Monday, January 25, 2016

Lost Scriptures

Hello everyone!!  Happy Monday!  And happy bday to my girl Britty on Friday!!!  Well we got transfer calls Saturday night and I am going to be staying here in San Martin one more transfer with my best friend Hermana Webb!  I couldn't be happier.  Although we had a rough last transfer because we struggled finding investigators, I really look forward to these next 6 weeks because I just know they are going to be full of miracles!

This week we had a really neat experience seeing the power of fasting.  My comp had lost her scriptures the day we got back from Neuquen about a week ago and we had just looked up and down to find them.  Hermana Webb decided to fast in order to find them, and just two days ago as we were contacting a neighborhood that we don't normally go to, this random lady came out of nowhere with my comp scriptures and asks, "You guys are religious, right?  Do you know anyone who has maybe lost some scriptures like these?"  It was the coolest thing ever!  The lady didn't end up wanting to talk to us about the church but it was just so cool to see how powerful fasting can be through the strength of our faith and prayers.  

Some exciting news I found out this week, Isaias, the 9 year old who was going to be baptized in el Bolson but his older brother wouldn't let him, was baptized just a few weeks ago!!  I think he got baptized the week after I left, but I am so happy for him and that his mom finally decided to support him with his decision.  So great!!

Food for thought:  For those of you who keep up with my emails, I think that y'all have noticed that I've been talking a lot about love and charity these days.  To keep the theme going, I would just like to share something about the Lord's "second great commandment."  In Matthew 22:37-39 it says:
37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart , and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind . 
38This is the first and great commandment . 
39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 
The other day I was thinking a lot about what makes a successful missionary.  After much thought, I came to the conclusion that love is what makes a missionary successful.  If a missionary truly loves the people they serve, there is nothing greater they could do.  As these thoughts were coming to my mind, I definitely got thinking about the Inalef family from el Bolson and how much I have grown to love truly love them.  So, focusing on the Lord's second great commandment, we are supposed to "love our neighbor as ourself."  With that being said, can we truly love others if we don't love ourselves?  If I want to be a good missionary and follow this commandment, can I truly love like I should if I don't love myself?  I, as I am sure all of you, have heard this commandment hundreds of times, but I have one question--Do you really love yourself?  I promise each and every one of you that as you begin to discover who you really are and see yourselves as your Heavenly Father sees you, you will have a greater capacity to love as the Savior did.  To "love thy neighbor, as thyself."  I love you all so very much and have a wonderful week!!!! :)

Hermana Anika Van Boerum
just a bunch of random pictures....lots of selfies sorry!  ;)

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