Hello to all!
I want to start with a scripture I read this week- 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” Can you imagine seeing through the eyes of God? He doesn’t care about the silly things that we often put so much time into. He just sees where our hearts are. And I’m obsessed with the human heart! It was the coolest thing to be able to actually hold one in anatomy last year. See how it works, and what a perfect creation of God it is. And now as I’m studying the scriptures in the mission, I’ve been looking for when it references to the heart. It’s where our hearts are that matter.
This week we had the coolest opportunity to listen to a worldwide training meeting for all the missionaries. Elder Bednar told us that our duty as missionaries is to bring the message of Christ to the hearts of others. We can bring it to the hearts, and it is there choice to accept it or not.
At the beginning of the year, the leaders of the ward gave us 10 names of members that have fallen away from the church, but they felt inspired we should work with. So we have been working diligently to find and serve these women. One woman’s name is Miriam. I don’t know how much I have talked about her before, but I just absolutely adore her! She is in her mid-60s and is from Barcelona. She loves watching her “novella” every day at 5 o’ clock in her pj’s and taking in the sun every morning. If we ever wonder where she is, we just think where the sun is hitting strongest in Azuqueca and she is always nearby, haha. About 10 years ago, she lost the ability to elevate her arms. Due to work, and problems in her family, she lost sight of the Gospel. We have been teaching her the lessons again, walking her to doctors’ appointments and so forth, and I love how excited she is now to learn. Yesterday, after 19 years, she came to church for the first time! It was a big deal for her to get there, and sitting there taking the Sacrament, I was so proud to look over next to me and see her. We brought the message to her heart, and she has accepted it. And now she is the happiest she has been in a long time! After a couple of days full of gray skies, the sun shone so bright in Azuqueca. I was positive that was God saying He was happy she came to His house that day.
Well, as always, I wish I could share more. We got to go to a pueblo called Camarma and visit a friend named Adrian. There aren’t any missionaries or members of the church there, so it is amazing to see the Gospel spreading forth.
Our best member friend moves to England today, so we are sending her off at the airport with her family.
The elders and us are busy planning an event at an old folks home this Friday. We are re-enacting X Factor, and needless to say the rehearsals have been pretty interesting.
The trio is going good. It’s an interesting mix with an Hermana from Ecuador, Scotland, and one proud Texan. And I sure am learning a lot from the 2 of them, one of them being that the 3 of us don’t fit very well on the side walk, haha.
But being serious, with this as the last week before transfers, we will enjoy every minute together. I’m so grateful to be a missionary. I was reminded that again watching the training with our zone. The little, tiny contribution I am making is just a part of the other 75,000 missionaries that go out every day with the same faith and determination. How incredible is the work of the Lord!
Have an awesome week!
P.S. Happy birthday Jordan 🎈