Tuesday, July 19, 2016

We are putting forth effort!

I hope you are well and that you may know we are putting forth effort here.
This week was a good week, it felt a bit slow but we were able to come to meet few new people. 
We fasted this week for a few individuals we are teaching and we can feel the hand of the Lord. We also decided to do a prayer of faith. Sister L. described a family and we were very specific in the prayer. As we went to the home of some members a question came to our mind to ask them if they knew the family we prayed for. A family came to their mind. The family was a bit reluctant of just going over and were planning a game plan that would take a few months to come to see the fruits, but we reminded them that as we go forth and trust the Lord that he provides. We said a prayer with the family and we will be meeting with them this week.

We have been able to obtain more potential investigators through the ward maps. 
The Senior couples are wonderful because they have shared them with us. Our investigators are making progress! And if they are not interested we are moving forward to search. Following up on the invitations we have left with the families we have visited during dinners or just stop bys are helping us gain trust and names.

God lives! He knows us and will be with us at all times. 

Daily Message:
"I want you to know that in my life when I have had disappointments and delays, I have lived to see that if I continue to knock with unshakable faith and persist in my patience—waiting upon the Lord and his calendar—I have discovered that the Lord’s “no’s” are merely preludes to an even greater “yes.”"
Hermana Mena

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I love my Savior

I love my Savior Jesus Christ, through Him I can do all things.

This was a great week. I love having the opportunity to serve and learn from my companion Sister L. She has helped me realize that no invitation will decrease our ability and purpose. She is a great missionary.

This week we had two wonderful experiences. We had the opportunity of having dinner with this family. Sister D was calling her son down to join in. She explained to us a little bit of his disability, but afterwards also came to share how she knows the Lord sent him that way to earth to help her family remain strong. She also explained how as he went to the temple that it was as though he had been there before. The spirit filled the home as we shared the First vision. 

As those who are seeking they will find, they will be filled of truth.

On our way to find a family we saw a family outside. We had to stop and go. As we walked in the house we were filled with an immense love for the family. It was evident that this Brother and Sister adopted each of the children. They each radiated a light. We testified of the great worth they have of the strength the atonement gives us. 

We invited two people to follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized. They will both be praying.

The Lord is preparing the hearts of the people here.

​Daily Message:
"Moroni confirmed: “What is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ” (Moro. 7:40–41; see also Alma 27:28). Real hope, therefore, is not associated with things mercurial, but rather with things immortal and eternal!"
—Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "Hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ"
Topics: Hope
Hermana Mena

The Love of a Mother

This week was incredible I was able to see Brother Johnson at Family Services and he was so helpful. I felt so enlightened and felt positivity shooting out of my pores hahaha

This past transfer has helped me live: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Amidst the trials those we are teaching are facing as they put their faith in the Lord they receive greater peace. During this time serving here in Saratoga we have gone from not knowing any of the members to being in their homes, serving and learning so much from them.

We had the 4th of July Parade. I about cried twice because I was touched to see the people. The child's on the sides of the rode with their hands up waiting for hi 5s from the missionaries. I saw three families I know from previous areas. I also saw Tara from back home :) 

I can't believe it has been a year from the last. I can't believe it. 

Today we had an opportunity to speak to a sister that drove us to the meeting as we asked her how she has seen the Lord's hand in her life she did not answer, so the question was repeated. And she said she was trying to see, because she has a hard time with one of her children he is not making the best decisions at the moment and it is very frustrating for her and she felt as though she has not done enough. 

We testified that Christ's love and how the love of the mother comes to be the only thing to be compared with what charity is. Her son in the back of the car after we asked how his mom has helped him began to point out the positive attributes his mom has. She was touched. Today I will began to see and voice the ways my beautiful mom has helped me. Without her I would not be here. 

An invitation for everyone today is to write down one thing you are grateful for that you mother has taught you and/or helped you with, ponder it and voice it. 

I know families are ordained of God. My family is the perfect family for me. Imperfect? Yes. But not just imperfect, thy are perfectly imperfect. My beautiful family. I love my dad, his hard work and selflessness and ability to see the potential we have, my mom for her determination and willpower and love. My older sister for her humility, thoughtfulness and example. My brother for his unfailing love, patience and understanding and my younger sister for her long suffering, sweetness and tenderness.

Families are the most important unit on earth. The gospel helps us. I know that Christ helps us get through and will forever till the end of times.

You matter. You are needed. The Lord will never leave your side. 

Yes, the video is a Christmas video, but the message still carries through everyday. 

D&C 123:17

Daily Message
Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day with your whole heart."
—Henry B. Eyring, "This Day"