October 28, 2015
Ina's baptism was on Friday. There weren't a lot of people there because everyone was working that night but President and Sorella Dibb came. They don't get to come to a lot of baptisms with all the things they do so it was nice for them to come! Of course everything was crazy right before the baptism: people getting sick, people who are giving the talks can't make it, no one is answering their phone but as soon as the baptism started the spirit was so strong. Ina has waited so long for this moment, I've never seen anyone one want it more than her! I just love baptisms because they are so simple. It is through this simplicity that you are really able to feel the spirit. No distractions. Just spirit. I love it! Ina's baptism was just as beautiful as she is and I'm so happy for her. She was just glowing Friday night. This Gospel really does change lives. It gives people a new start. I am so thankful for the power of the Atonement. I have learned so much about the Atonement this past year and a half. It really is incredible how through Jesus Christ we are healed. On Sunday morning Ina was confirmed a member of the church and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Her blessing was incredible, I know she is going to be a huge blessing to this ward.
On Sunday another less active member came back to the church for the first time! He has been coming to F.H.E. the past six months but after many prayers from us and the anziani he finally came back to church after years. I know this path back hasn't been easy but I am so proud of his courage and trust in God.
This week we had some highs but we had some really low lows. We had so many hard rejections this week... I don't really want to talk about them. Haha! Sunday night I was feeling kind of frustrated. I'm used to rejection after a year and half but this week was especially hard for some reason. One of the biggest blessings on the mission is you really get to feel how much the Lord loves these people. It is so amazing and wonderful but it also means when people reject God and Christ you hurt more. You hurt because you love them and you know this message will make them happier but they are pushing it away. I felt of a lot of sadness this week because people I really loved were pushing away Christ. Monday morning I read Alma chapter 5. It really helped. The whole chapter is amazing but verses 44-46 really stuck out to me (this is also my Ponderize scripture): "For I am called to speak after this manner, according to the holy order of God, which is in Christ Jesus; yea, I am commanded to stand and testify unto this people the things which have been spoken by our fathers concerning the things which are to come. And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?
Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me."
All I can do is invite people. The beautiful thing about this Plan of Happiness is that we are all free to choose. I have no control over other people but I can testify to what I know to be true. And I do know these things are true.
Yesterday we had a really tough lesson with a member. She was really struggling with the fact that there is so much injustice in the world. She works with mentally handicapped individuals and she doesn't understand how God could let people live like that. The question of why life is unfair is one of the toughest to answer. You really have to trust God. The Plan of Salvation is perfect. It really is for our happiness. But this life on earth is only a small part of the plan. We aren't meant to receive all of our happiness here on this earth. The purpose of this life is 1) to get a body and 2) to learn and become like our father in Heaven. If we didn't have trials we wouldn't grow. It is impossible to climb a smooth mountain. We need the ridges and rocks so we can have something to hang onto as we climb. Life is like that as well. We could not progress if we did not have trials. I don't understand everything in this life but I trust God and know that one day I will!
I am thankful for this time I have to be here in Italy and represent my Savior whom I love.
I am thankful also for all you who support me! I love you all!
V.V. B. Sorella Dani Hamblin