Monday, February 2, 2015

Milagros (Miracles!)

Okay so first off, the question mark on this keyboard doesn´t work so when I say ¨ (Q mark)¨ that means that I want to put a question mark there hahahah.  So sorry! Also, so sorry that my emails are always so scattered, hope they make a little sense!

This week we had exchanges with the SIster Training leaders!  Hermana Perez went with Hermana Roja and Hermana Gil came to Godoy A to work with me for one day!  I learned a ton working with Hna Gil on Friday and one of my favorite things she taught me is how I can bring the Spirit into our lessons more.  She said that during lessons, instead of worrying about what I am going to say, I should be praying for my companion.  When my companion is talking in the lessons, I should pray for her because prays are more effective when we pray for someone else than when we pray for ourselves.  So cool.  Not only will it bring the Spirit more but it will bring more unity into the companionship as well.

On Tuesday I started feeling sick and I figure it was because sometimes people here serve us water from the sink (which we aren´t supposed to drink water from the sink). Anyway, I decided to drink tons and tons of water from our water jug in the pension to wash out the bacteria from my system.  On Friday the water jug ran out and when we went to change it, we found blue and green MOLD all through our filter!!  Oh man.  It was so nasty.  But now we have a clean filter, I found the source to my sickness, and I am feeling better now with the wonderful pills I bought the other day haha :) 

Saturday we had an activity with the young men and young women in our ward.  It was split into 3 parts: one activity planned my the missionaries, one by the YW leaders, and one by the YM leaders.  The missionaries planned a bunch of ¨ minute to win it¨ games, the YM presidency did ping pong and a water balloon fight (it was 100 degrees that day), and the YW presidency did a cake decorating contest! (mom, remember when we did a cake decorating contest for mutual(Q mark) I brought this idea up and the YW presidency loved it so they did it for their activity!)  Anwyay, the activity was a hit and we had 14 young members and investigators show up!!

Last week in  President Lovell´s weekly letter he said, ¨The adversary tries to convince us that God isn´t a God of miracles.  There are many challenges and difficulties in the world.  There are many that suffer and ask him for more help from the Lord.  But God is a God of miracles.  We live in a world of miracles in the mission field.  Remember that miracles are to confirm our faith, not to give us faith.  Miracles are manifestations of our faith.¨ I love this so much--really every week is a week of miracles here, but his week I put it to the test by showing my faith to my Heavenly Father.  I saw many miracles:  The great big smile on Cristina´s face when we talked about her baptism in 3 weeks, the glimpse of hope Maria Laura had when we told her that she can follow the example of Christ by being baptized, the Spirit I felt when I bore my testimony to Maria Ochoa about the relationship we can create with Christ when we read the Book of Mormon, being able to share the Plan of Salvation with Karla and Leonel who don´t believe there is a God, and so many more.  I have a true testimony of Miracles and the hand of God in our lives.  I know that Heavenly Father is just waiting for us to put our faith in him so he can show us miracles.  I feel so blessed to live in a world of miracles in the mission field but I know you are all living in a world of miracles as well.  I challenge you all to put your faith in God this week and really try to see his hands working in your lives and the lives around you.  You will see miracles!!

Hope you all have an awesome awesome week and avoid drinking water with mold in it ;) love you all so much!  

Hermana Van Boerum

Quote/Scripture of the week:
 22 Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall begiven to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance.


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