Sunday, November 16, 2014
Well this week has been quite the tormento! But life would not be quite as fun without the craziness. Also we would not be able to learn how to rely on the Lord quite as well.So we did spend almost all last week in the hospital with cute hermana Rosen. She really went through the ringer. With her blood clotting disorder, everything got more complicated. She saw a hundred doctors and about a thousand nurses. We took turns staying overnight in the hospital with her, and the other one would go out with one of the other hermanas in our branch (we have 2 trios), to get some sleep and teach some lessons, the usual. The whole ordeal was quite exhausting, but I think we all learned alot through the whole thing. First I had a ton of time to study and think and also watch church movies, so all very conducive to learning. I took the time to reflect on my mission, the things that I have learned, and set some firm goals for when I go home. I did some in depth study of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. I just want so badly to be an emissary of love for the Lord to his children. I just want to do what is right and follow my savior. I have been so blessed to see so many people make that choice to follow their Savior and witnessed how it has changed them, and everything about their lives too. I am grateful for this past week because it gave me so many opportunities to serve, and to show my love for my Savior by loving others. The good news is that Hermana Rosen is doing much much better. She just has to be careful and not lift anything at all...but she should have a full recovery. God is good, he protects us.
This week was out of control! And it also felt like a month long, but the good news is that we made it, and things are starting to calm down.So transfers were on Tuesday, and Hermana Rosen went down for a couple of days to go to the temple with the departing missionaries, so I was missing my right hand man for a few days. I stayed up here with Sister Armstrong, and we took care of business. Two sets of our sisters had to move, so we were running around like crazy. Later on Tuesday night, Hermana McRae joined us (our new compy) and we continued to run around like crazy. Wednesday we helped the sisters get settled, cleaned a disgusting used-to-be elders apartment, and taught some lessons. Thursday we got word that we are not allowed to have 6 girls in our apartment...so as soon as hermana Rosen got home we got ready to move ourselves out...still teaching lessons....Saturday we spent running around collecting furniture for all said new apartment changes, and moving ourselves in. Then we went out to dinner and taught some more lessons. It was all very eventful and by Sunday morning my cuerpo was sore in all the ways...but surprisingly still feeling upbeat! We just did work. And we were really tired. But we are all feeling much better this morning.
Okay folks, here it is, I will be spending my last transfer here in the Harrisonburg! And I am just too happy. I didn't think I was going to be transfer and I was right! So we are happy happy happy here. We are getting a new companion too, which is always exciting. Hermana Rosen is going home in the middle of the transfer, so for a few weeks we will be in a trio. The going home thing is starting to feel real, which is scary, but I am trying to sort things out so that i am not scared! I keep telling myself that it will be good to be able to come home and be a better human, and help others be better humans too. But it is still sad, and i think it will be hard.Anyway...we had another great week! We are still on the hunt for those elect, but meeting great people along the way. We have done some good quality knocking this week, and the good news is, it still works! We found this cute cute lady named Lucia, who struggles with a ton of health problems. She is older and just so fragile, and so so so excited to learn, so we jumped right on that. We found some other fun hispanics, and I remember every time how much I love them, and how they are my gente.
This week I have been studying about the Natural man, about putting off our "natural man" desires and feeding our spiritual desires. I feel like the temptations from satan are so real and so subtle, and it is too easy to act like the "natural man". I have learned that we cannot even take one day a break to strengthen our spiritual man, because any slight chance he gets he will snake his way in. I am trying hard to have enough self control to just do what God wants me to do, and not what I want to do. To react to situations the way he wants me too, to love people the way he wants me to, to be the human he wants me to. I am so grateful for my mission and for all of the things that I have learned. Living the gospel protects me. And I will never not live it, because without that protection scary scary things happen.