This Past week: Pero Ahora Lo Creo!
Oh my goodness! What a week! But really, this week was incredible. INCREDIBLE I TELL YOU!!!
So where to start! Oh, maybe I'll explain the title of this email. So we currently have two progressing investigators which means that we teach them a couple times a week. They are our teachers but they are acting like people from their own missions. It is a pretty cool thing! I always get a little nervous before we go in and then I just end up loving it! On Monday we had the single greatest teaching experience. ever. We taught Elizabeth, who is Hermana Kitto. We had had a couple rough lessons with her. She straight up told us once, I don't believe what you are saying but I'll listen. ha! thanks! So this last lesson we decided to teach her about the restoration of the Gospel. We walked in and we felt ready. Little did we know that the Spirit would be so strong! Literally in minutes my heart was beating so fast and I just knew something felt different. We were chatting with her and then asked her why she keeps inviting us back. She said that she felt something different with us and she noticed that when she met with us, and other missionaries previously, so had a peace in her life. We told her this is the Spirit. then we all just felt impressed to tell her how much her Heavenly Father LOVES her! I felt His love for her! It was incredible! I had the opportunity to teach her about the restoration when Joseph Smith had the First Vision. Okay. the Spirit gave it actually because I have never been able to speak Spanish like I did in that moment. I was so excited and at one point I think I even threw my hands in the air. I was speaking so fast I had no idea what I was saying! The gift of tongues is real. I can testify of that. Then I gave Joseph Smiths account of the first vision. So here is my dirty little secret, I haven't memorized the First Vision in Spanish yet. It's kinda hard; but when I gave it to Elizabeth... I don't know what happened. I have never felt myself speak with such power. im telling you the gift of tongues and the spirit was speaking for me! It's amazing how when you testify of things you really realize just how true it is. How much you actually KNOW that what you are talking about is true. We all just sat there like blubbering babies but I don't care, it was one of the greatest moments of my life. Then we asked her to pray. she always says no but this time she was like yes, I want to. So we all knelt and prayed and she gave the sweetest prayer. She was praying and she said something along the lines of, "Father, I have heard this message before, many times before, and because of my hard heart I haven't believed it. Pero ahore lo creo." That last part means, but now I believe. Never have any other words sounded so sweet. We asked her to get baptized and she said she would think about it. After we left my companions and i just hugged each other and cried. I have never felt this kind of joy before. Or this much of it! Now this was on Monday night and this joy has literally not left me! Even as I sit here typing! I cant even describe how happy I feel. Alma 26:16. That's how I feel. Inexpressible joy. I literally feel like I floated on a cloud this entire week. It is described really well in Mosiah 2:41... interminable felicidad. never-ending happiness. People. this is the happiest I have ever been. and it is from sharing this glad message! I invite ALL of you to join in on the happy parade! everyone is welcome. :)
We taught some other lessons this week. We have another investigator named Andreis. he is older and a family man but lsot his job so he is going through a rough time. We have been teaching him and it has been such a cool experience. its definitely different than teaching women... we cant rely so much on emotions. It's a learning experience. We asked him to pray and he said the sweetest prayer! He thanked the Lord for us Hermanitas. Ahh, we love him! That means like little sisters! I love people. I SERIOUSLY LOVE THEM. Never have I been so full of soo much love. I love it!
So other than lessons, this week has been full of amazing devotionals. we heard from Sister Sheri Dew, and two men that I don't remember the names of. But oh my goodness life changing devotionals! one devotional talked about how sacred our call is. people keep telling us that we are set apart and we deserve to be led by the spirit. we just need to be worthy and let him take control! I love that! We also learned alot about magnifying our part in this work. There is a saying, "what'ere thou art, act well thy part." oh my yes! i love this! The speaker stressed that there are different parts to play in this world. You are a part. you may be a 5, 8, or a 10, or whatever else. If you are a 5... be a 5! Be the best dang 5 the world has ever seen. Because someone out there needs a 5. They dont need an 8 or a 10 or a 100. They need you. They need YOUR testimony and your special witness. They need your experiences and your love. so be you. be the best you. Heavenly Father created you just as you are supposed to be. So now our job is to find our part. and to magnify the heck out of it. I think I know my part. I feel like I was born for this work. Someone told me that your mission lasts your whole life, you just need to find a way to start it. Well, it's started. and I'm never letting it end! I might as well just change my first name to Hermana. ;)
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Oh I have been studying a lot about patience this week and I found this incredible talk. Please read it! "Continue in Patience" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. It was for a priesthood session but I adore it. one line I loved: "Patience can transform ordinary men and women into saints and angels." I love that. A lot of people call us sisters at the MTC "angels". I kind of love it. One of our investigators called us her angelitas. Yeah I'm in love with that. The errand of angels. Yes. I am in love with that. I LOVE THIS WORK.
I have been trying to study D&C 4 this week. That section is amazing! Amazing I tell you! I honestly have made it through 4 verses in 3 days. There is too much good stuff! I adore, adore, adore personal study time. It's like so fun to search the scriptures! The topical guide is my new best friend. I just feel like I am learning so much!
Haha looking over this email I feel like I need a reality check. So many people have written me and asked me if I'm fluent yet and what its like to speak Spanish 24/7... ehhhhh...... so we try really hard to do that but it doesn't always happen. In fact sometimes the gift of tongues is.... not so much absent... but its like just holding back to see what you can do. ;) Exhibit A: me trying to explain the pre-existence in Spanish! HA! I guess I said the reason we don't remember anything from the pre-earth life is because we passed through a candle. yes. I need to work on vocab obviously! haaaaaaaaa. my comp was dying and laughing so hard! Speaking of comps. I'm in love with mine! Seriously they are my soul sisters from the preexistence. It's funny because we probably never would have been friends without being companions.; we are all so different but some how have so much fun and teach really well together! We all have different strengths that compliment each other really well.
Oh we did TRC for the first time this week! TRC is where you go in and teach a Spanish speaker. They are all members, we just teach them a spiritual thought. but surprise guess who my TRC person was! President Magnusson's daughter! Normally I'm not super good at chatting/getting to know someone at the beginning of a lesson, but when I make a connection like I did with her, gosh I could not shut up! So that was a blessing. That lesson we taught about joy... and boy oh boy did we all feel it! Family! This life is about having joy! Let's be joyful! It's just so happy to be joyful and I love it so much :).
So on our schedule there are alot, and I mean ALOT, of missionaries going to Korea. so we see them all day everyday and we have stsrted to make friends with them! :) They are teaching us Korean. I am getting pretty good! no joke. I can say hello my name is Hermana Moore, how are you, and good morning! :) They say my accent is good too. I'm learning the alphabet next. It's so fun. I love it! :)
OH MY GOSH THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LETTERS AND PACKAGES. Who are you people! You are too wonderful! I got an incredible package from Linds and Hannah with everything and more. i cried. it was beyond perfect and I love them/ owe them my life. :)
So we sing in choir and apparently my face was on the mega tron! ha! Like just my face, singing. luckily I wasn't doing anything stupid! ha! people kept coming up to me saying hey I saw you! Some elders in my district told me that me "countenance shone brightly"...that's about as close to a compliment as we get here at the mtc! :)
I am working on translating my mormon.org profile into Spanish. It's taking forever but I'll send you a link when im done!
we taught a grammar conept in class. I love teaching. I want to work here when I'm off the mission! oh Hermana Pister fainted in class, she is hypoglycemic. I CAUGHT HER! I'm the first person in the history of her life who has caught her. ha!
Ah! I have no time! I wanted to tell about July 4th! We got to watch a movie, 17 Miracles (so we wouldn't hear Carrie Underwood at the stadium of fire concert) and then eat ice cream and watch fireworks till 11 pm! no bed time! ha! exhilerating! The fireworks were incredible. I am so grateful for this country. We had a great district meeting moment of silence and wow. I'm proud to be an American.
ps I love my elders in my district. They are my brothers. Their spiritual maturity baffles me! And wow out of time! Gotta go! Love all of you to the moon and back! Keep writing! :) love love love