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Holy cow! So many ups and downs this week!
This morning, Hermana Davis and I were studying in John 15:1-16 and we loved verse two which says,
"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
We absolutely loved that scripture this morning because it just described our lives this past week. There were so many amazing incredible moments and so many "purging" moments as well. But just to read that scripture and know that the Lord is not purging us because He doesn't love us or feels that we're not working hard enough. He is purging us because we're bringing forth fruit, and He wants us to reach the fullest of our potential.
We are praying for charity.
We are working on becoming more bold.
We are developing our faith.
It has been such a wonderful experience serving with Hermana Davis. Because we work so hard and we try so hard but at the same time it just comes so naturally because she is such an outstanding missionary. It's so easy to work the area because we really don't have to work at our companionship. It's exactly what this branch needs right now. We can completely focus all of our time and love and energy and just put it all into the branch because we don't have to worry about getting along or being disobedient or anything.
So that's exactly what we've been doing. Putting everything we have into the branch. The work is exhausting, but it is well worthwhile.
Some of the lows that we hit this week...
BUT I guess it's just preparing us for our new area!!!
We were just confirmed this week that we're DEFINITELY getting moved to the new walk area that's opening up in the branch and honestly we are just so stoked. We have wanted this so bad and just prayed and prayed to receive it and the Lord was all like, "Knock and ye shall receive." And we were all like, "OMG did that really just work?"
So that was a highlight and definitely not a low light so it shouldn't have been included in this section but it was just such a good transition so it had to be done.
But I guess I shouldn't really focus on the negative things that happened this week. I do what you guys to know that I definitely have days where I struggle and cry and that things are really hard but in spite of all of those things I always focus on the one guy who pulls me through and that is my Savior Jesus Christ. Why should I be focused on the bad things that happen or the trials that come when I have a God who loves me and is perfectly aware of me? Who directs me in the work and has prepared a plan for my life that is perfect and beautiful beyond anything I can ever imagine on my own?
And I truly have felt that.
This week we had the amazing opportunity to go to the Washington DC temple. As I sat in the Celestial room I was just overcome with this incredible joy and feeling of love that the Lord has for me. I am becoming (slowly but surely) more and more aware of His watchful hand, guiding and directing me in my life. Always for the better. I know that He prepares each of us for our great callings in life. My love for the Lord and His commandments has never been stronger. This gospel is so amazing. I am so blessed to be a part of it!
The temple was incredible. I learned so many new things as we went through the endowment session. I was grateful for the opportunity to go. It has been hard to only go every couple months as a missionary. I have made a goal to go weekly when I get home, and I'm so excited for that!
Something else that I will never take for granted LITERALLY EVER AGAIN is Cafe Rio you guys.
We went thereon our way back from the temple and I literally wept tears of joy.
Cafe Rio is the food of choice in the celestial kingdom.
I know it.
I have leftovers in the fridge back home and I am planning on eating them within the hour.
Speaking of excitement, though! Some exciting news! Diana and Jorge got married!! There was so much support and love from the members of the branch. Hermana Martinez (our hispanic adopted mother) called us night and we spent a little under an hour getting things set up so that Diana and Jorge felt special and loved! It went really well and looked really nice! It was a super short ceremony, and there was a little gathering afterward. We met Diana's daughter and son-in-law! They were really nice.
More excitement, Jorge finished the lessons and passed his baptismal interview, so he'll be getting baptized ! We're so stoked!
We were able to work with some awesome families this week and so see a lot of success! Honestly it's something that is so exciting to be able to work with FAMILIES rather than individuals. So cool. So we'll see what comes out of some of those things. Stay tuned.
We were also able to pick up a new investigator living in Elizabethtown! He doesn't speak any English so he wants to come to the branch with us! But it's like a 45 minute drive! He has a car and everything, he's just got to be willing to make the sacrifice! So we're hoping that as we teach the gospel to him boldly and with love that he will understand the importance of coming to church! He seems like a seriously great guy, and hopefully we can start teaching his son as well!!
Anyway! This work is amazing! I'm out of time for the week, I feel like I could go on and on and on!
You guys are so amazing! I hope that you feel my love and that you know how spectacular you are! We each have a purpose in this life - we are so important in the Lord's work!! He needs us!
So go out there and change lives!
I'll be doing the same right along with you!
I LOVE YOU GUYS!