This week was one of those weeks in the mission to figure out why we are really are in the mission. This week has been harder than usual, but we have been able to draw closer to Heavenly Father and recognize what is our true purpose as missionaries here in Bolivia. This week was full of difficulties -- lessons falling through, investigators falling through, and confronting personal weaknesses -- but I have to say that it is a privilege to be here in the mission. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, it says that there is a time and place for everything under the heavens -- this is my time to be working here -- to be learning, growing, laughing, be challenged, smiling, crying, teaching, helping, and progressing along with those who we are helping here.
Something that I loved about this week was the opportunity to learn more about the vision of the tree of life (which is found in The Book of Mormon, First Nephi chapter 8 and 11). Through studying this, I could really see the purpose we have as missionaries and as members. We have partaken of the fruit of the tree of life -- which is the love of God or the path to eternal life -- and having tasted of the fruit we naturally will want others to be able to taste of the sweetness and greatness of this fruit. As a missionary, I feel like I am inviting others to come unto the iron rod, helping them to hold on. People still have the choice to follow the rod and to taste of the fruit or to choose other paths, but as a missionary (and members :D) we can help them to feel the importance to continue through. I know without a doubt that through following the iron rod (the guidance of the gospel) and through reading our scriptures, praying, going to the church, opening our hearts to the spirit, and turning our will over to the Father we can partake of this fruit more sweet and delicious above all other.
Sorry, but I don’t have much more time to talk, but I love you all! Keep up the great work and keep sharing the joys that have been brought into your lives with those around you!
|How we get home every night -- exhausted and climbing up the stairs ;D|
|We didn't have water in the house for a few days - and my hair as a result ;D|
|We played futbol today! wooooo|