Monday, September 15, 2014

This week was amazing!!!

So this week was AMAZING!!! The Lord has definitely blessed us after giving our area a little break. We have literally been seeing miracles every day, especially with references!! We are actually getting references from members, which seriously helps so much!

We went to Orlanchito to do 2 sets of splits. The first day, I worked with Hermana Zamora and we found an inactive member who has been inactive for  15 years because of Gossip. She is sealed to her 6 kids and her husband was in the Seventy. She said that members gossiping had completely destroyed her family. She is divorced and all 6 of her kids have families and are inactive as well. Its sad to think because of gossiping, generations have been affected for the worse. 

We also taught the pastor again and we were tried with patience. I have learned that keeping a calm patient voice will keep the Spirit there, but as soon as theres contention, the Spirit leaves. Not just with our lessons,but the way parents talk to their children or siblings talk to each other.

Proverbs 15:1
 soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Ive also seen how important it is to be ready to share the Gospel in ALL situations, even members. More people are watching the "Mormons" than we think, and notice a difference in us. Something I wish I was better at in high school, was willing to share the gospel more to my peers. Now being down the road, I know it could have helped them avoid a lot of bad decisions in their lives. 

1 Peter 3:15 & 17
 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: 
 and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

This past week it rained quite a bit, but also was extremely hot as always. I dont understand how fast the weather can change here. I did finish my 72 hour emergency kit for whatever reason. I may be eating crackers and water for a while, but its better than nothing. 

Last Monday, we were kind of wandering around at 7:30pm because all of our appts fell through. We had planned to give service at a members house so we decided to contact a yellow house, as we were contacting the house we remembered we told an inactive we would stop by that night so headed into another neighborhood. As we were yelling out to the inactives, a man walking his dog passed by. He turned out to be a pastor and we asked if he knew anyone who needed a message about Jesus Christ. He told us about a family he just had passed who were yelling and needed God in their lives. We headed over to the house and a little girl ran out and said," Do you guys teach about the Bible??" She invited us in where we met her Mom and she immediately let us in and was so receptive!!! We walked out of that lesson and couldnt stop smiling! We were giggling to ourselves the whole rest of the night just because it was such a miracle! We kept thinking about if we didnt stop at the yellow house to contact it we wouldnt have remembered about the inactives and talked to the pastor and got the reference! It was a major "the church is true moment"

 We have been teaching them every other day now and are progressing so fast! 

We also have been teaching a young man who believes he has sinned so bad that he cant be forgiven. He was so deep in the cave he couldnt see the light. While studying for him, I came across this scripture.

Alma 36:19-21

19 And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
 20 And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!
 21 Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.

I know that no matter how broken your heart is or devastated we may feel, there is ALWAYS hope through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ and that we may feel joy once again. I also know that there is only true happiness in obeying the commandments of God. I love and pray for you every day.

Hermana Sherman

Dia de los ninos

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