Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Pattern To Increase Your Power To Be Diligent

Alright. Lots happened this week! So let's cut to the chase! 

We went on exchanges this week with the Lacombe sisters. But his exchange was totally scary cause I HAD TO STAY IN THE AREA WITHOUT SISTER CARDONA!!!!!!!!!!

So pretty much I was freaking out cause I don't know the area very well yet. But it ended up being really great. The Lord was TOTALLY with us! We didn't get lost once and I KNOW it was because Heavenly Father was guiding me so we could get work done. :)

While on exchanges we had supper at a member's house. We showed up and they were like..."We only have grilled cheese for supper. So eat fast and we'll take you to Marble Slab for dessert." (For those of you who don't know, Marble Slab is like Canadian Cold Stone. it's just waay better...) So it was SUCH A TENDER MERCY!! I love ice cream. haha

Like I said before, the goal of this transfer is Zero To Hero. So we've been trying so hard to really get things going here. We've pretty much just been hardcore finding for the past 3 weeks. But once again, the Lord is with us. He totally blessed us for our diligence!!! Here's how:

-We finally got a lesson with a former investigator and she basically straight up told us she's ready to quite smoking and get baptized. She roped in her whole family too. So starting in 2 weeks, we'll have a family of smokers ready to quit. :) The sweetest thing happened though. After we finished teaching her, she went down to her basement and brought up 2 grocery bags filled with all kinds of food, snacks, candy, water bottles, etc. And she gave each of us one. Then she had us make 2 kinds of sandwiches for ourselves that we could eat later that day. :) #CharityNEVERFaileth

-There's a part member family in our ward and we started teaching the non-members of the family this week. The lesson was SOOOOOO good! #AllSevenHabits We were basically establishing expectations and she was like "Yeah. So we should meet every week. But after the lessons and my baptism, what happens next?" hahaha we were like AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA THE TEMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN BE WITH YOUR FAMILY FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha not quite like that. It was waaay more smooth. But yeah. She's really excited to be sealed. :)

-We had to rebuke some other missionaries for misconduct. They pretty much all hate us now. But Sister C and I have been blessed by the Lord to know that everything will be ok. We have peace in our hearts that we did all we could and it's ok that they hate us. We're here to serve Him.

-Remember all of those potentials I was so excited about 2 weeks ago? Well. They were actually home this week and we actually got their phone numbers this time... (rookie mistake on our part...) So now it will be WAAAY easier getting a hold of them for lessons. Especially since we don't have the car this week.

-I already have a tan line. :)

-We pretty much had to walk ALL OVER TOWN yesterday. And it was quite warm out. Almost at the same time, Sister C and I basically hit the wall of exhaustion. We looked at each other and I'm pretty sure we were both thinking "I need water or I will die". So we may or may not have gone water finding.....basically tracting to ask people if we can have water....#AllTimeLow

No one answered the door. Literally not a single person. For 2 hours. But it was still a testimony builder for me because I knew God was looking out for us. Later in the day, we had a SUPER SUCCESSFUL investigator lesson, and I fully believe that it was a blessing to us for diligently working earlier in the day despite such extreme thirst.

There's a talk by President Eyring where he talks a lot about diligence. It's technically for Priesthood holders. But I changed it to be for me:

"An individual who holds a share in [missionary work], and continues faithful to [her] calling, who delights [herself] continually in doing the things God requires at [her] hands, and continues through life in the performance of every duty will secure to [herself] not only the privilege of receiving, but the knowledge [of] how to receive the things of God, that [she] may know the mind of God continually.... Heavenly Father has great trust and confidence in you and has an important mission for you to fulfill. He will help you as you turn to Him.....Think of Him and how He honors you when you perform your [missionary] service. As you remember Him, you will be determined to perform that sacred service, as nearly as you can, as well and faithfully as He did. 

That can become a pattern in your life that will increase your power to be diligent."

I looooovvvve this! Diligence is sooo important!!!!! And obedience!!!!!!! This week I really regained a testimony of these principles. You will only see true joy and success in your life when you live obediently and work diligently in the gospel of Jesus Christ. For sure.

Sister Whiting

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