Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

I thought about not writing a letter because we just talked yesterday, but I figured that might not go over too well! Haa! This week was different, in the best way. It was different because this week changed my whole perspective on missionary work. We have been talking a a lot about faith this week, and about not doubting or complaining about the things that are happening. If we start doubting that the people we´re teaching are going to progress, they probably won´t. If we complain that we don´t have anyone to teach and we can´t find anyone to teach, we probably won´t find anyone. FAITH IS KEY! I never realized how important faith really is. It´s a subject that we talk about all the time in church, but have we ever taken the time to really study and learn what faith is really about? If by faith mountains can be moved, then sure as the sky is blue, faith can help us find new investigators!! it does no good to pray to God and ask something if we don´t believe it can actually happen. We started this week looking at everything from this brand new perspective. That everyone single one of our investigators is going to get baptized, that we´re going to be able to find the people that the Lord has prepared for us! When we complain about the situations that we´re in, we´re saying to God that we aren´t happy with what He is doing with us or where He put us. That we would rather do our own will than what He wants or knows what´s best for us. More power than we know comes from faith, and there are countless examples of that in el libro de mormon. We have to BELIEVE that when we ask, we will receive! This is our Heavenly Father, the most powerful being that we´re talking about here! The being that just by his word alone, worlds were created. How can we doubt this miraculous power?

    One of the best things that I´ve been able to see this week is the change that people have been making in their lives. Sometimes it´s not a huge change, but little things, like everytime we go they are a little bit more open to listening to the spirit and what we have to say. A little bit more less argumentative and willing to accept and do what the Lord asks them to do. This gospel changes people´s lives, and true conversion is true change. Change that lasts because the closer that we get to our Heavenly Father, the better we want to be. We have this less active girl named Juliana. She´s 22 and has a little boy named Axel. Her dad is named Eduardo and her mom died about 2 years ago. Her mom and Dad were sealed in the temple and baptized more than 20 years ago. When Juliana was a teenager, her parents started drinking and smoking and eventually left the church. Juliana moved out when she was 16 and began to live a pretty rough life. She returned home, and by this time her mom had cancer and was dying. We started just visiting Juliana first. She told us that she wants to come to church and return, but there are some hard feelings and things about what happened with her parents. She knows it´s the best thing for her son though. After a little time we met Eduardo, her dad. The first lesson we had with him was....awful. He wouldn´t listen to anything we were trying to say and all he had to say were bad things about the church. We´ve been visiting them for about the last month now and the change we´ve seen is incredible. This last week we came by to visit Juliana and we were singing a hymn, the favorite of her mom. While we were singing Eduardo came home. For once he didn´t say an anything, and just stood in the door listening. Then he came around behind Juliana and joined us in singing. Afterwards we had the best lesson ever. Instead of arguing with us, he actually listened. He´s starting making those first little steps and it´s incredible. I had to kind of chasten myself with the lack of faith that I had in that he would progress. We are all God´s children and he wants ALL of us to return to live with him. I think I´ve already mentioned this quote, but I´m going to say it again. It´s from D. Todd Christofferson in the last conference. He said, "No one is predestined to receive less than all the father has." Have a great week!
Hermana Feldermann

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