Monday, June 16, 2014

16s I'm really enjoying myself here

This week was an adventure. We had multi zone conference which took up almost an entire day, we were sent home early by our zone leaders another day, we had J's BAPTISM!!!!, and yesterday we had a multi zone activity. So we basically lost four days of real missionary work this week, so our 'dats' (data/stats) were super low. But were gonna make up for it I promise. Were working real hard in this dang area. Its just characteristically hard to baptize. But it doesn't matter. We have had success and we are gonna have even more. 

One little thing before the big message, Banana Soda. I love it.

I really love my companion. We are learning lots from each other and she has been a wonderful trainer and a wonderful friend.
So the multi zone activity was like a night of music and testimonies to bring our investigators to. It was aweeesome and so spiritual. Hermana Groll and I started everything off singing ¨More Holiness Give Me¨(but in Spanish of course) and it went really well. It brought the spirit immediately. The whole night was wonderful. I love Jesus. haha
Everyone mentions my blue eyes. The other day we were with a member and I saw a pretty blue butterfly and was like ¨Mire que bonita!!!!!!!¨ and she's like ¨it flew out of your eyes¨ and I died laughing. That's what happens when I come to a country filled with ojos cafes.
We didn't get to meet with Gudalupe this last week dangit. She was busy fixing up her house and finally moving in. This week.
<B>. I don't think there is anything more we can do. 4 baptismal dates, countless visits, countless prayers, countless effort, (countless monies spent on taxis too haha) but en serio. I really believe at one moment she was prepared, but something went wrong on her end. She is set in her mind that she just can't do it. So thats the end of that.
We met a wonderful woman named Marlene. Ill tell you more about her as we continue to teach her, but in short, she is a single mom with three loving children. She has already accepted our challenge to be baptized and loved our lesson on the Restoration. I LOVE HER!!!

I want to share something I learned this week in personal study. For some reason I had been fascinated with the story of Peter walking on water. It is a story I have always wondered about throughout my life and I wish I would have understood it sooner.
The story is in Matthew 14:24-33. Ill just share some of my insights for sake of time. The thing that has struck me for years is when Jesus says ¨O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?¨ This always confused me. Peter was an apostle. Peter had lots of faith. He exercised
tons of faith just asking for Christ to call him out on the water. But, he obviously lost faith since he started to sink. Why did Peter lose faith even though Christ was RIGHT THERE? RIGHT THERE. right there in front of him and he still lost faith. Why did Christ stop the wind and the waves AFTER they were both safe in the boat, and not before to help Peter walk on the water to Christ?
We all lose faith sometimes even when Christ is RIGHT THERE. even when he is influencing our lives an incredible amount. This happens when we look away from Christ. When we look at the wind and the waves. When we pay more attention to walking on the water than getting to Christ. Christ didnt stop the wind and the waves until Peter was safe on the boat because we need trials of our faith. If everything was easy, why would we need Christ?
This next week, I challenge all of you to focus on Christ rather than focusing on walking on water. Walking on water can be work, school, any endeavour you are pursuing in your life. We fall when we focus more on this than Christ. 

Keep your focus on walking on the water, and you will fall.
Keep your focus on Christ, and you will be able to walk on water.
Peter left the boat not to walk on water, but to go to Christ. 
I love you all!!!!! so much! pray lots and remember Christ is there when you need Him, when you call for Him, when you accept Him.
Honduras is great.

hermanita steele

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