we met a single mom this week named Ana. (she is friends with a member in our ward and she and her daughter came to general conference. and we were finally able to have a lesson with her this week!!) her daughter is also named And, and so we call them Ana Squared!! ;) anyway...THEY ARE SO PILAS!!!!!!!!! Ana has listened to missionaries for almost 6 years! but has never been baptized. when we went with her she shared that she KNOWS the church is true and wants to join it, but she is afraid of failure! she is afraid that she wont be worthy to enter the waters of baptism and that she wont be able to live up to the standards of the gospel. (i saw a little of myself in her that night.) WE SHOULD NEVER LEFT THE FEAR OF STRIKING OUT (OR MISSING THE SHOT) KEEP UP FROM PLAYING THE GAME! fear of failure is satans way of keeping up from progressing. its true, the gospel requires a lot, but its NOT hard!!!! and its even easier because Christ is with us EVERY STEP!!! we just bore testimony to her that she is not alone and that she IS worthy to be baptized!!!! and yesterday in relief society she shared her experience and i was able to FEEL her testimony!!! she said "i think now really is the time for me to join.." I KNOW GOD PREPARES PEOPLE!!!!! i am so blessed to be a part of ana´s life! and see how the spirit of the lord blesses the people!!! :)))))
also, yesterday in church one of the hermanas said in her talk (she was talking about the youth and "for the strength of the youth" pamphlet!) she said that "many time the youth (or us as people) think that the blessings will never come, but THEY DO COME!!!!!" i really testify of this!!! if i have learned nothing else from the mission its that THE BLESSINGS DO COME!!! not when we want them or think that they will, but when we NEED them and when GOD SAYS they will!!!! DONT EVER GET DESPERATE FOR THE BLESSINGS!!!!!!!!!!!! as it says in Mosiah 23:21 "Nevertheless, the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith." THE LORD WILL TRY US BECAUSE HE LOVES US!! and if we endure it well, we will receive the blessings!!!!
well i love you all so much!!! i cant believe how amazingly blessed i am to have a family like you all!! thank you for everythign!!! have a great week and be safe!! good luck with work, games, school, and all other things you do!!!! :)))
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!! :)))