From May 4th
Hermana Morales and I had a really great week. We have found lots of new people to teach, 17 this week alone. 6 people came to church on sunday that had never gone to church with us before! It was awesome. Our investigators are progressing. Hna Morales is really finishing her mission strong, which is what we all need to do. It will be sad to see her go. The time is passing to fast...
Oh one of my invesitgators from la Esperanza was baptized this last weekend!!! Fabiola :)) she has 15 years old, she went from telling us to being BAPTIZED in our Lords true church. I love how the gospel changes lives. I LOVE IT. The parents of Ingrid are also preparing for their wedding and they will be married and baptized this month!! And Maritza, who was baptized with me and hna Groll last May, is Primary President!!! :D she will go through the temple this month for her endowments too when the temple opens the 18th :))
My area is huge. Mountains after mountains. Its beautiful, but its really exhausting. Ive never been so tired in my life. I feel like when I get home I am going to sleep for a solid 3 days. But I know that we are blessed for moving forward and working despite the difficulties. There are people here who need to hear the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I want to talk about Nicolas. Who is Nicolas? He is a missionary who just got home from his mission the day my comp and I were assigned to this area. I have never met someone so truly CONVERTED to the gospel. He is always willing to help us. His testimony is so strong and radiates and he has been taking us to all his friends to teach them. He really had a true conversion on the mission. In contrast, there is a returned sister missionary from the other branch that we share a building (got home the same week as nicolas) with who hides from the missionaries when they want her to visit with them.
I have learned a lot from these two examples. I have learned that I need to work more on my personal conversion so what when I get home, I will be like Nicolas, and not like the other. I need to be more humble. I need to study the Atonement more. I only have 3.5 months left in this country as a full time missionary and I need to step it up.
Theres a difference between being a talented missionary and being a converted, consecrated missionary. You can be both. The second is humble.
I have been thinking a lot about 2 Nephi 4 lately. Its so powerful. Even a strong, righteous prophet of God like Nephi realized he is really nothing, and that we are nothing without God. its really humbling. Please read it -
16 Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.
17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.
19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.
20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.
21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.
22 He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me.
23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night-time.
24 And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him; yea, my voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and ministered unto me.
25 And upon the wings of his Spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceedingly high mountains. And mine eyes have beheld great things, yea, even too great for man; therefore I was bidden that I should not write them.
26 O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions?
27 And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?
28 Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.
29 Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions.
30 Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
31 O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin?
32 May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I may walk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in the plain road!
33 O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies! Wilt thou make my path straight before me! Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way—but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy.
34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
35 Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.
I know that my Redeemer LIVES. And I love Him.
all my love, hermanita steele