Sí pues vamos a conversar esta navidad! We have everything planned out
to use a computer in the home of a miembro. There are 4 hermanas that
will be having Christmas dinner with this family so I am not entirely sure
what time...but if possible probably Christmas day is the best for me...if not..
let me know and I will work on something else. But if you assign me a time
I can work with that too;) SOOOOO excited to see your beautiful faces in Skype.
This week was the last week of the cambio. It is a time to reflect on what went well this cambia
and what we need to work on the next cambio. I love that in the mission we are always reevaluated
our progress and goals. There is always something we can work on.
I am staying in my sector. I will be a hermana trainer again..and my comp nueva is a very
cute hermanita se llama Hna Henry. The first time I will have to have a compañera gringita
en el campo. She is from California and I am sooo excited to serve with her. We have a lot
to do in this sector. Vivaceta es la máximo. We have tons of support from the ward which has
been a great blessing.
One thing that I have been thinking a lot about is the many ways we do missionary work.
For example this last cambio, nobody was baptized in our ward. It would be easy to think
that this was a ¨failure¨but what I have learned is there are many ways to have success in a
cambio. And furthermore it is not our success but it is the spirit. Our job is to remain
worthy to have the companionship of the spirit, and in the end people have the opportunity to decide.
A couple experiences from this week.
We contacted a lady in the street who said she is atea...atheist. We asked her if she had
something happen in her life that basically shook her faith. She responded that there were
a lot of reasons..but we could pass by her house one day and maybe she would be there.
So of course we went. A miracle happened and she came out of her house and talked with us.
She told us about her experiences with missionaries, with churches, with God. It was super
interesting to listen to her. One thing that happened with missionaries in the past she said was
that the missionaries just talked and did not listen to her. And as soon as the missionaries
stopped talking they tried to push her to commit (missionaries from lots of different churches).
I learned a lot about the importance of being a good listener. Often it is more easy to enter
a home, give a spiritual lesson, and to leave, and then expect changes. But each person is
different, and at times we just need to listen.
I have been thinking a lot about this because in the mission I have had the opportunity to meet
a lot of people in really poor conditions-physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Sometimes in my
mind..I am wanting to teach a family ¨without¨any huge problems. That would not have to give up
addictions, etc. to progress in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I read a talk in the Liahona this week
where Elder Uchdorf stated that if Christ was living in the earth again He would be found amoung
the meek, humble, and poor in heart. This was a answer to my prayers that it is not up to me to decide
who would best fit to progress in the gospel of Christ, but I need to seek out those who need this
message of hope, love, and purpose.
I know that lives change when we accept the Atonement of Christ more into our lives. We accept that
we are not perfect, that we need help, and that even when we try with all our might to do what is right
we can confide in Christ to make up the difference.
Christ was born in lowly circumstances. Lived a humble life. And in the end of His mortal life,
He was still focused in the needs of others. I know Christ lived and lives. That He already suffered
for all that I will do in this life. And that this gift, the greatest gift of this season, is the mercy He offers
us to return with Him to live with our Heavenly Father.
I love you guys so much