March 3, 2014
Where Does the Time Go?
Holy fast week, Batman! I have a fear that it will just keep getting faster. That totally terrifies me. I literally feel like there were only three days in this week instead of seven.
Anyway, I am so happy. Just want everyone to know that. I am so really truly go-to-bed-at-night-smiling happy. Yea, it’s stressful, and yea, the people need a lot of help, and the branches need everything, but it’s totally ok. Because God knows what to do, and I talk to Him all the time. Alma 37:37 is the coolest. [“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”] The stress was never mine to carry in the first place, so when I receive it, I have to hand it over to Christ, who is the true owner of all shoulder weight. Keeping it is stealing something that isn’t ours. The only good negative feelings are the ones that help us repent, and help us hand it over. Christ is the best.
I always forget all of the cool things that happen. Sorry about that. But, one cool experience that I remember happened yesterday. We had taught a less active with her non-member 12-year-old son like two times, and have tried to teach the dad too, but he never really gave us the time of day. Well, we visited their house the day after she left her family. Totally heartbreaking. But, this Sunday, the dad came to church with his kids. And in Gospel Principles he said, I need help. I want to change my life for my kids. They need this too. And he told the whole class he wanted to get baptized and be born again and leave behind his old life. Because his kids deserve better than this. How cool is that?! He said all of this after we read alma 7:11-15 with him [describing how Christ took all our pains and afflictions, but we need to repent and be born again]. So that was the second time I have given the baptismal invitation in a classroom setting. But anyway, it is incredible how God makes all things good, right?
Guisselle and her kids are doing fantastically. They are getting baptized in two weeks. It’s been almost a year since the last baptism in that branch, and they are so excited about it. Thank you for your prayers. Please keep praying for them, and for Fernando and su mama Juli,because she still isn’t giving him permission to go to church. Also, la familia Gil Lopez, and fam Farias Peña that they both can work out little marital problems and get married and baptized, and Rosa and Edgar (Edgar has read 25 pages in the Book of Mormon in one week—that is incredible here). And José Francisco. Yea, that’s good for now.
Thanks, love you so much. Thank you for your prayers and your love. It’s felt.