October 14, 2015
This week was a little harder. We are still trying to find some new people to teach. We haven't had a lot of success, but at least the people we are teaching are wonderful! Weather hasn't been on our side either. Haha -- but I have super grateful for my rain jacket. I actually like riding in the rain... As long as I can see!
We had Zone Training on Thursday. It was my last one. But that's okay because next Wednesday all the sisters in the mission get to go to a conference in Milano with Bonnie L. Oscarson. I'm excited! Also I might be emailing a day early or late next week!
Church this week was just wonderfully beautiful. Again! I just love fast and testimony meeting. Fasting has come to mean so much here on the mission. I love how on Fast Sunday you can unite with the whole ward. We really are all in this together. It is really great that we are seeing some meno attivi come back to church these past couple weeks.
Marta came back from Cuba yesterday! We are going on scambio Friday so I won't be able to see her because I'll be in Milano but I'm excited to hear how her lesson goes!
It was fun to hear all your ponderizing scriptures from last week! Everyone's was so perfect for them. I want to keep hearing them!
My Ponderize scritture this week is 2 Nephi 26:12-13. "And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews, that Jesus is the very Christ, it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God; And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith."
Our mission is reading the Book of Mormon with a focus on Jesus. When President Dibb invited us to do so I was already doing it thanks to Derrek's challenge from his mission President. It must be pretty important. It really is. Really, there is nothing more important than knowing who Christ is. It gives your whole life purpose. It gives you hope. We had opportunity to teach a young African mom yesterday. I love teaching Africans because most of them have such a deep love for Jesus Christ. They really understand that if he didn't come and sacrifice as He did we would be nothing. Yesterday she told us that Christ is her everything. I could tell that she truly meant it. It reminded me of the verse in Isaiah 12 (also in 2 Nephi 22) that says "the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation." He is our everything! As I read 2 Nephi and Jacob this past week I have really noted that everything they say leads to Christ. Because it was my last Zone Training on Thursday. Because I had thought we were going to have a November Training before I went home I hadn't thought too much about what I was going to say. But it really wasn't hard when I got up there to summarize what I learned in this past year and half. Why? Because it was all about Christ. He really is everything. He has given me hope when I was uncertain. He has given me strength when I have been weak. His love has encircled me and motivated me to try a little harder, to be a little better. He has helped me to love more fully and more deeply than I could have ever imagined. He is my perfect example and the phrase "What would Jesus do?" Really has been imprinted on my heart. You don't need to go on a mission to develop a relationship with your Savior but I am so thankful for my mission. I am stronger and firmer in the faith and it is all thanks to Him. As everybody keeps reminding me, I only have a month left. I want to use this time to help everyone I meet know their Savior just a little bit better. I have not been a perfect missionary, finder, companion, sister, but thanks to the Savior, I have been perfect at retrying. I know that through Him we can truly do anything.
I am excited to see what miracles lie in our path this upcoming week! I love you all very much! Remember you never alone!
V.V.B. Sorella Dani Hamblin