Date

October 17, 2016

Area

Jarabacoa

Companion

Hermana Wasden

Keep calm and preach on!

Hello everyone!

Wow this week was SO hard. All we really did was contact and no one wanted to let us in and if they did, they didn't really have a desire to listen. We had intercambios and I got lost... It was so embarrassing. This specific Hermana was telling me all that I could improve on and it was A LOT. I felt so unqualified to do this work. Then the next day we had a member with us and we got lost AGAIN. It was so terrible... Then she was complaining about how her legs hurt. Then we had to rush to an activity at the church and the president's wife, Mari, stopped me. She was like, "Hermana, what's wrong? Sit down and tell me all about it." I told her what was wrong and she gave me a massage and told me about her mission experiences. I have never been so thankful for her. Heavenly Father showed me a different side of her that I had never seen before. Then throughout the week, everyone was making sure we were okay and giving us references. So this is what I have learned during this hard week...

Our new Zone leader, Elder Hawkes, gave a talk in our Zone meeting on Tuesday and this is what he shared: First he shared a scripture in Ether 12:12, "For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith." He then said, "Do you believe that God is a God of miracles and if so that He can do miracles through our own efforts? He also shared the story of the man with the sick son in the Bible that talks about how he asked the Lord to help his unbelief. Then he went on to say, "We need to have the faith that we can be instruments in His hands and we need to believe and ask for His help." This was something that I really needed to hear. I have been doubting my abilities and I just need to trust in my Father in Heaven and that He is a God of miracles. That I can be that instrument that works miracles in other people's lives as well. Then I read Teaching, Preaching, Healing: Jesus Master Teacher by Elder Holland and there was something that stuck out to me. It said that what we teach needs to bring change and that we need to be divinely lead. I know that if we are divinely led that we will be able to bring changes to other people's lives.

Although this week was really hard, there were many angels helping me and by my side, like the Hermana Mari and also there was a little girl in one of the houses that we went to. We had just finished help folding this woman's clothes and we were sitting down and the girl (that was sick btw) was very shy. I had some stickers that Hermana Hall had given me, so I took them out and gave her a couple. Then all the kids started running and I gave them some too. After that this little girl didn't leave my side. She was smiling really big. Then as we were leaving, she gave me a HUGE hug. I was just so overwhelmed with the love that my Heavenly Father had for me. I know that He knows me and understands me, just like He knows each and everyone of you. When we are in our darkest moments, He does NOT leave us alone. I have a strong testimony of that. This week I want to challenge all of you to be that angel for someone and pray for the opportunities to serve someone.
I love you all and have a great week,
Hermana Maikoski

PS I attached pictures of our picnic that we had today with some Hermanas from Framboyanes area, a dog that was following us, the President's new puppy, and Rafael (Irkania's kid) with my nametag on.




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