Monday, May 18, 2015

"Compared to me, you and your companion aren't that different."

So, there´s this story about a missionary. He was obedient and happy and diligent and everything that a mission president wants in his missionaries. One transfer, he got paired with a missionary who was completely the opposite: lazy and pessimistic and selfish and who didn´t want to work. The first missionary had such a hard time--he struggled helping this missionary to find joy in missionary work, but he felt dragged down by his companion. One day he and his companion were riding their bikes, and the second missionary stopped, got off, sat down on the sidewalk and wouldn´t move. The first missionary prayed in his head, ¨Heavenly Father, how can I do this? I have to drag him everywhere, and his attitude isn´t good, and he doesn´t do missionary work well.¨ He heard a thought in his mind, as if it came from God: ¨Compared to me, you and your companion aren´t so different.¨

I was struck by that. In the grand scheme of things, there are no ¨investigators¨ and missionaries. We´re all investigators, compared with God. We´re all trying to get back to Him, and even though some are a bit farther along in the path, we are all there together. This missionary and his companion were trying to get back to God, in different ways and at different speeds, but they were both trying.


My week was GREAT. On Monday and Tuesday was the Missionary Leadership Council, when the leaders in the mission get together and we talk about what our missionaries need. It´s really spiritual, and you can feel how much love President Deere has for all of us.

So that was fun. And then on Tuesday afternoon we did exchanges with another pair of sisters here in Malaga who are AMAZING. I really enjoyed it, and I thought about how blessed I am to be able to go and visit all these areas and meet all these new people and learn from and help other missionaries. It´s the best!

And then, on Friday, we had a Zone Meeting. We had to prepare a talk for it, which is always interesting haha. And then night before, some sister missionaries came and spent the night in our apartment because they lived far away. One of their birthdays was that day, so we had a mini party (with weird spanish birthday cake and pudding). We got up early the next morning to play soccer with our zone, and it was super fun!

And then we had a miracle: On Saturday we were walking in the street, and saw a little older lady carrying groceries, and so we offered to help her with them. She said, ¨No, thank you, but I´m a member of this church.¨ Apparently she went out of the country for four years (and just moved back LAST MONTH) and hasn´t been able to go to church, but she wants to. So that was super cool! She didn´t end up coming on Sunday, but next week she will :)

So, all in all, it was an awesome day! But Sunday was really cool: it was the 17th of May. 12 years ago from that date, I was baptized. And 1 year ago from that date, I went to the temple. It´s a special day!

I love and miss you all! I hope you have a great week.


Hermana Jones

PS Here´s a cool quote from President Hinckley: “Now, my brethren and sisters, the time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a season to be strong. It is a time to move forward without hesitation, knowing well the meaning, the breadth, and the importance of our mission. It is a time to do what is right regardless of the consequences that might follow. It is a time to be found keeping the commandments. It is a season to reach out with kindness and love to those in distress and to those who are wandering in darkness and pain. It is a time to be considerate and good, decent and courteous toward one another in all of our relationships. In other words, to become more Christlike.”

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