Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Una Semana Milagrosa!

April 20, 2015

Muy Buen Dia!! :)

Como están todos?? Espero de diez!! :) Bueno, this week has been pretty crazy! It’s been a good one! :) Last Tuesday we had to go back to the apartment around 4 so a locksmith could come and change our lock for some technical reasons. So we had borrowed the movie 17 Miracles and decided it would be a good time to watch it. (Unbeknownst to us at the time that it was against the rules, because someone told us it wasn’t and then later we found out it was....don’t worry I’ve repented jaja.) ANYWAYS....17 Miracles. I think it changed my life. I know, it’s crazy that I hadn’t seen it until now, but hey, I guess it just didn’t call my attention before because I must have been a punk. But really, it changed my life. The love I have for the pioneers is sooo much greater than what it once was. I just cried in the movie. It caused me to reflect muchisimo on their lives and sacrifices and then on my own life. It makes me think of the trials I have or have had to face and in comparison to theirs mine are nothing. Ah, I just can’t get over how beautiful the movie was. I think of everything they had to go through for their beliefs. Everything they did to build up the kingdom of God. I am literally awestruck. One lady in the film said just as she was dying that everything would be worth it if her posterity was faithful. Being a pioneer descendent, that struck me so strongly. It is my duty and responsibility to be strong and faithful. They sacrificed so much and thanks to their sacrifices, I have been given the blessings of the gospel without doing anything on my part. I will be eternally grateful for them, what they did, and to be a pioneer descendent. 

Okay, I’m going to be completely honest here, while I love love love my companion, I’m just not a fan of killing people in the mission. (in other words, be the last companion before they go home). Because honestly, it puts me kinda trunky. Ugh, the worst. I’ve been thinking a lot about the fact that I only have 4 months left and it’s sad. I’ve been thinking about what that means and if the attributes I’ve developed have been instilled in me for forever. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can still be a missionary after the mission and how I can apply the things I’ve learned about in the mission. I’ve been reflecting a lot on my own personal conversion and what not. I’ve just had a lot to think about when I talk with my companion about how the post mission life will be. I honestly don’t have very many answers, but I do know that I want to work to make sure that the person I have come to be will continue and progress after the mission as well. 

Last Saturday we met 2 people through a member, Violeta and Saul. They’re 19 and 17. They’re absolutely incredible! We met them and talked with them for like 5 minutes on Saturday and they both came to church the next day even though Saul usually plays soccer at 10am. It was a huge miracle! And Violeta was already talking about how she wants to continue learning more and then maybe one day be a missionary like us. It was absolutely beautiful! I’m so excited to see their progress! Then as we were sitting in Sacrament Meeting  a 12 year old kid walked in all alone! His name is Nestor. We met him through his member friend (see how the members are the key?) this last week. We didn’t focus too much on him because him mom wasn’t too big on the whole church idea, but then towards the end of the meeting, or like half way, his mom and little brother walk in also! It was so so nuts! Miracles all around yesterday! Oh and then he went to the Family Night we had at church! It was so so awesome! The Lord is blessing us so much!!

So this email is a little long and I don’t have much more time to write. So I’ll leave you with this quote to reflect upon by Pres. Howard W. Hunter. "A great indicator of one’s personal conversion is the desire to share the gospel with others."

I hope you all have an incredible week! Love you a fuuuuulllll!!!!! :) Remember, when we love the way the Savior does, miracles happen. And of course, Stay Anxiously Engaged!! :)

Hermana Van    

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