3rd Companion: Hermana Aguire
2nd area: Linde - suburb of Cochabamba
The trials and tribulations we have in life are for our benefit
Hola Familia y Amigos,
Thank you thank you everyone who wrote me this week! I really say it a lot but I am soooo blessed for the family and friends that I have and all the love and support they give me. THANK YOU!!!!
BIRTHDAYS! Happy late bday Noah!! Happy bday one day late Aunt Loli! and Happy Birthday today Uncle Steven!! Love you guys!!
Mom, It sounds like you had a great time with the little girls and did LOTS of fun things hahal. I liked the list of all that you guys did!
Also I LOVED all the pics and the video. Thank you!!
Still no packages from Fed Ex, but I'm still not doubtin :)
So... we got out news of changes last night and.. we're both staying together here in Linde! (Mom- maybe the secretaries heard I was going to train and told Claudia that. Sometimes there are emergency changes right before President calls our leaders. So I'm not sure what happened with that.) But I'm pretty darn sure I will be training next change because this is Hne Aguirre's final change!
We had a pretty good week this week here in Linde. We made it up the hill again to visit Maria and her family. We brought a member from the ward who helps us out a lot because he speaks Quechua (Maria doesn't speak Spanish) (Oh and last week I said Esperanza is our ward mission leader but I meant to put ward missionary ;) ). So we went up and taught Maria and Richard, who was helping us, said afterward that she didn't even know about Jesus Christ because she had only been taught that there was a God. It's so crazy to find these people who don't even know that there is a loving savior who died for them. But it's so cool to be able to help them understand that. She said that she wanted to come to church and Hna Esperanza was going to go get here but we're not sure who happened because she didn't show up. So we'll be visiting her more and helping her and her family out the best we can.
Our investigator Gabriel is still progressing super well. We met with him once this past week and he has really taken our lessons seriously and he is in the repentance process. The best thing, is that he is doing it right. He had been worried this past week because there are a couple people he needs to talk to as part of his repentance and he said that one night, he prayed for strength. The next day, he was able to talk to one of his friends without any fear. It was so cool to listen to his experience and how he applied prayer in his life and could see the hand of the Lord working in him. He came to church again and is still staying strong so we're gunna keep chuggin along with him.
So from our English classes, Alejandra, who came because her friends invited her, came to church yesterday!! We were so excited that she could be able to come and she absolutely loved it. She loved Young Womens and says she wants to come next week. So our goal now is to contact her parents and see what progress we have with her family and pray that her parents will continue to let her progress.
It's been so cool being able to see every miracle that the Lord has given us in our area. Sometimes we may think that the Lord isn't helping us, but if we really search each and every day, we will find that He IS here and He IS directing his work and performing miracles.
Last night there was another farewell in our ward which was super good and the spirit was so strong. We now have like 12 missionaries in our ward! The work is hastening on! :) Presidente Teràn (stake president's counselor)(also who we live with) spoke and had some great things to say:
He talked about how as missionaries, when it rains, we don't quite have the option to stay indoors and wait out the storm. We just have to grab our umbrellas, put on our raincoats and rain boots, and get out there in the storm to preach the gospel.
Well, as sons and daughters of God, we have many trials and storms in out life. Sometimes the rain passes by in a couple minutes. Sometimes it doesn't want to leave for a while. But like missionaries, we should not sit and wait out the storm only to get out when the weather is nice. We need to fight and withstand the storms of life. We need to grab our umbrellas, put on our raincoats and rain boots and get out there to finish what we were sent here to do. When the Jaredites left in their barges, the journey wasn't sunny and smooth. They were buried under water and tossed and turned by the wind for more than 300 days. But that very wind that they were tossed and turned by got them to the promised land. The Jaredites then cried and gave thanks to the Lord for the blessings He had given them.
Our life here is very short, and God puts trials and storms in our life so that we can learn and progress. If we choose to avoid the opportunity to progress, what are we saying to our Heavenly Father? Sometimes it's hard at first to realize that the trials and tribulations we have in life are for our benefit. But in the end, we can see that the wind and the rain that was sent to us is what is helping us get closer to the "promised land". Those trials are what are helping us become more like our father in heaven so that we can finally live with Him again. When Joseph Smith was in jail, the Lord comforted his pains by saying that his pains and afflictions will only be but a small moment. Trust in the Lord, and that is when we beat our trials and come out conquerors.
I love this gospel with all my heart. I love the Lord and his son Jesus Christ, and I can feel their love for me every time I think of my family, and friends and of all the wonderful blessings and trials they have given me. This gospel is true. It's what makes this life enjoyable and possible to endure. Trust in the Lord, he is there for you.
Once again, thank you everyone for everything. I love each and every one of you and I thank the Lord every day for everyone he has put in my life :) Take care this week everyone!!
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