Monday, January 12, 2015

Only a little time

  I don´t have a ton of time to write this week because we just got a call saying that we need to return to pension to greet a hermana that´s coming to stay with us for the night. This week has been crazy in so many ways! We kept contacting a lot of people this week that were atheists...and not really passive atheists either if you know what I mean. It´s funny, because a lot of times when people try to argue with us about religion and God and things like that, my testimony just gets stronger and stronger because we can offer something that no one else can. The opportunity to search, and find out the truth for yourself. If a person honestly wants to know, they can know whether the church is true and whether God really exists or not. What an amazing promise.

    This week we found this wonderful woman named Aurora. She´s from Spain and has this little 5 year old daughter named Mía. We taught her the first lesson and her daughter was watching as well. When we were about to start to talk about Joseph Smith and the First Vision we flipped to the page in the pamphlet and before we even said a word Mía goes, "Look! It´s God! And there´s another man with him! It´s Jesus!" Wow! So crazy right? Then she points at the page again and goes, "And look! There´s a man that saw them!". Wow, what did we have left to teach after that? It was amazing, and we were just amazed by what happened. 
     This week was the week of my first transfer! All weekend we had other hermanas staying in our pension. On Friday night we got 6 more hermanas that were just ending their missions. They had the chance to tour the capital and go to the temple before going home and they stayed with us. Then last night we had 4 more hermanas come in from the coast and stay with us for transfers. We have the privilege of being able to attend the transfer meeting today because we house all the hermanas that come in our pension. It was so neat. We got to hear the testimonies of the missionaries that left to go back home today, and see about half of the rest of the mission!

    Something I learned a lot about this week was pride. There are so many inactive members around here that have left the church because someone said something that offended them, or did something that they took to be offensive. Pride, if we allow it, will be our biggest downfall. When we allow ourselves to be offended by someone, we are allowing ourselves to be drawn farther away from Christ. The scriptures teach us to forgive 70 times 7 and that "I the Lord will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men." Forgiveness is an amazing gift that we can give to others and to ourselves. Nothing is more freeing than being forgiven, whether we've  wronged other people or things we´ve done wrong ourselves. To be like Christ is to be forgiving, always. When someone offends them, forgive them for the offense and move on. We are not perfect, and everyone, everyone will offend someone or be offended at some point in their lives. I like to question, what is more important? Our knowledge of the Savior and His Atonement and how we´ve been forgiven for what we´ve done wrong, or that our own pride was hurt, when we have nothing to be prideful about in the first place because everything that we have, has been given to us by God? The only thing we have that is truly ours and God has no influence over is our agency. The choice is always ours. What a blessing the Atonement is, that we can be forgiven so we can also forgive others.

Con amor,
Hermana Feldermann

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