Monday, February 22, 2016


Hey everybody! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend last week and had lots of fun.  This week was pretty good to us here in San Martin and we are seeing lots of progress with our 10 year old investigator, Kiara.  Yesterday she had a great day at church and then in the afternoon we got to teach her and her friend, Florencia!  The lesson went super well but what impressed us most was when Kiara basically taught the entire first lesson to her friend!  It was super cool because all this time we had thought that Kiara didn't understand too much. or that the things we taught her just didn't "stick."  But Kiara totally surprised us as she sat there for 10 minutes explaining the first vision and Christ's baptism, with the pamphlets we had given to her last week!!  It was one of the sweetest thing I have ever seen and the spirit was so strong as Kiara closed the lesson with a beautiful prayer.  I just know with all my heart that this little girl is ready to be baptized, now the only obstacle is going to be getting permission from her father.  But we know that with lots of prayers and faith it will happen!! I sure love the work of the Lord.

Alrighty friends and family, this week I want to share this wonderful poem written by John Bytheway that I heard while listening to one of his talks.  I really loved it and it helps me realize how truly special each and every one of us are.

Did you ever go up to the fun house to play, and look in the mirrors there?
They bend up your face and widen your waist and alter the shape of your hair.  
And in one place you're as huge as a hot air ballon, in another as thin as a stick.  
At first you're as slim as a telephone pole and everywhere else you are thick.
Some people are mirrors reflecting to us an image we really are not.  
If we think that those mirrors are telling the truth, we've been blinded to all that we've got.
Some might say that we're awnry or stupid or weird, some might say that we're stuck up or fat.
But in others you'll view a reflection of you that doesn't have any of that.  
Who are the best mirrors that you and I have? Who gives us a reflection that's true? 
Who sees us for all that is hidden inside?  Your Father in Heaven, that's who.  
You've also got teachers and parents and friends, whose reflections are true and correct.  
When peers say you're homely or haughty or dumb, God says "You're my child, you're elect." 
So get out some paper and pick up a pen and write down what others may say.
Then turn the page over and fill it with things the Lord and the prophets convey.  
On one side you'll have all that others have said, some true, some are hard to conceive.  
Then turn to God's side and ask yourself--"Which side am I going to believe?"

by John Bytheway :)

Which side are YOU going to believe?? I know that God loves us and has given each of us divine, special qualities.  We have to remember that we are all His children, elect individuals with a great individual worth.

I love you all!!!
Hermana Anika Van Boerum 💙💛

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