Monday, August 10, 2015

"Have courage for the great trials in life..."

"...patience for the small ones. When you have laboriously completed your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace--God is awake."  I was trying to think of a quote that I could put as the subject line, and my
companion told me this one. I thought it was super cute! And I love the idea that, when we have done our best and stretched to our limits, God does the rest. It's a great reminder the need to always rely on
Him.  This week was awesome. I feel like it went by slowly, but then it also feels like it was JUST Monday. We only did one exchange this week, which was nice. I stayed in Alicante, which was cool. I didn't get lost, but it was a bit of a slow week for the work.  We had a few miracles: 1. A family we hadn't seen in a while said they'd be baptized! They've had baptismal dates before, but something always happened. We asked them, "Do you feel like you have all done your part to find out if this is true?" All of them said no. So we said, "Okay. We're going to schedule another baptismal service, but you have to do your part to see if it's true." So that was cool. 2. We called one of our investigators (who isn't married, but she's Spanish and so is her boyfriend, so it's fairly easy to get married) yesterday, and told her that on Wednesday, we are going to go with her and her boyfriend and
kids to go get the papers signed to get them married, and she said yes! Yay!!! I'm excited. Anyway, I feel like we did a lot this week, but we really didn't do that much. On Tuesday, we went to an activity in the church. Here's the backstory: we were planning on doing three intercambio soldiers this week (there are three pairs of hermanas in Cartagena, and it's three hours away, so one of us just goes there for like three days and it's crazy, planning it all out). But, President Andersen came up to Alicante and Cartagena to do interviews, and so we had to postpone for two more weeks. So then, we we're going  to do only one intercambio instead, from Tuesday to Wednesday. Weekly planning is usually
Thursday's, but since before we had thought that I would be in Cartagena still on Thursday, we planned  weekly planning for Friday morning and made appointments for Thursday morning. To top it off, we had a few investigators in the hospital and went to go visit them on Tuesday, and that was a stressful experience. But the mom appreciated that we went to go see her daughter.
Okay, so that all happened before the activity on Tuesday. At the end, we were snacking, and talking to some of the other elders (we were trying to explain the mess of intercambios we had, but they weren't being very supportive), and our ward mission leader came up to us and said, "on Friday, there will be a meeting of the missionaries from the two wards and the ward mission leaders." And we said, of course, that's fine. But then he walked away and we looked at each other and were like, we are never going to plan for next week! On top of all the stress from before, it was almost too much. Our zone leader saw our faces, and he asked us what was up, and so we explained it all to him.
At the end, after listening to us explain everything, he said, "Well, I can't help you with your schedule, the two of you are going to have to do that alone. But I can tell you that you both have been called to come here at this time, to have these trials, because God needs you and knows you can do it." That was nice of him to say. And it helped us both realize that we could do it. We figured out weekly planning and the intercambio and everything went really well. But it was stressful haha.
I love and miss you all! Have a wonderful week.
Hermana Jones
This is the view from a castle in Alicante--super cool!

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