9/21/15: “H.A.G.S. and don’t ever change”

Howdy!

So this week started with a little farewell party to a youth in the rama! He left on Tuesday to go to the Spain Malaga mission! He was always our go to guy for any last minute help we needed. He’s gunna be such an awesome missionary. To all my friends down in the Malaga mission, look out for an Elder Kroff!

Despedida for Eric who is leaving for the Madrid Malaga mission.
Despedida for Eric who is leaving for the Madrid Malaga mission.

On his last night before leaving, gathered around together, his dad asked me to bare my testimony. Starting with testifying about the things that I know to be true, I was led to just tell Eric the amazing things he will experience and witness on his mission. It’s amazing the changes you are able to see in others and the changes you want to make for yourself.

Hermana Braun and I were later talking about it. About that special word – change! We were reminiscing on the note we would leave in everyone’s yearbooks at the end of the school year in middle school: “H.A.G.S. and don’t ever change!” This was such a silly thing, but how sad would that be, if through all those years, we didn’t change! (And for those of you that don’t know, hags means “have a great summer”. haha)

Now obviously I don’t mean change for the worse, but I mean improving and getter better each day to become the person you are working towards. If we don’t change, then what is the point of this life?  I catch myself sharing this scripture all the times in lessons:

Alma 34:32:
“For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.”

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day stuff and not remember the big picture. Or worse, when that day to day stuff is HARD. When having an eternal perspective seems impossible.

We had a 2nd charla with an awesome woman named Ingrid from the Dominican Republic this week. She’s been through some intense stuff, yet it’s incredible the amount of peace the Gospel has brought into her life in this little time. But something she is afraid of is back to that little, BIG thing – change!

A change involves action! It involves work. I always think back to the saying “when you do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always gotten.”

Like that scripture says, we are here to prepare to meet God. I know that when we die, it’s not the end. We were created in the image of God, and given the ability to become like Him. Jesus set for us an example, and now it’s our time to follow.

This week we also had a big conference with all the missionaries from our zone. One elder that goes home after this transfer bore his testimony at the end and really touched me. He testified that the biggest and most important lesson he learned on his mission was about love.

He read John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

It was a great remembrance to me that I’m here serving a mission because I love my Heavenly Father, but I’m here in A Coruña because God loves His children here.

God loves us so much and wants us to return to Him, but He can’t save us “in our sins”, only “from our sinsGod sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and make it possible to improve and progress with His help.

I’ve made it a goal for myself to learn with each lesson I teach. No matter how many lessons I teach a billion times. A wise someone told me: “Teach who I am, not just what I know.” I think that is perfect. I want to be better than I was yesterday every day for the rest of these 18 months and the rest of my life!

Love you all!

Hermana Devereaux

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Here’s a few pictures from this week:

This is in front of the new church building being built that will be ready some time next year.
This is in front of the new church building being built that will be ready some time next year.
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The new church will be much bigger than the building we currently meet in!
We had a Relief Society meeting with the women in the rama.
We had a Relief Society meeting with the women in the rama.
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My first time touching sand in Spain!!!
There's a reason for the feet picture haha
There’s a reason for the feet picture haha
Noche de hogar - last round of the Spanish rendition of
Noche de hogar – last round of the Spanish rendition of “down by the
banks” it goes… “Toma, tomate, tomalo, eee iii oooo hey! x3”
We love Alcampo! It's the biggest grocery store here haha, like a Target kinda. So we took a picture...
We love Alcampo! It’s the biggest grocery store here haha, like a
Target kinda. So we took a picture…
Me and all my love from home!!! The package finally made it.
Me and all my love from home!!! The package finally made it, including 3 jars of peanut butter and letters from home!!!

Have a great week!

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