It's been a bumpy ride. The mission is so much the greatest experience of my life because it has come with so much heart ache and so much joy. Joy in the Savior and Heartache because of my love for these people and for the Savior. there truly is nothing like it.
This week was full of exchanges, blitzes, zone conferences, and sick days so the work was slightly slow, not to mention the fact that none of our investigators wanted to meet with us, but that's okay! Agency is a thing we can't control but we can control the number of times we annoy them with voicemails!! :) no shame, it gets us in doors sometimes. Petra was doing so good, we had a lesson with her on Monday where we read in Mosiah 21 where the people had to postpone their baptisms because Ammon didn't feel worthy of it, but that they waited on the spirit of the Lord. We talked about how sometimes the timing isn't right, but it doesn't mean the decision isn't right. Then Maribel, petras daughter, straight up says to Vicente "you know she's waiting so you two can get baptized together". Vicente just sits and smiles. Well at least he knows! The rest of the week we couldn't find Petra home and she woudn't talk to us much.. with broke some hearts but it's okay because she knows this is true and Satan sometimes is the worst but it's going to be okay and this week we will work even harder to find her and help her progress towards that beautfil day. We were able to be in contact more with Maricella, Maribel's cousin who we've been teaching and we had this INCREDIBLE LESSON about the power of prayer and the book of mormon and she has so many great questions and then she said she hasnt prayed about it and we asked her why and she said she just can't. After some major direction from the spirit and some inspired questions she told us she can't pray because she already knows the answer. She knows the Book of Mormon is true and she knows she has to act and change a lot of things, but she knows it's true!! She was crying and I was crying and it was so amazing the spirit was so strong. The power of that book. She's got a long road ahead of her, i.e. spouse in Mexico she hasn't seen in 9 years (who does that?) but we will be with her every step of the way! maybe her and Petra can have a double divorce double wedding party. Can't wait.
Other major events, I had to translate stake conference this weekend... SO ROUGH. Some advice for anyone ever speaking in stake conference: PLEASE TALK SLOWER AND PLEASE DONT TELL STORIES ABOUT YOUR COLLEGE FLY FISHING DAYS. IT'S JUST TOO ROUGH.
The church is true and I am so grateful I have the blessed opportunity to watch people's lives be changed as they repent and as they read the book of momon. I've been studying patience lately and I've realized every time they say patience in the book of mormon it talks about their patience in long suffering and affliction. Sometimes, things get really rough and nobdoy meets with you all week and your investigators drop you, but it is only then that the lord can make you an instrument in his hands. estoy agradecida que Dios me puede usar en sus manos para la salvacion de las almas de los hombres. Can't wait to see your faces this week!!!!!! FELIZ DIA DE LAS MADRES MI MAMA :)
ps we won the gold plates again #blessed
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.