Monday, August 3, 2015

Week 52...

Duda in the White River English Ward is getting baptized August 22nd!!!! And Jaime in the Pioneer Spanish Branch is getting baptized August 29th!!!!

That's so exciting!!! Depending on what happens with transfers in two weeks I'll still be here for the baptisms or I'll have to come back for them. Either way I am going to be at both to support them! :) 

This past week we were able to have a family home evening at the mission home with President and Sister Eaton! It was so amazing! 

Originally, we wanted Omar to go but he cancelled last minute on us. :/ We were supposed to be starting at 7:30 and he cancelled on us at 6:30. And it takes 20-30 minutes to get to the mission home. 

So then we were running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to find someone to go to the lesson! It was CRAZY and we didn't want to cancel because this was a chance to have a lesson with President Eaton! That's like a chance of a lifetime as a missionary! 

Literally, I'm pretty sure we tried everyone! We even tried Algreta Swarenson who is this cute old lady we do service for. We also tried our upstairs neighbor who we have been trying to talk to. His name is Noah and he has the cutest Dog named Delis. He couldn't come with us to the lesson that night but he said he'd like to do it another time so that was good!

Anyway, so like I said we tried everyone and finally we were able to have a less active family go to the lesson with us! Their names are John and Ruth Hembree and they've been less/inactive for a long time. The lesson we had with them was all centered on the temples and then we committed them to prepare to be sealed in the temple for eternity! The spirit was so strong and they said yes! Sister Hembree was crying and Brother Hembree said the closing prayer which was a miracle! He's never done that in our lessons before. He also asked in his prayer for help and guidance to prepare to be sealed in the temple! It was so sweet and sincere! I'm excited to follow up with them!

This past Sunday was fast and testimony meeting and everyone bore such great testimonies! One recent convert bore his testimony and it was just great to see how much he's grown! In the Spanish branch I translated again. Translating is hard but I do it and I love doing it for testimony meeting! The kids in the branch always get up to bear their testimonies and it's the cutest thing! 

Also in Relief Society Hermana Sandoval gave an amazing lesson on faith! It was so prime time! I loved it and all of the women were crying!

Hermana Sandoval talked a lot about having the faith to not only believe in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ but to have the faith to trust Them. We can't say that we believe in God and then turn around and say that we can't do something that He's asked of us. That's not true faith because we don't believe that He will help us. We can't say that we have faith in Jesus Christ and then turn around and say that we have gone to far off the path and can't be forgiven of our mistakes and shortcomings. That's not true faith because we are denying the power and gift of the atonement to cleanse us from sin. 

She also went on to say that each and everyone of us needs to have the faith that we are a child of God and that we have a purpose in this life. 

I really enjoyed her lesson and I learned a lot from it. I also know that if you feel like you don't have faith or that you need "refill" of faith you should pray. A new member to the church once said that if you want to feel the spirit you need to pray. In her own words she said, "He gives free refills!" So I know that if you pray for more faith God will bless you with it and you will grow stronger! 
Here are a couple of things I love on faith! 

In Alma 32:21 in the Book of Mormon, it says, 
"And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true."

In the Bible Dictionary it says under faith that, "The Lord has revealed Himself and His perfect character, possessing in their fulness all the attributes of love, knowledge, justice, mercy, unchangeableness, power, and every other needful thing, so as to enable the mind of man to place confidence in Him without reservation. Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith (Rom. 10:14–17). Miracles do not produce faith, but strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ; in other words, faith comes by righteousness, although miracles often confirm one’s faith....
"Although faith is a gift, it must be cultured and sought after until it grows from a tiny seed to a great tree. The effects of true faith in Jesus Christ include (1) an actual knowledge that the course of life one is pursuing is acceptable to the Lord (see Heb. 11:4); (2) a reception of the blessings of the Lord that are available to man in this life; and (3) an assurance of personal salvation in the world to come. These things involve individual and personal testimony, guidance, revelation, and spiritual knowledge. Where there is true faith there are miracles, visions, dreams, healings, and all the gifts of God that He gives to His saints."

I love you all so much! On Thursday I will hit my year mark! Missions are the best! 

Hermana Soliz :) 
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