July 9, 2018


Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina (Barrio 2)


Hermana Palomino

I get up and nothing brings me down

July seems to be a month of freedom worldwide. Today we are celebrating Argentina's freedom from Spain. Everything is closed which makes things difficult but luckily I can write you all and let you know I am alive and well.

1. The 4th was a day to be remembered. I got a visit from the legendary Hermana Marin and she made us Lasagna Pizza and homemade ranch. I felt like I was back in the USA. Hermana Palomino and I wore Red, White, and Blue to honor my country.

2. We spent lots of time in the pension this week because my companion has been very sick. (this is where my header comes from). As a missionary it is suuuper discouraging to not be able to go teach but it happens. The positive thing is that I got to do A LOT of studying. I read something that I loved in Helaman 10. Nephi had just finished calling the city of Zarahemla to repentance. He (understandably) is on his way home. It can be assumed that he is tired and disappointed with the state of this city. While he is walking a voice comes to him and says,

'Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments."

The Lord then promises Nephi blessings, encourages him and asks him to go back. Nephi's response is a huge example to us all.

"And behold, now it came to pass that when the Lord had spoken these words unto Nephi, he did stop and did not go unto his own house, but did return unto the multitudes who were scattered about upon the face of the land, and began to declare unto them the word of the Lord which had been spoken unto him, concerning their destruction if they did not repent."

He immediately goes back. He knew that his work was not finished. The same goes for us.. our work is never finished. There are too many souls to save. Keep working hard and keep smiling. It's tiring but it's so rewarding. A wise man once told me, "You can sleep when you're dead".There is something for each of us to contribute to the work and if we ask, God will bless us with the strength to do so. I love you all and I hope you have a great week.

Love, Hermana Stirling


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