Me and my Hijas (Hna Manner with the coat was my first but i only finished her training) (Hna O´Keeffe is my full hija and my second)
Hola familia y amigos,
This last week has been amazing! Copied in grey is my letter to President. This week has been another amazing week. The Lord is truly blessing me. I can feel His love and support and we have seen so many MIRACLES this week.
First things first, the Boliver family, Roger and Maria are getting baptized this friday at 8pm. We are so excited for them. They have been through so much in trying to get married. But through it all, I can see that these trials have really tested their faith and helped them grow. They have such strong testimonies of this gospel. I know they are prepared and ready for baptism. They are on their way to an eternal family!
Before Roger had his baptismal interview we had the chance to just talk with him about everything. The way he talked about the trials they have faced and the importance of faith and just the change they have had over the 2-3 years they have been investigating was an experience i will never forget. It really reminded me why i am here. Here is someone that really understands the gospel, because he has seen it work in his life, he has seen the changes and the blessings that come from the gospel! He is converted!
Also, we had a miracle contact this week. We got on a bus and this girl sitting in the front stopped me and, pointing at the book in my hand asked if it was a Libro de Mormon. I told her it was and she asked if we had more or an extra. I quickly gave her the one I had and told her she could keep it. The excitement on her face was unreal.
Wondering who this incredible person was, we began talking to her. She told us that she has read many religious books like the Bilbe and the Quran. She said she was missing the Book of Mormon. We got her information and are going to start teaching her this week. We already have someone who is commited to reading the Book of Mormon! As we gave it to her she also told us with emotion in her voice that she had heard about the Book of Mormon but never held one physically in her hands. The way she looked at the Book of Mormon was priceless.
People here are very sad to see me go. We will be eating a lot this week, because some people have offered to feed me my last week. The people here are incredible. I have also recieved a few offers to move in, and a few threats of kidnap. They tell me that way i won´t have to go back. I´ve almost taken someone up on the offer. Our relief society president, from Mexico, is going to feed me something Mexican!
Speaking of food, the Bolivers continue to feed us weird things. I cannot remember where I left off on my list of weird things she has cooked but I have now also had rabbit (it´s DELICIOUS!!!) and fish head soup.
That one was last night, and not as delicious. The fish was good, but eating around the bones and scales was a bit messy. The worst part was the eyeball. I just swallowed it whole! and washed it down with broth. I felt a bit sick after that one. It was not BAD, but i wouldn´t want to do it again.
I know this church is true and I am excited to make this last week the best of my mission. I am going to work harder than I have ever worked before. I know these things are true. I have a better understanding of Christ and the Atonement than ever before. I know this is a gospel of change. It is not for perfect people but rather so that we can become perfect people.
Today has been SO GOOD, but a bit hard. I invited all my favorite missionaries to go bowling. Not everyone came, but my closest friends did. It was sooo good to see everyone! I took lots of pictures and had lots of people write in my book. It was hard though, because it will be a long time before I see these people again, some of them don´t even live in the States so, that is even harder.
I feel super sad, and it was hard to say "see ya later" to these people. I cannot stand the G word. I have come to love these people sooo much. They have been such a big part of my life the past 12 months and I am really going to miss them!
I want to talk a bit about my mission. As it comes to a close, i have done a lot of reflection. I have reflected on who I was in the MTC and who I am now.
When I was in the MTC I would get sooooo nervous to teach our investigators. Probably the closest thing I have ever had to a panic attack. My first bit in the field, I was secretly glad when lessons would fail because I was scared to teach.
NOW, I LOVE TEACHING. It is my favorite thing EVER. I get EXCITED at the thought of a lesson. I have learned a lot about faith and prayer and have learned and am still learning about relying on the Lord. As I succeed in doing so, everything goes better and I am lifted when I am down.
I have learned so much about the Holy Ghost and following the promptings we recieve. I am not perfect in this either, but I KNOW the times when I have successfuly followed the Spirit I have seen miracles beyond my imagination.
I have learned about repentance for the times that I have not done as I felt I should. I have come to understand better than ever, that I am not perfect, I am going to make the same mistakes. But I also know that I am going to keep trying, every day I try harder than the day before to be better than I was. That is what God wants of us, and that is what it means to persevere to the end.
If I could sum up all that I have learned it would be as follows:
I understand the Atonement and the Gospel better than ever. I understand just how much the Atonement covers, and I understand the Gospel in how it is to help us change. I have learned so much on my mission about change, and how the gospel can help us become who we are meant to be. We have so much potential, and as we apply the gospel to our lives, we will change and become the person God wants us to be! I have changed. I was weak, now I know where to find strength; I was shy, now I am confident. I am so happy, and I understand where this happiness comes from. It comes from my love of God and the Gospel and my desire to share that with others, because I love Him and I love them! My inner person is the same, but I have developed on the good, and gotten rid of the bad. I am NOT perfect, but I am on the path. I am changed, and I am converted.