Hola! Que pasa!? (I say that to everyone and it's really not an authentic thing to say at all, but I love it...so yes:)
My mind is always blown at how fast these days and weeks go by!
Wow, not much time today, but I am going to try my best to fill you all in!
So last pday we went to the beach with our district and that was BEAUTIFUL!! And fun. And refreshing. Ah. Received a new appreciation for God's creations to say the least. Needless to say I am going to have a long "post-mission" to do list...BUT THAT'S NOT IMPORTANT right now!:) so moving on...
We had an awesome zone meeting this week in Arlington (about 30 minutes north of us)--all 20 some odd of us spanish missionaries. We learned a ton about praying with faith. At the end of the instruction, the zone leaders asked, "so who has the faith to find? who has faith that the Lord will guide you to those who need this message?" Of course, everyone stood up. Then they said, alright, now lets put that faith to work. They proceeded to switch everyone's companionship and assigned you to a place in the area and sent you off with the task to pray in faith and have the Lord take you to those who need this message. Let me just say, I nearly fell over and died. New companion. New area. 1 hour. I needed more than just faith, I needed a miracle!! And the Lord delivered. Wow. In just one hour we were able to be led to people (a few, not a mention we met 88% who chased us of their doorstep and called us to repentance) who needed the message. I wish I had time to write all the details, but sufficeth to say when we pray with faith and rely on the Lord, we will accomplish the task at hand. It really gave us confidence in our tracting this week! And especially gave me confidence for tomorrow (exchanges and I am staying in my area and I have an english sister coming...so I will be doing alllll the talking and teaching in Spanish--slightly unnerving, but I know the Lord will deliver!)
So our mission has a goal to contact 16 people a day (which requires A TON OF WORK) and it has given us a new enthusiasm and drive to find find find! We have met people from EVERYWHERE!!! Mongolia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Cambodia, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine..you name it, we met them. We have such a love for people we don't know...it's kinda weird, but you gotta love it!
Wow. As a missionary I have a new appreciation for church. For a billion reasons. But the peace has a new meaning. Missionary life is crazy and hectic, so when we get to come to church, it means the world to us. It's kinda funny. We sit in a row with all our investigators and recent converts...all men except one. It is so fun though, we really are just a big family! Sometimes we try to take the 10 minutes during the sacrament for ourselves as missionaries...but the reality is that even then it's not about us, we are always trying to help our investigators have a good experience. When it ceases to be about me, I know I'm doing the right thing:)
So I love to study the words of Elder Bednar and I was studying a talk called Ask in Faith (READ IT https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/04/ask-in-faith?lang=eng) and something he said that IS SO TRUE. He said:
Asking in faith requires honesty, effort, commitment, and persistence. Let meprovide an illustration of what I mean and extend to you an invitation.
We properly pray for the safety and success of the full-time missionariesthroughout the world. And a common element in many of our prayers is arequest that the missionaries will be led to individuals and families who areprepared to receive the message of the Restoration. But ultimately it is myresponsibility and your responsibility to find people for the missionaries toteach.
Missionaries are full-time teachers; you and I are full-time finders. Andyou and I as lifelong missionaries should not be praying for the full-timemissionaries to do our work!
If you and I would truly pray and ask in faith, as did Joseph Smith—if we wouldpray with the expectation to act and not just to express—then the work ofproclaiming the gospel would move forward in a remarkable way. Such aprayer of faith might include some of the following elements:
I love being a missionary. Sometimes for fun I look for something to complain about, but the truth is I can't find a thing. I am on the errand of the Lord. It doesn't get any better than this.
Go forth, serve, share, and find my friends!:)