Well the week of progress has come! The last week we finally had some progress come along! We are trying to focus on helping less active members come back to church and helping the ward help those who are iniactive come back to church, because as we know it does help to baptise people then 2 months later they dont want to go to church. So we have been looking at the lists and there are 450 members that are coming to church so our work is defineately cut out for us! On Sunday we had 8 of less avtice members at church, so a little progress is very welcome!
The week went by super fast and I just dont understand the concept of time? I thought it was tuesday until my companion told me that it was friday.... As far as my compnion we are still getting along quite well. For those who arent getting along with their companions.. a little secret... change yourself before looking to change them, something that we all learn!
Speaking of less actives, we were teaching a younger girl that was baptized about a year a go and she had stopped going to church. Turns out she had been left after being baptized and no one helped her or visited her. So when she had qeuestions about things of the church, she didnt nkow where to go. A friend showed up from a different church and ansered her questions with the things from what she knew... needless to say there was some other members from the other church that showed up and well after talking, apostasy is very apparent there. Poor girl has roped into lies after being left.... Kinda sad. We all have the need to be fed the word, the true word. When members are baptized or are less avtice they can be fed many things, many of the which are not true. I have thought here in the mission that visitnng those who are less active may be more laborsome than helping someone that wants to investigate the church for the first time, but its not like that at all. With a simple inviatiion they will respond with postive answers. i am going to attach a talk that I found that I invite you all to read. It talks about how we as members can help the less active, although it is from the 1980s it still applies to our day!
Copy and paste! I wish you all a great week and would love to hear your expirences with "Strengthening the less active" :) I love you all!
What a week! I have had so many things change in what I believe and how the Lord truly does bless us. Yesterday we had a lesson with a returned missionary who had come home, married and didnt get sealed and is now in active.. choices matter. I was sitting there looking at him yesterday while he talked and looking into his eyes I felt that I had been sent there for a reason, that Our Heavenly Father had sent ME there. I felt his pain and the saddness that he had felt for so many years outside of the church, and a strong desire to help him and his family. It wasnt just the fact the I wanted to Complete a goal, but rather that I needed to help him and all others here complete the goal of a temple marriage. That was a game changer for me.
We were in the church earlier that day and a sister came up to us and asked for a blessing becasue she was having some trouble with her health. After the blessing I asked her if there was anything else that we could do for her, she asked us if we could talk about what had been going on in life. Return missionary that had married outside of the temple, made some mistakes and now has two daughters that are in college she is a single mother working trying to support both of them. Choices matter. She has now had a bllod vessel turn sideways and is twisting in her ear, which could kill her. The stress had been getting to her and she was struggling to live daily life.
We all have trials in life but it truly matters the choices we make. We are here to prepare ourselves to compare with Our Heavenly Father, the progress that we have made here on Earth. I stress the importance of planning an well placement with goals, because the desions that we make dont on affect this life but also the next. I hope that you all have a great week and know that I love you all!
So sorry that it has been so long to get an update done We've been super busy the past two weeks... so to give you a bit of an idea of whats been going on, I have been transferred about two weeks ago! Im in a new sector called New Miracle 1 ha and well its great! :) Its pretty much a 3rd world country, the roads are all dirt roads, the house are super tiny made of bamboo. Theres not much of anything. Here in Milagro they grow a ton of coffee and theres a huge coffee plant that produces the coffee. Also there are a bunch of plantation of banana, pineapple. They produce a bunch of stuff here!
Im with Elder Rivas from Guatemala, he super humble and a nice kid. His parents aren't members and hes is the first missionary in his family, cool to see him out here with the situation that is going on at home. We get along really well, and just like the last companion spend most of the day laughing and smiling. The work here is a little different. The sector is quite poor so the people tend to drowned there sorrows in the bottle when ever they get paid. We have been doing a ton of contacting and have found some really great people, and its easy and wonderful to see those who have been prepared. We are excited to help those who are prepared here.
Last week we went to an island in Guayaquil, which was way fun. There was a buch of plants and animals. At the end the have a crocodile reserve so it was real fun to see and hang out there! I think that I am more than at the point where it will be sad to come home... I love this people and this country.
This past week we have been working with a bunch of families to get them to church, we have taught them and they have said over and over again that they want to changed and they want to come to church. So yesterday we go and to get them and the dad is drunk.. How mad was I? I was lit! I come to this foreigner country, leave my family that I love so dearly, leave a girl that I love and would give my life for, leave best friends, studies, language that I understood and the list goes on and on. For what? To come for this? Try to help people receive something that they themselves don't even want? I Think that I care about them sometimes more than they themselves do. But then it hit me real hard. How hard it is for Our Heavenly Father and Our Savior. He dies for us, and people don't want that? I cant even imagine. So when I thought about it, what im doing doesn't even compare to what they felt and what they feel. Its a honor to be here and be a missionary in these times. My heart hurts for those that don't want to open up there hearts and understand the wonderful plan that Our Heavenly Father has for us.
But on the other side, there are many who are being prepared and want to hear about this message we just have to find them! Something that I loved about conference was the focus that was put on member and missionary work. The Lord has commanded us to all work together, so always remember that there are opportunities for us to participate and to share the Gospel. How thankful I am to be a member of this church and share the Gospel!