Monday, February 8, 2016

el 8 de Febrero

this week was a little interesting. the mission is looking to continue to grow 
in quantity as well as quality, so we upped the normas. we now have the
opportunity each day to have eight lessons with investigators, 5 lessons with 
converts or less actives, 26 contacts (or talking with 26 new people every day), 
with the goal in mind to have 7 in church. it was something new and challenging, 
but the lord has provided the way for it to all happen. 

this saturday we had a really neat experience. something that i have come to 
realize, here in el rosario, is that one day, there will be a stake made of the one 
area that we are in. that just tells you how gigantic our area is. we went to a new 
pueblo on wednesday but didn´t have too much success finding new people. we 
made a couple of appointments to come back, and saturday we found our way back
 out there. we have a list of all the heads of house in el rosario, so we usually carry it 
around when we go to new places, but i left it at home on accident. but we got onto 
the little moto-taxi and went on our way. a single name and a super vague direction 
came to mind, so i just trusted in the lord and away we went. we got off at what 
should have been the direction. the first house we called at, is the humble home
 of a less active family. all i said at the door was "buenas" and the sister immediately 
thought "los misioneros." the lord called us and directed us to all be there and it was
 special to be in that moment with them. we were able to talk with their non-member 
friend who was asking questions about the church at everything. and the greatest 
miracle, the daughters and the non-member friend went to church. all i got to say is 
the church is true.

a goal for the coming week is to keep hermana naumu more involved in the lessons. 
it´s a bad habit that i fell into when we were starting her training and it´s something that 
i have to change, like yesterday. 

a big success... one of our investigators knows that the restoration is real. the gospel
 has started taking root in her heart. again, all i can say is the church is true.

a tender mercy. i found this awesome quote by dallin h oaks:

::[A person may have] a strong desire to be led by the Spirit of the Lord but … unwisely 
extends that desire to the point of wanting to be led in all things. A desire to be led by 
the Lord is a strength, but it needs to be accompanied by an understanding that our 
Heavenly Father leaves many decisions for our personal choices. Personal decision making 
is one of the sources of the growth we are meant to experience in mortality. Persons who 
try to shift all decision making to the Lord and plead for revelation in every choice will 
soon find circumstances in which they pray for guidance and don’t receive it. For example, 
this is likely to occur in those numerous circumstances in which the choices are trivial or 
either choice is acceptable.

::We should study things out in our minds, using the reasoning powers our Creator has 
placed within us.Then we should pray for guidance and act upon it if we receive it. If we 
do not receive guidance, we should act upon our best judgment.::

i know that the spirit is real. he can and will direct our every footstep if we are obedient. 

i love you all. lots of hugs and kisses.
hermana graves

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