Monday, March 2, 2015
Ola minha família!!!
I cannot believe it has been another week. This week has flown by!! Its pretty funny because since we switched areas, it feels like Gaia all over again. Maps, asking people in the streets where to go. Haha
So we are doing a lot of finding right now. So many cool, tender mercies have happened this week. So one that happened, we were walking and doing contacts and no one was really interested and then we walked past this building and the door flew open! Sister Swain and I just looked at each other and went into the building. Well, we started at the top and knocked on every door and no one opened it until the last door and this guy opened it up and we told him who we were and that we would like to share a message with him about Christ. He said,"Well I don't really believe in Christ and don't think I ever will." And I said,"Oh, you will." He just looked at me and laughed and said, "Fine you guys can come back another day."
So we had a pretty rough day with not much success. Another cool thing happened that was really sad but also such a blessing. We were walking back to our house and I saw this one lady walking this little boy who is about 2 years old. Well I stopped her and tried talking to her and lets just say she wasn't very nice. Well we walked away kind of bummed and I had the feeling to turn around and when I did, that little boy had the biggest smile on his face. And he was just waving at me. I literally just cried. He would keep on walking and then would just turn around again and wave and smile. I remember Clay mentioned that on his mission how much more receptive children are to the spirit.
Sometimes I get pretty hard on myself and I blame myself for our lack of success but that little boy just made me realize that he could feel the spirit and that it is not my fault if people choose not to except this wonderful gospel or not. I know that it is only the adversary that makes us feel like we are inadequate and that it is our Father in Heaven and his Son who comfort and strengthen us.
This morning I read in 1 Nephi 7:17-18 When Nephi's brothers bound him and he says,"But it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound.