Salut family and friends!!!
I hope you are all having a great week! This has been another fantastic week! We have had a lot of great lessons with our investigators and have visited lots of less actives. We have four Haitian investigators right now and they all came to church this last week. It was so funny because our Gospel Principles class was made up of 4 Haitians, 3 Latinos, and one white person, me!:) It was a really good Sunday full of the spirit. I was able to share my farewell testimony in the YSA branch. I just love this branch and I am going to miss them all so very much! They are like family for me. The member’s testimonies have really helped me so much. The members in the YSA have shown me what kind of member I want to be when I return home.
Many of the members have been helping us so much lately. I feel so thankful for their help and support. The whole YSA has been super stressed this last week and this next week because they are studying for finals. It really touches me to see how so many still want to come help the sister missionaries on top of studying for exams!
The members are super distracting though. All they can talk about is how I am leaving this next week!! All the return missionaries want to give me their advice. I love it..haha! I also found out one of the members in the branch served his mission back home in West Valley City! Ha!, I didn’t even know this the whole time I was serving here. It’s funny because I know exactly where he lived, people he taught that went to high school with me, and all the places he would go to eat!
Well, the end is coming just around the corner, but I am trying my hardest to stay focused and be more dedicated than ever! It is interesting how the Lord tests your faith right till the end. Sister Neri and I have been blessed sooo much this last transfer, but we have also faced a lot of heartbreak and trials. We just keep going till the end! Sister Neri has taught me so much about perseverance and faith. I can’t imagine having any other companion than her. She is just who I needed right at the end to keep me going. I have felt the faith in my Lord, Jesus Christ grow more than ever during my mission. I put my trust in Him every morning I wake up. I know he will bless and support us in all our efforts. This quote really touched me from a talk I read this last week by Elder Neil Andersen, “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not something ethereal, floating loosely in the air. Faith does not fall upon us by chance or stay with us by birthright. It is, as the scriptures say, “substance … , the evidence of things not seen.” Faith emits a spiritual light, and that light is discernible. Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it. Your faith is either growing stronger or becoming weaker. Faith is a principle of power, important not only in this life but also in our progression beyond the veil. By the grace of Christ, we will one day be saved through faith on His name. The future of your faith is not by chance, but by choice.”
I am so thankful for my Savior’s love, grace, and mercy. I know I can find strength through Christ daily. I know that faith is a choice and we can grow it daily through the small and simple choices we make. I know as we turn to our Savior daily through prayer, scripture study, and obedience that our faith will become strong and unbreakable. I know that our Heavenly Father is there and listens to all our prayers no matter how small or big. We are his children and He loves us.
Well, I love you all and hope you have a beautiful week!!