(we've been around the spanish missionaries too long. learning some spanish! spanish phrase for the week: Me gustan los gatos.)
speaking of... introduction to the district!!!
in New Iberia we have: Elder solomon & Andersen, sis Knuteson & sis MANUMA! <33 love them (me and manuma got matching hats)
lafayete spanish: elder Flores and Mccormies and english Orison and Wright!
its a grand ole time over here in laffy town :)
so some things that happened this week.. hmm..
Well we had another amazing lesson with Cheryl this week! We had the chance (not chance but God placed opportunity) to talk to her a little bit by herself. The conversation naturally flowed into a Plan of Salvation lesson! By this time her fiance, Tim a less active member, had gotten home and he loves to go into deep doctrine.
but its all good because Cheryl actually understands and accepts alot of it! So thats a huge blessing.
but it was difficult at the beginning because we could see that she was getting a lil confused and frustrated at trying to picture everything and where it goes so I real quick whipped out my handy dandy Plan of Salvation kit that lays it all out as a visual.
and it changed everything!
It helped her with the visual that we were all living as spirits with God before we came to earth.
that we are spirit children of God.
that God has a definite plan for each of us, that is perfect and defined by our choices.
that we all have our agency and how God fiercely protects that
that we are set here in families to love and help each other grow even when its hard.
that we are just in a small blip of a testing period
that we not even halfway through the plan that God has for us and to keep the big picture in mind.
that each of our choices, each decision we make determines our destiny.
that our Savior Jesus Christ atoned for us, and those before Him and after Him.
that because of this atonement that when we make the wrong decision.. that we can repent and do better next time.
that the atonement makes this entire plan possible.
that this life is not the end, because of the atonement of Christ that we will see our family and friends again.
that we can continually repent and do better next time and teach others who don't know about this plan the same thing.
that God loves us so so much and this plan is evidence because it shows His endless mercy.
that we (and all others who ever live) have a chance to accept Christ as our Savior
that all people get a resurrected body and what that means for those who have physical and mental conditions.
that we have ever opportunity to repent and become better before we are judged
that because of the atonement, our Savior knows exactly what we were thinking and feeling in
that moment we chose and
that we have a Savior who knows us perfectly as an advocate for us when we are judged
that Gods plan is so merciful, He places us where we will be most comfortable, where we choose to be
that we dont just have a heaven or hell to go to but there is 3 kingdoms of glory
that each moment we have is a blessing and each choice we make is profound.
and after this lesson and placing each little square or rectangle in place... we are able to see the full picture.
and feel p e a c e in our hearts that we know this is true.
we know that this is where we came from.
we know that this is why we are here.
we know that this is where we are going.
and ms. cheryl felt it. and she knows it. and she got so happy! and as we were getting up to leave and clean up the kit she said..
"wait!! dont touch it yet!! Can I take a picture? I don't want to forget it"
:')cant we all be like cheryl? its a beautiful thing when we talk about and think about principles of the gospel with child like enthusiasm.
GET EXCITED ABOUT THE GOSPEL YALL.
ITS A REALLY BIG DEAL
LIKE YOUR SALVATION BIG DEAL.
get excited about general conference yall!!! its this weekend! prepare yoself! I love it so much.
words of wisdom from president hansen..
"Conference is my favorite holiday of the year!"
Other goods from the week:
Hunny and Pop came to visit from Alec! I <3 them so so so much. so happy to see them :)
when you get this text from a sister in the ward :')))))) crying many happy tears.
please take this special moment and text this to your sisters or elders serving in your ward or branch. it will make them cry happy tears :')
my church is Jesus's church :)
I sure love yall.
I sure love this lafayette town.
LOVE THIS GOSPEL!
ps my lil title joke. I think I'm funny.
the transfer before missionaries are going home they have to do this program called My Plan. its supposed to help you accept the fact that you're going home and transition and whatever. #stillnevergoinghome but it talks about keeping up scripture study and enrolling in institute and tips to keep you from going lessactive and dating (WHAT??) #nevergoinghome
anyyyywayyyyyysss. I got an email from My Plan to tell me that I have to start soon.... lol what?? hahahhahahahhahhaha