So this week was pretty much a riot.
1. Hermana Brown is awesome! I dressed up as her for Halloween, so I officially know what it's like to be the amazing Hermana Brown. We have so much fun :)
2. Remember daylight savings...and how we get to sleep in a whole hour? Yeah...we forgot :( #WeWokeUpAt5:30 It's fine. We had a great breakfast!
3. What happens when your dinner cancels? A) You end up drinking nasty Aloe drink at a member's house.. or B) Crazy Bread and FroYo #GORDAS
4. Hermana Brown straightened my hair... #selfies just because!
This week we worked a lot with members and it was super awesome! We did a lot of service and taught lots of member lessons. It paid off because we got 3 referrals and have lots of appointments for the coming week!
I love the members here so much and it's crazy because when you truly come to love a people, their pains and struggles become your own. It's sometimes hard to see people struggling with trails and addictions and heartache, but I am grateful for my testimony of the Savior which reminds me that if I do my part to help others come to Him, He will heal them.This week I was thinking about the time I have left in the mission and realized how easy it is to count the days (since math isn't really that hard when it's this close). I had that troublesome thought on my mind as I began my studies one morning...and then the thought "21 days of miracles" popped into my head. It was neat because I opened my Book of Mormon and read Alma 37:40-41, which says:
40 And it (the Liahona) did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, DAY BY DAY.
41 Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works...
Miracles happen DAY BY DAY when we act in faith and they are wrought by small and simple things. Along with this, I was reading in my journal from my first area when I was with Hermana Eastman and realized how insignificant so many little things we did seemed. Teaching Maria and reading kids books with her to help her learn English, visiting Alicia and finding out where the rest of her less active family lived, etc. After being away from Arroyo Grande so long, and hearing updates as the months have passed, I realized that some of the little things we did lead to great miracles, baptisms, reactivations, member missionary work, etc. Even though I wasn't there to do the work for many of those miracles, I am grateful to be able to see how just a few of the small things we did day by day have led to marvelous works. I am grateful to the other missionaries who have continued to work as the months have passed and I am grateful to Heavenly Father for letting me be an instrument in His hands.
I look forward to daily miracles this week and for the rest of my mission. I'm grateful for the great examples that surround me and for the love that motivates and propels this work. I love my Savior and love representing Him.
Have a good week!