This week started off a little rough. We got home late after a FHE and then we lost the keys. The assistants were calling us because they were coming to drop off some Hermanas in our house and I was just soo embarrassed... Luckily my district leader is so awesome and told me to calm down haha. I woke up the next morning and couldn´t think straight, couldn´t feel the spirit, and I was beating myself up for all the mistakes I had made the previous day. Luckily, I had the impression to ask the Elders for a blessing because I knew that I couldn´t do all of this missionary work on my own and so I needed to ask for help from a higher power and and WOW! I cannot believe how inspired that was... My blessing was said to me in English and the elder that gave me the blessing spoke by the Spirit and told me exactly what I needed to hear. I had a HUGE weight lifted off my shoulders. He told me that I was sent here to Nibaje to be a leader and that Heavenly Father is pleased with what I am doing. I need to be strong for my comp and all the people around me. As he was about to close the blessing, he stopped and said, ¨Don´t be scared. Remember that your Heavenly Father and His angels are always surrounding you.¨ I am just so grateful to have worthy priesthood holders near me so that I can have access to God´s power and His love.
Something else that really helped me this week was Alma 26:27 that says, ¨27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.¨ At the beginning of this week I was about ready to turn back, but through the blessing and through the scriptures I was comforted and I was able to bear with patience my afflictions. He gave me success with being able to see my investigators progressing and loving this gospel. I am just so grateful for the help of my Father in Heaven!!
Another experience that we had this week was that we got into contact with Cristina - our investigator! She is struggling so much so we offered a priesthood blessing. She left a TOTALLY different person after that blessing. She came to church on Sunday and I showed her the baptismal font and she told me that she is going to get baptized and is never going to leave this church. She is just so ready! It´s just really cool to see how differently people progress and when they are ready for this gosepl and when they are not.
Some random things that happened this week: A lady started rubbing aloe on my face for my pimples and a random person gave me a necklace. The lady that rubbed aloe on my face was like, ¨Here this will help your face a lot.¨ The one that gave me the necklace asked if I was a missionary and then told me that she wanted to give me a free necklace. I was actually kind of scared that she had robbed it and then wanted to give it to me hahaha.
One thing that I have learned recently that missionary work is a lot easier with the help of the members. We don´t like to walk around in the scourching hot sun for hours knocking on doors because most of the time those people aren´t interested, but if the members give us people that are interested and leave with us, everything works out better. I cannot explain how much it helps!
Another thing that I have been working on this week is being more clear and direct with what I am teaching. When I was back home, I HATED missionaries like that, but that really is the way to go especially in the DR. You have to be direct or the people won´t act or do what you ask them to do also I learned from Jacob 4:13 why it is important to be direct. It says, ¨13 Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to the understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls. But behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old.¨
The spirit tells the truth and tells things how they really are. IF we aren´t telling the truth or being direct, the Spirit can´t testify and if he can´t testify we can´t teach or have success. We can´t save souls.
So my goal for this week is to be more bold and to not beat myself up. We shouldn´t try to fight our battles ourselves. We NEED the help of our Father in Heaven. Never forget that. Turn to Him and let Him take your burdens away.
Love you all and have a great week,
Pics- A pic with Maria at the FHE, my 15 months with Hermana Levy - we played chubby bunny, me with a HUGE avocado, and Hermana Levy and I with a member´s kid