Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 28, 2013 -- I Love Tough Things!!

HOLA Familia.

Entonces, first you should know that that is one of our mission themes: "I love tough things!" This statement has definitely helped me this week.  It is kind of hard to learn how to react well to things that you don't have ANY control over!  I know that is one reason I am here is to learn how to let it all go, and know Heavenly Father is in control.

 This week we were with the Elders at a part-member family's home for dinner.  The grandma, who was Less Active loved music, and the non-member husband was in the next room.  We hardly had time for a real lesson after dinner, and so Elder Anderson suggested we sing a song instead.  The grandma was delighted, we sang for them and the Spirit was so strong! And guess what?  Because we sang "Joseph Smiths First Prayer", the husband was got to hear our message, even though he wasn't in the room.

Yesterday I was able to speak in church, which went well, and afterward the 11 yr old investigators Haley and Kaley gave me the sweetest hugs. They are quickly progressing and understanding, but please continue to pray for those girls!  We got a new investigator named Ronny, who is very open to the church, and aware of God's hand in his life.  He is pretty great and I'm excited to keep teaching him. Last week we almost dropped an investigator Felicia because she hadn't responded to any calls/texts/anything for a week.  But we got to see her last night, and boy am I glad we didn't give up on her!  Her countenance had ENTIRELY changed.  We asked her to tell us what had happened and she told us a whole story--basically her boyfriend had been making bad decisions and she didn't know what to do, but she said that she "gave it all to God."  She looked and acted like a different person!  And she turned to the book of Mormon in this time of trial, and was able to find comfort.  I am soooooo excited to teach her again tonight!

We were talking with a recent convert this week before she went to on a trip to visit her boyfriend. We asked, "Miranda, what is the law of chastity to you?" She simply replied, "It is Sufferin'!" Haha we had a pretty good laugh about that one.  But in all seriousness, I am learning a lot about and gaining a testimony in the law of chastity.  It is one that you can directly see the blessings in your life when you obey it and directly see the trials that come from disobeying it when you don't!   In that way this principle is easy to understand, but the way that Satan uses it, messing with our minds, tearing families apart is not as easy to understand. The adversary is so real, and I know this because I've seen it this week in people that are so strong in faith, but give in to temptation.  But through the Savior's Atonement, I know everything can be made better!

Love you all so much!  Thank you for all your prayers and support!

Love Hermana Collier

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