September 17, 2018


Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina (Barrio 2)


Hermana Palomino

All of your flaws and all of my flaws are laid out one by one

Hello my people! How are we up there in the Northern hemisphere? This week was great for us down here.

1. We tracted our self into a new area this week. We found a super pretty nursery and they gave us two free plants. It was super cute to walk around there. We gave out a few folletos (pamphlets) while we were there.

2. On the way out of the nursery we found a snake that was completely flattened by a car. We posed for some pictures and later a member told us that it is a poisonous snake. That was a little bit alarming but I mean it was dead. Hermana Palomino brought it home and put it in contact paper haha. The downside of this all is that now Hermana Pal makes me carry around a flashlight at night because she knows there are snakes around these parts.

3. We met up with the Costanera sisters and did some divisions. Not much to report on that.

4. I played the piano in church yesterday. Which I was NOT planning to do. The meeting began and I realized that our normal pianist was no where to be found. I felt the spirit screaming at me to go and do my best. I felt like throwing up because I am very out of practice, but I hightailed it up front anyway. Everyone looked surprised and I was like trust me this is not my choice. Long story short I TOTALLY butchered the hymns. I wanted to die a little. Everyone afterwards was complimenting me on my skills and I wanted to ask them why they feel good about lying inside the Lord's house. I feel like this might have been one of the times when the Lord wanted to test my obedience. He didn't command me to sacrifice my son or bathe in a super disgusting river but he asked something hard of me, and not so willingly at first, I did it. From now on my Saturday night prayers will consist of "Heavenly Father please bless Hermano Fernandez to make it to Sacrament Meeting tomorrow".

5. In companionship study we were reading in the book of Lucas. Sometimes I feel the shorter scriptures are the most powerful. For example,

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

I mean who are we to be hard on people when we too are full of flaws?? Something I have felt daily in the mission is the Lord's mercy. He expects us to do our best and to make good decisions but he knows there are a lot of things in which we will fail. Especially as missionaries.. our flaws seem so apparent sometimes but the encouraging part of all of this is that we are given the strength and power to overcome our flaws and to do good despite those flaws. I am grateful for a Father in Heaven who loves me despite me flaws. I hope you all can follow His example.. in loving me despite my flaws.. which as of right now are mostly grammatical (thanks Spanish). Well I love you all and hope you have a great week.

Love, Hermana Stirling


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