My beloved companion, Hermana Clawson, left me yesterday and will be going home tomorrow! Poor thing, she has to start classes they day after she gets home. But hey, gotta follow that personal revelation.
For now I’m with the Hermanas from Ovalle Sur until cambios. Yesterday Presidente called Hna Sneddon and called her as an Hermana Lider! A few hours later we get the call with the cambios, and I’m staying here and my companion is none other than… Hermana Sneddon! I already love that girl and it makes cambios easy because I’m already with her, we just have to move her suitcases across town. Other exciting news from the cambios: Presidente is opening a little pueblo called Conbarbala. It’s right on the Andes, almost in Argentina. They’ll be part of Ovalle. An adventure for sure!
This week was a really good one. After the all the craziness of new Years, we found these cute little grandparents named Emelinda and Horacio. They are so cute. This time of year almost every house offers us a quarter of a watermelon. and they eat it on a dessert plate with a spoon. We met their grandaughter and she is super receptive! I don’t know if her grandparents understood us, but she did and was really excited to read the Book of Mormon.
I’ve been really happy here in Limari, but I just wasn’t feeling the same joy that I had felt before. After studying Preach my Gospel, it became obvious that I wasn’t feeling the Spirit work through me like before. I decided that for one day I was going to write down everytime I felt the Spirit. I don’t know if I was just more aware of the impressions I was receiving or if because I was more grateful for the guidance I was receiving the Lord gave me more, but it was one of the best days of my mission. We were able to visit and help a lot of people and they were all short visits, but incredibly powerful. At the end of the day I felt like we should visit the branch president’s house. It didn’t seem like the most efficient thing to do because he’s obviously most an investigator, but we went anyway. We found his wife home alone with their newborn baby crying. We listened to her and I felt so much empathy for her and her challenges. I was frantically thinking of what scripture I could share. Nothing came to mind, but I opened my scriptures with faith. Instantly a scripture came to mind; Alma 38:12
Use aboldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness.
This week as I’ve been studying and asking the Lord to help me know how to help these people, it always comes back to love. I had another experience with Marta who has been an investigator for a while now and just isn’t progressing. I was able to take a minute to stop worrying so much about what the Spirit wants me to say and just love her, and the words and scriptures came. Yesterday she came to church by herself for the first time!
Maria and Daniela and Belen, and family that I love to death, but we lost contact during the holidays, made a big goodbye dinner for Hna Clawson, complete with asado. And they came to church! We had investigators at church for the first time this cambio, if not longer.
This cambio will bring miracles, sí o sí. Love you! I hope you can do something to recognize when the Spirit is helping you this week!
PS I ate chicken liver this week. Officially don’t like it.
(Sent Jan 8)