RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME
This last week we studied planning a lot. How to make a good plan. How to set a good goal and how to make it happen. We watched some training videos on our tempermental (and ancient) dvd player and Richard G Scott said some inspiring words on how if we can come up with a solid plan and take it to the Lord and ask for His help, just about anything is possible.
So we gave it a try. We made a really awesome plan to find prepared and chosen people. We kneeled down and we prayed a fervent and powerful prayer. We told God the plan and then we got up off our knees and made it happen. We contacted every breathing thing in our path and we found 2 solid new people.
The first was a reference from a contact that didn't want anything to do with us. We taught her a really great lesson. Something that stood out to me was her answer to a common question I like to ask people.
So as missionaries our job is to teach to the peoples needs. It's not just a list of doctrine we've come to throw in their face but we're really here to heal and change eternities so we ask questions in order to help know what it is that this person needs to hear. So we asked the common question, "what is your greatest desire/biggest goal in life?"
Most people say, graduate from high school, or get a good job, or be happy or other obvious/common things. This girl's answer was different and surprised us. She responded "live with God someday." Wow. Thats not something you hear everyday. We were able to help her see that as representatives of Jesus Christ we can help her get to know Him and that He is the way to make it back to God. She was pretty pumped about that.
The second woman we found we contacted in a whole of 5 seconds or less. We were late for an appointment, but I had made a commitment to talk to everyone in our path so we told her who we were and what we do and asked if we could come by another day. She looked surprised but said sure!
She told us she lived close by on a hill next to a big tree. I scribbled that down and off we went! Later that day an appointment fell through and we found ourselves near a hill with a GIANT tree at the top. Then I remembered the random person we talked to for 5 seconds and off we went. And sure enough, below the giant tree was a house and inside that house was the woman we contacted.
As we got to know her a little better she confessed that as she was walking along that morning she had been praying in her head and asking God for help and direction. In the middle of that silent prayer we showed up. Pure luck? Fate? Nope. Prayers answered. Two prayers answered at once. Right place, right time and all thanks to HIM.
This last week we stopped by to see the family of deaf/mute people. It was an interesting mix of three languages. English, Spanish, and Spanish sign language. I was surprised at how fast I was able to learn and apply the signs. Whatever signs I didn't know I made up, and my facial expressions also helped. By the end of the lesson we were all laughing. It was a great time. Maybe I'll pick up sign language when I get home too. Three languages would be nice.
Our bishop shared a quote in sacrament meeting yesterday that really hit me hard. I loved that. Times are rough. God needs strong women on his side. Proud to be one of them. He has made me a lot stronger in these last 16 months. I'm not who I was. I'm better. Stronger.
Yes I still talk too much and like to take advantage of a good photo opportunity. Yes I still have fears and hopes and dreams. Yes I have bad days and sometimes a bad attitude. I make mistakes. But thanks to HIM, It's ok. My best is enough. And yours is too. So give yourself a pat on the back. Right now. And congratulate yourself on all that you are doing right!
God loves you right now and forever. You are one of his army too. A little black piece of plastic isn't what makes you a missionary. Opening your mouth and proclaiming glad tidings does. So give it a go. Share the message and be a part of the army. It's hard, but it sure is fun too. So cmon! What are you waiting for?
"Many young women are serving missions. Many are preparing to serve. Not because they aren't married or have nothing to do, but because they have a desire to serve and are therefore called to the work. The reason so many are going is because in the next generation, Heavenly Father will be sending His priesthood army to earth and wants to send them to mothers who have been properly trained and taught in the gospel. What better training can a young woman have than a mission?"
We had a really great lesson with a golden family we've been teaching. They are really excited about their baptism but have been having a lot of road blocks and obstacles. Satan knows how powerful they can be and he does NOT want them on Gods side.
We went over to try and get their animo back up. The lesson was powerful. So much LOVE and concern. The love was almost tangible. You could've picked it out of the air and put it in bags to sell. We love them a lot and we expressed that love. They felt it. We felt it. Angels were there.
We are not alone in our trails. Not one of us. Whether you believe in God or no - he is there. Loving and teaching and helping. Even when we're too busy with our lives to notice. He loves us. I just know it. And because he loves us, he lets us go through hard times. I am thankful for my trails and I tell him so everyday. Try thanking Him for the hard stuff in your prayers today. It helps.
*I've always been a hat person
*Our fan club - we love the book of mormon
*blood blister - it doesn't hurt. We just found it the other day. Who knows how long its been there!
*we washed clothes at our neighbors house and she took some pics of us. Thought you would appreciate!