because if they do, she will lose all benefits of her diseased husband´s life insurance and they will be left with nothing. Talk about a downer! Well we went back and taught about the law of chastity and I shared I Nephi 3:7 with them. We challenged them to pray with faith that they would encounter a way that they can get married. We too are going to ask some government officials if there are any benefits for old retired couples who get married. I know that if they have faith sufficient, the Lord will provide a way for them to keep the commandments. And he has already blessed them so much for their faith. I can´t imagine what is awaiting them.
Since ALL of our investigators need to get married. I have been studying obedience and I came across a scripture in D&C 130:20-21. Which says, that it´s a law in heaven that all blessings come from obedience to the commandments. The Lord HAS to bless us if we are obedient. It´s not by chance that those who do the Lord´s will are happy. It´s fulfillment of the law by which our Heavenly Father lives. Pretty cool!!
That´s all for this week. More to come about the Peeps here in Caleta Olivia.
…..it´s really hot. 🙂
Love you!!!!! Merry Christmas!
I´m now in a new area south of Comodoro called Caleta Olivia. It´s very windy. haha. And hey guess what? I´m now finishing my new companion´s training as Senior Companion. We´re both gringas and we both have faith that the gift of tongues is going to pull us through. I was so surprised when the transfer news came in. I guess the Lord´s will isn´t always what we think!