Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sept. 7, 2015 - Service!

Doing service for a member - loves using the machete 

Her new favorite yard tool - mom's new worry ;)

Beautiful Puerto Rico

Wow, sorry for the overload of pictures, but there's a brief gallery of the past 5-6 weeks! :) 

Anyways, what a week! What this area needed was a stronger branch and more trust with the members so we decided to send around a sign up sheet last Sunday for the members to sign up for a day that we could go serve them. While most of those appointments turned into them just cooking dinner for us (Puerto Ricans don't like to be served), it was incredible to see the blessings that came from it. We got to know the members so much better and I think that will help us get members present in our lessons with investigators and in getting references. And I think giving each of them a little spiritual boost helped a lot too! At church on Sunday, they were all so happy and so friendly with each other and bore such strong testimonies, it was incredible! People actually stayed around after church to talk and socialize which never happens. This branch is being strengthened so much! And the member's food was pretty good too.... :) But it was really nice being able to serve them too. Service truly brings people together and brings us closer to Christ. It was a very good week!

Also, we finally have baptismal dates again! We met this family that is just so eager to learn and the father told us that he believes that we are an answer to his prayers so he just soaks up everything we teach and at every lesson is so excited to find out what his next compromiso or "assignment" is for the next lesson. The spirit is so present in every lesson with them and I have literally never seen anyone so prepared to receive the blessings of the gospel. I can't wait to keep teaching them and preparing them for their baptism on the 26th!

It's great too because the mother is a chef so she sends us home with so much amazing food everytime! Last time she gave us massive slices of nutella and cheese flan. Oh my goodness. Best thing I have ever eaten. Of course that's not why we keep going over to their house, but it's definitely a plus. :)   

I'm so glad you guys got my package! Hope you enjoyed it. :) And thank you so much for the card reader! I haven't gotten any letters from anyone or your package yet.... hopefully tomorrow because tomorrow we have zone conference so they should be bringing the mail. 

Spiritual thought for the week is from General Conference by Elder. Dallin H. Oaks in his talk "Parable of the Sower". I love when he says "we must increase our exposure to spiritual truth in order to strengthen our faith and stay rooted in the gospel." In order to have good soil that nourishes the seed or the word of God, we must constantly be exposing ourselves to the things of God through prayer, scripture study, service, fasting, and partaking of the sacrament. I know that if you consciously do something every day to bring you closer to Christ, you will feel more peace and more happiness and more direction in your life. Doing this will strengthen your faith and will help you "stay rooted in the gospel."

Sorry, there's not much to say this week, but it really was fantastic and being a missionary is really the best thing in the world. I've never been so happy or felt so closer to my Savior Jesus Christ. I've learned and grown so much and have seen so many miracles in other's lives because of this gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know without a doubt that this is the true church and that God really did restore the gospel of Jesus Christ through His prophet Joseph Smith. I know it without a doubt and am so grateful for the wonderful blessing this knowledge has been in my life. The church is true! :)

~Hermana Allan

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