So we had zone conferences this week that were so good. First on Wednesday. Before this, I had been struggling a bit with my companion We just are really different and have different cultures. Right before this conference, we kind of had a little struggle. But then in the conference, we learned all about the Atonement. We watched a video called Missionary Work and The Atonement. It was so moving to see this video. I watched it in the CCM but still, it gets to ya! All of us were crying. Even the elders! But what really hit me is what Elder Holland said. He said that as missionaries, we need to walk part of the path that Christ walked. And that His mission never was easy, so why should ours be easy? I was just sitting there thinking wow. Here I have almost 9 months in the mission (the middle) and I just barely realized what I have been doing wrong. I was judging and comparing people when I should have been loving and caring. It really touched my heart and I grew such a deep love for my companion. Also, for everyone that I have been in contact with, that I need to see them like Christ sees them. I am here to HELP people. Not tear them down. That was never in my call packet.
After that conference, I got to do an intercambio for a day with Hermana Davidson. She is ending the mission in just a month. She is so awesome! I learned so much that day with her. One thing I really love is that she always applies everything the people say, to Christ. I thought about that a lot and that in every situation, we can apply Christ. And how I always say that we are representatives of Christ, but how often do I talk of Christ? Or how often do I act like Christ? This week was just amazing. It helped me put a lot of things more into perspective and change the way I thought. Even though I have been doing things a bit wrong for about 9 months, I still have 9 months to change and improve here in the mission! The mission isn't easy, but I wouldn't change it for anything. My testimony of Christ and His Atonement have sky rocketed here.
We had another conference on Thursday with Presidente Bluth and Hermana Bluth. Let's just say that they are awesome. Even if we read in just about everything I couldn't understand in Spanish :) hahahaha! But Presidente Bluth talked about faith and that basically, we need more faith! Hahahaha! He said how it's the first step in the gospel. Faith. Lots of times, we doubt ourselves when really all we need is faith. Faith in the atonement and faith in Christ that we can do anything. It was a good conference and also very straight forward. President Bluth is the bomb.
GOOD NEWS OF THE WEEK
Me and Hermana Matias are...... planning a baptism for Saturday!!!!!!!!!!! Remember Maria Jesus? She is getting baptized this Saturday :) She will by my first convert that I found and baptized. Maria Jesus is awesome :) Our leaders went and visited her on Wednesday and then called us that night to tell us she had a baptism date for the 28th. I literally cried tears of happiness! I couldn't believe it. Then yesterday she didn't show up to sacrament and me and Hermana Matias were having a bit of a panic attack. Then she called after an hour and said that she had been waiting for her bus to pass and it never came. But then she said she was in the bus on her way. So she came to sunday school and relief society all frazzled with her 3 little kids. She loves the church and the members are so cute with her. They all love her and they announced her baptism in Relief Society and she says, " ahhh! I am so nervous!" Its basically the cutest thing ever. But ya! We are planning her baptism and so that's why we are super tired this week and stressed out. Its crazy.
All in all, this week was a week to remember. I loved everything I learned and applied in my life. The mission has changed my life and I am only half way done! I am excited to see what these next 9 months have in store for me. I am ready to climb this mountain and face challenges.
I know that Christ lives and that He is our Savior. He died on the cross for us and that He loves all of us. He walked that long path and He suffered in Gethsemani for all of us. I know He did and I can't deny it. Whenever we struggle, we can turn to Him and He will always help. I love my Savior :) I know He lives.
A great scripture to read, 3 Nephi 11 :) Have a great week!!!!!
"There was a big fire here in Temuco really close to another house of missionaries."
"Eating lunch with Hermana Gladys. She is crazy!"
"Eating corn with less actives. That's how we get people to reactivate in the Church."
"I got to work with my Sister Training Leader.....Hermana Davidson. She goes home in just 4 weeks." :(
"A less actives cat knows how to sit like this. It's so weird!"