Monday, August 17, 2015

Week #55 *August 17, 2015

Hey everyone,

Well this week just seemed to past by so fast.  I feel like it was yesterday that I was writing home. Well this week has been pretty great.   A lot of our appointments fell which was kind of a bummer, so we have been doing a lot of contacting looking for new people to teach.  Please pray for us to find new investigators as it has been really hard to find new people this week and we really want to find some new people that we can share this glorious message with.

Marjorie is doing so great. She went to the temple with the branch this Saturday and she just seems to be beaming the more we see her, and she is so excited for her baptism.  I love working with her so much. She is seriously a missionary dream come true.  

The familia Huerta have been hard to get in to visit, so I am not sure how they are doing.  Marienela still doesn’t want to go to church but loves our message.  I think she is just scared of the changes she has to make and what the rest of her family is going to say please pray for them.

This week we have been working with a lot of less actives, which has been hard. Many of been really offended and so it has been hard for them to return.  Sitting and talking with them it has been really hard. Some of the stories they shared were truly sad.  It is amazing though to see their eyes still light up and feel with tears as we talk about the gospel.  We are helping them to really focus on eternal families and the blessing of the gospel because really that is why we sacrifice so much to live the gospel even though it is hard, because in the eternal perspective it is all worth it and all of those worldly problems we have aren’t going to matter.  We work hard in the gospel because we love God and we want to someday be able to return and live with Him and with our families forever.  I love working with Less actives as frustrating as it is, because it is truly amazing to see how they can change and the power of forgiveness.  Our Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of HIs children so much and He is very forgiving. It is never to late.  One thing that I have seen in the mission is that whether it is a member returning to the church or a baptism, the joy is the same.  In the end we are bring back lost sheep to the Lord and He loves each and everyone the same!

I truly love being a  missionary with all my heat.  Even though at times it is really hard.  The joy that I feel in even just the little changes I have seen in the lives of these people is huge and I just imagine the joy that are Heavenly Father must feel. 

I love you all so much.  Take a moment this week to try and remember the eternal perspective.  Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives that we forget that there is a bigger picture.  When we have an eternal perspective we are so much happier and we are better able to make decisions. 

Love ya,
Hermana Stringham

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