Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Week 6, Once Again (march 19th-25th)

can you believe that 6 weeks have already passed?  (6 weeks from what?  Um since the transfer began... :) )
This week was a wonderful week.  Since I last wrote, we went to Saddleblanket (on Tuesday), had awesome lessons, had exchanges and overall just had a wonderful week. 
Saddleblanket:  It's just like El Paso Connection, but a different place.  That's where the pictures are from.  But yes, it was really cool :) Enjoy the pictures.
Exchanges:  I went to the Sister Training Leader's area with Hermana Cederquist.  It was such a great experience.  We had a couple lessons and taught some really cool people.  It was a great experience for me too, because I came to the realization that with this up coming transfer, I will be happy with whatever happens.  Happiness is a decision we make and on exchanges I made the decision to be happy no matter what happens.  I'm sorry to leave my area if that's what's to happen, but I'm excited to meet new people if it's my time to leave.  What a blessing transfers will be.
On Saturday we had a call from one of our less active, recently coming back sisters.  Her 97 year old husband had passed away that morning and so we went over and helped comfort her.  We talked about eternal marriage and the ability she still has to one day be sealed to her husband and to see him again.  What a blessing the plan of salvation.  To know that we have a purpose in this life, that there is a purpose in everything that happens and that there is a life after, where we will continue living with our families.  What a better motivation to live righteously, that our families can be together forever.
And yesterday we had some awesome family home evening lessons.  Have you all seen the grow pots in the dollar section of Target?  Well, they're amazing.  And a gift from God.  For a dollar you get a little pot, dirt, and seeds.  But the great thing about it, is that the dirt is dehydrated or something like that.  So you teach faith using Alma 32:28.  
Now, we will compare the word unto a aseed. Now, if ye give place, that a bseed may be planted in your cheart, (where do we need to plant our seeds of faith?  In our heart... so then use the pots.  They can be your heart) behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your dunbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to eenlighten my funderstanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
And then the you grow the dirt, putting it in and the dirt can be like going to church.  And then you have the seeds (your faith).  And then you have to give the seeds light and water everyday, so like prayer and scripture study. 
How great is Target?  They have this faith thing all down :)  We currently have strawberries in our apartment, but we've down this lesson a couple times and we have less actives growing all sorts of different flowers :)
But here's another great thing I learned about faith this week. :) In my studies, I've been studying the section of Preach My Gospel on effective studies.  Well, through out the section, there are suggestions for personal study activities, and one of them is reading scriptures and then applying it to your life.  So I studied the section on faith (Alma 32:21-43).  It talks a lot about faith and how we can plant and increase our faith, but you can totally apply it to anything else in life.  Let's say you want to become a certain person, or you have certain goals.  If you apply the same principles that Alma teaches, then anything is possible.  You first have to have a desire, then you have to be able to put it into action.  I think the most important part though is when we have to keeps nourishing our seeds and trusting that they are good.  With decisions in life, it's not if they're not good or not, but whether if they're the most perfect thing we can be doing, the thing that Heavenly Father wants us to do, over what we possibly want to do.  Sometimes, that's the hardest, is just pushing past our desires and focusing on God's plan.  But when we get to this point, than we find true happiness in what we do. 

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