I am so happy to hear from each of you, and to see how many blessings all of you are receiving. Sigan adelante yah!
I am really excited to have a scripture of enfoque with you guys each week, my scripture for this next week is 1 Timothy 4:12. I will let you know how my studies of Moroni 7 go. This last week my scripture was 2 Nefi 31:20....I am focusing on the idea of hope this cambio..love it!
This week...was a long one. My comp was sick for this week, but she fought the good fight, and we were able to still be out and about. But bless her heart, we were in a lesson with a man named M for the first time. And suddenly my comp got super pale and asked to use the bathroom, and barely made it to the toilet before exploding. We decided sí o sí this man is going to be baptized, because he is still visiting with the missionaries.
Some of the memories (spiritual and funny) of this last week:
-Teaching a young teenage girl in the street about the plan of salvation with the figurines that Hna Henry has. The spirit was strong as this burdened girl could think of the message and the love of God.
-A investigadora named M A yelling....[DUUUUFFFFYYYY[ because we had passed by her house. We were going to have an appointment with her but she wasn't there..but she ended up seeing us from her car when she was pulling up. …One of those moments where you had to be there.
-Our [friends in the flower shop...I dont even know how to put it into words.
-Hna H and I tried to speak in English while we were in the house to see how it would go….(Yes mom you will need to teach me how to talk again;) How did it go with Caden??
This week I learned a great lesson about the Atonement of my friend and Salvador Jesus Christ. I had an experience where I realized that I still had a weakness that I thought I had defeated here in the mission. It surprised me, and I became very frustrated to think that this change was not flawless. I began doubting myself and the changes and the progress that Heavenly Father has helped me make while in the mission. I began to blame myself for this weakness again. And it honestly threw me for a loop. I read a talk by Elder Kopishchke called..Being Accepted of the Lord. From this talk I learned that I was making the love of God and Christ conditional. I was thinking that they only were pleased or loved me when I was doing the right. I know they love the sinner but not the sin...but I had not thought to apply this knowledge to myself. I know even when I mess up, Christ is at my side with a smile to help me up. I cannot deny the changes I have felt here in the mission, but this does not mean that the fight is done. Satan knows how to attack us where it hurts the most, but God does not want us to live in despair, only focusing on our errors. I cannot say I know everything about the Atonement, but I know that yo Hermana Duffy, am nothing without Him in my life. I am a spiritual daughter of God in this foreign land..the earth..to learn from my mistakes (which Christ already paid for). Through the Grace of God, I am not paying back the debt of Christ (that would be impossible), rather I am trying to accept Him, CONFIDE in Him, and live His rules, and to live my best to show Him my love.
Focus in the things you know. Focus in your strengths and divine talents. We are literally in a spiritual battle. Be humble enough to accept the Atonement in your life. Christ does not ask us to be perfect without Him, He asks us to allow Him to help us.
Love the gospel, Love the church, Love you guys!
Make it a great week.
Pray to know the will of God. One thing you can change to help you in your personal progress. Always put yourself in places where the Spirit can go with you.