Dear friends and family,
Time is weird in the mission. I can’t believe I’ve been out for almost exactly 4 months now, and this week I finish my training. Wow. Also, haircut! Courtesy of Hermana Alarcon, who learned on herself and her companion.
I learned a lot this week through challenges and interesting experiences. Wednesday was a hard day in terms of animo, and I was worried about a number of things. I asked the elders for a blessing of strength, and I felt more peace from that. I am so grateful for the priesthood and for the men who keep themselves worthy of it. I marvel that Heavenly Father entrusted this incredible power to imperfect men; it is truly a demonstration of His incredible love and trust.
I also learned that as little as one really good hour can make a seemingly blah and unproductive day totally worth it. Not much happened on Thursday; our appointments fell [through], and very few people opened the door. But in the last hour of the day, we encountered a less-active member that we’ve been trying to reach for a couple weeks, we had a great lesson with part of a family that we’re teaching, and we finally had a member-present lesson with Veronica. (This was a wonderful miracle because the member, Gladis, is a perfect match for Veronica, and her testimony is incredible. We’re so happy to finally introduce Veronica to a friend in the church!) Hermana Bazaes and I walked home that night happy and with much better animo.
Hermana Gladis also referred us to a friend and her family. We were able to visit this family, who is passing through a really hard time. They’ve had a lot of difficulties, and the father passed away about a year ago. They’re receptive and friendly, and I’m excited to bring this message of hope and peace to them.
Sunday was a good day. We were able to help a home-bound member decorate her house and left her with a little more light in her very difficult life. Also, Miguelangelo came to church! He said a lot of things were very new but that he liked it. We have an appointment with him and his girlfriend later in the week. We had a lesson in the night with Luis and Ema about the Plan of Salvation, and we were able to understand them and their needs better.
That’s about all for this week! I love you all! Keep your head up and rely on your Heavenly Father. Trust that He really does have everything in His hands, and He sees your incredible potential.