I am first of all so happy to know that my Mom and Dad and sista are home safely and that yall had so much fun!!!! Wow that sounded like quite the trip!!! I have been there right? Because that place looked way familiar with all those pyramid things. Also I am super jealous because it sounded like the bomb diggity but then I am also having fun here! AHHH and the pictures are so great! Except I didn't get a single picture of mom so I am mad! Maybe I will stop sending pictures if I don't get one of mom soon. Keep that in mind.
This last week was crazy! It was a bit on the stressful side, but we also had many opportunities and I had several more life lessons. I love the mission because I don't think a day passes by with out me learning something. One thing that was particularly difficult this week was a family is having a hard time in the ward. The mother has always been on the line of less active and so we have been visiting her and doing service with her a bit each week. Something this week went down with another ward member and her and she decided that her family no longer wanted contact with the ward or the church. Sister Adame and I, in the meantime, had no idea what was going on and stopped by. We could tell something was up but she didn't say anything. A couple days later we had a prompting to stop by to see her again. Right away we went over and shared with her a scripture to remind her of how much her Heavenly Father loved her. The spirit was so strong and she opened up so much more than I have ever seen! She also came to church on Sunday despite all the drama. It truly was so amazing! Heavenly Father loves her so much! He cares so much for her! And He knew she needed a reminder right then and there! I am so grateful to be helping Heavenly Father in His work! Seeing these miracles never gets old!
Another little miracle that happened this week was with the Eging family. I wonder if they will see this on the blog. If so, Hi Egings! We have been focusing on member missionary work with them and we had been talked to them about the blessings of sharing the gospel with their friends. After seeing them the last week sister Adame and I specifically prayed for them to be blessed with opportunities to share the gospel. While I was saying this prayer I said something really funny that I had never said before. I asked Heavenly Father to "throw" opportunities at them". After my prayer I said to Sister Adame, "Wow that sounded way more violent then I was intending!" Then this week when we saw them ,Sister Eging said that at work she had been flooded with people asking her questions about our faith. Sister Adame and I were smiling ear to ear when they told us this. I know Heavenly Father loves us so much and that He really does listen to each and every one of our prayers, no matter how ridiculous we may sound! It was so simple but something that really stuck to me.
I feel like as I pray, read the scriptures, and teach, that I get to know my Heavenly Father a little better each day. Like in this last case, I think He kinda has a sense of humor :) When teaching people, it's common for them to think of God as someone scary and strict, but they neglect to see how He is SO merciful and loving. As you read the scriptures you hear it over and over again. That the people are sooooo wicked, yet Heavenly Father still always gives them another chance. He always gives everyone another chance! I have been noticing so much the word "mercy" and all the different forms of it in the scriptures. It's everywhere! I am so grateful for my merciful Heavenly Father and to know He loves me and listening to me. I am so grateful to be serving a mission. I am so grateful for my wonderful family and I wouldn't be where I am without my "goodly parents". Y'all are the best!!!!!
With so much LOVE,