Date

August 7, 2017

Area

Nibaje

Companion

Hermana Levy

The Hand of Heavenly Father and His Tender Mercies in our lives

Hey everyone!
Thank you for your continual support and prayers for me. I can truly feel them lifting me up everyday.

This week was another rough one, but I looked at it in a different view. I realized that I need to look for the Lord´s hand daily in my life and to count the blessings that I have. I started seeing that the investigators that we do have are changing and having desires to read the Book of Mormon. As we have faithfully prayed for them, they have changed. It´s the coolest thing EVER!! Also some hermanas had to stay at our house for one night and that day was just TERRIBLE! Satan was attacking us so much, but those Hermanas were a HUGE blessing in our home. They sang us hymns and left us cute little messages lifting us up. What a tender mercy!! Then there were sooo many little things that people did for me through out the week that helped me to realize that Heavenly Father is really there. I don't have time to type them all out, but they are written in my journal so I´ll share when I get home. We also found a REALLY cool investigator that came to church by herself and she is REALLY interested. Even though we haven´t found people by our own efforts, Heavenly Father has seen how hard we are working and blessed us with her! He definitely knows when people are ready! We are going to have a baptism on Saturday and we are really excited!!

Anyway yesterday was crazy... After church all the members bombarded us and wanted us to do so many things. I felt so frustrated and stressed haha, but Heavenly Father sent me two angels that helped me to be calm. One was a lady that Mari Buret (from Jarabacoa) knows that she sent to give me a hug, cookies, and a lollipop. The other was the lady that showed up at church. Heavenly Father has told me multiple times this week that I just need to be myself and everything will work out. He blessed me this week. In "12 weeks" - the training program, I was teaching Hermana Levy how to teach the Book of Mormon and I just felt so at peace. I know that I am here for a reason and that I am going to grow so much along with my comp, investigators, and members here.

As I was studying a couple scriptures called my attention and they are in 2 Corinthians and Ether. Here they are...

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
¨9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.¨

Ether 12:27
¨27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.¨

I ABSOLUTELY love these two scriptures and they complement each other perfectly. I love what is says when it talks about how our strength is made perfect in weakness that we should glory in our infirmities. That our weaknesses make us strong if we humble ourselves. I am just so grateful for the comfort that I can have through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and that I can grow and be shaped into the person that my Father in Heaven wants me to be. I know that this is EXACTLY what I needed at this point in my mission and it has given me a new desire to work diligently.

Hope you all have a great week and love you all,

Hermana Maikoski

Finally comp SELFIESSSS. We took a crazy one like we were falling off of the edge, with a random dog on the street, and the Hermanas that stayed at our house for a night (it´s on the roof)




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