so this week we have seen A LOT of miracles. We have literally been working so hard to find a family to teach. One day we dedicaded an hour specifically to finding a family. We said a very specific prayer and had so much faith that we would find a family. I kept having this feeling that we needed to find the family with the green door. So we knocked for an hour and a half and talked with a lot of people. How many people did we find?ZERO. I was feeling pretty down about it. But my darling hija helped me out. I feel like i am learning so so much this transfer and i am loving it!
So anyways ya about two days later we were looking for someone that we had contacted and i saw this girl with two kids. She almost walked past us, but i felt like i should talk with her. The next day we went to her house where she lives with her husband and three kids. They told us all about their family, and it was obvious that God and their family were really important to them. We sat there in awe as they told us about how unified they were etc. etc. (which there arent many families like that in Ecuador). So when we started the lesson I asked them if there was anything they wanted me to ask in specific in the prayer. The mom said that they are always united as a family. At first i thought that she said that just so that they could continue strengthening the already very strong bond they had formed as a family. But throughout the prayer i just felt like i needed to ask her why she wanted that blessing. They proceeded to tell us that they really werent all that unified as a family, and that they had been praying for some sort of help. Ok rewind a little.... Before the lesson they kept asking us if we missed our families, and we kept telling them that yes of course we miss our families, but that we love our missions and we dont miss them too much. They just couldnt seem to believe that we didnt miss our families! Ok fast forward so I felt very strongly to tell them about how in my family, sometimes we fight too, but that it is never something that lasts... because we have an eternal perspective. I got pretty emotional as i testified of eternal families and how the reason i dont miss my family too much out here in the mission field is because i have that eternal perspective and i know that i will be with them forever. They accpeted a baptismal date and i am so so excited to continue teaching them.
(Our zone- we are the only hermanas)
Sorry a long story but now i have another one. Awhile ago we contacted a young mom with her two kids. We kept trying to find her these last two weeks and finally we found her! She got married really young, had two kids, and then her husband left her. When we started the lesson her mom cried and told us that her daughter is atheist Narsica is the mom and Carolina is the daughter). So i aked Carolina if she was atheist and she was like "i dont know." At this point the spirit was prompting me big time to talk about how lots of times we make mistakes, and that this mistakes bring feelings of guilt- but that through Christ we can be free from this guilt and start over. She began to cry and told us she wants to start from zero. We talked about baptism and she accepted a date!
I have felt the spirit so strongly this week. Hermana Maldonado and I are really growing so much together and learning so much about listening to the spirit. We are learning to teach as simply and powerfully as possible... and it is working! I am loving life!
This week i was reading a talk from Dallin H. Oaks. He talks about our desires. I remember a letter i got from Paige awhile ago. She told me that she has lots of desires for her life, but sometimes her actions dont reflect those desires. I remember reading that letter feeling as though the spirit had prompted her to write that... because i feel like i have so many righteous desires, but sometimes my actions dont reflect that i have these desires! So anyways Elder Oaks says that if we have righteous desires, we will recieve the promised blessings with this simple formula.
I love the story of the father of king Lamoni. Aaron teaches him and the king has desires to know more, as the words of Aaron touch his heart, his faith grows and he says that he will abandon all of his sins to know God... he commits to labor, in order to fufil his desire (to know God). And after he recieves the promised blessing. His sins are forgiven and he is converted to the gospel.
May we all be like the king in this story! We all have righteous desires, but what are we willing to do so that our desires are fufilled? Are we willing to act? To build our faith? I know that if we so what the Lord asks of us, we will ALWAYS recieve that promised blessings. Oh how i love my Father in Heaven! And how i love each and every one of you.
Have a beautiful and happy week!
Isn't Ambato beautiful?!