Date

September 18, 2017

Area

Nibaje

Companion

Hermana Levy

Call me Humpty Dumpty

Hey everyone!

It was a very spirit filled week and I am soo happy and excited to share all of what I learned. First of all, I started out the week tripping and falling in the middle of the street and got a HUGE bruise on my knee. See the pic below haha. It was so embarrassing. I am always falling in the street and my comp calls me humpty dumpty soo that´s the meaning of the title of my email, haha. I started to get really frustrated haha. I didn´t wanna start my week off bad, but that´s how it started. Then we had intercambios (exchanges) and they were pretty good. Almost all of the people that we contacted had a family member that recently died and it made me realize just how important the Plan of Salvation is. It gives us peace and joy in those hard moments when our loved ones die. Who doesn´t wanna hear about that? Also we made a bet with the Elders that whoever has the best numbers this week has to either buy frozen yogurt or pizza for the other team. We are so gonna win!!

Then we had Zone Conference with Elder Fortuna. HOLY COW!! I learned soo much. I came into the conference with so many questions and they were all answered. I was looking back at what kind of missionary I wanted to be at the beginning of my mission and how I am now. I realized that I am not as happy as I was at the beginning of my mission. So I asked myself why that was happening. The response of Elder Fortuna, ¨You will enjoy your mission and feel joy when you forget yourself.¨ That really hit home with me. The Spirit spoke to me in such a strong way that I knew that was my answer. I was thinking all about me and not about other people. That was the difference. He also said that if we want to find golden investigators, we have to be golden missionaries. We need to remember why we are here and what kind of future missionaries we want our children to be. This awakened in me a new desire to keep moving forward and to forget myself. This doesn´t only apply for me, but also for you guys. You will be happiest if you forget yourself. We can be golden members and help the missionaries out or we can magnify our callings. Lose yourself in the work. Remember why you came here to this Earth and what kind of people we want our future generations to be so that we can be better people.

All of our investigators are passing through soo many hard times and it has been a big stress for me and for them. Satan knows how great they are so he is throwing everything he can at them. As I read these verses, I was comforted. It´s in Alma 26 verses 5-7. They say, ¨5 Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.
6 Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.
7 But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day.
I love those last two verses that say that the storms won´t beat them down because they are in the hands of the Lord and that they are His. In the end, they will be able to receive the ordinance of baptism. Heavenly Father knows them and their situations and He is not going to let Satan drag them down!

Also a couple of scriptures that have given me strength this passed week...

Mosiah 9 vesrses 16-19
16 And it came to pass that I did arm them with bows, and with arrows, with swords, and with cimeters, and with clubs, and with slings, and with all manner of weapons which we could invent, and I and my people did go forth against the Lamanites to battle.
17 Yea, in the strength of the Lord did we go forth to battle against the Lamanites; for I and my people did cry mightily to the Lord that he would deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, for we were awakened to a remembrance of the deliverance of our fathers.
18 And God did hear our cries and did answer our prayers; and we did go forth in his might; yea, we did go forth against the Lamanites, and in one day and a night we did slay three thousand and forty-three; we did slay them even until we had driven them out of our land.

I love how their leader armed them with weapons so that they could go out into battle and then they received the strength of the Lord through crying mightily unto Him. Later they received this strength. They KNEW that He answered their prayers and that He heard them. They knew that they were outnumbered, but their faithfulness and their trust In God to assist in their battles gave them success. An apostle said that when Heavenly Father gives us strength it is a tender mercy. I love this quote... ¨In the strength of the Lord¨ is asking for assitance from God to grant strength to overcome our foes. ¨I know that when we ask the Lord for strength and we trust that He can help us overcome our ¨foes¨, we will have the strength that we couldn´t have before.

Have a great week and I love you all,

Hermana Maikoski

Pics - my comps that I saw at the conference, my family pic with my ¨son¨, and my ¨daughters¨, and us in the rain!
Here's also some pics of us falling off of a cliff, at an art mural that we've always wanted to take pictures by, and with a random guy in a colmado that bought us 10 peso bracelets and put them on us, haha. It was so funny because hermana Levy wanted to take a pic with him and he let us! Enjoyyyy




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