Tuesday, November 18, 2014
We had a zone conference this last week with Presidente Zanni and Hermana Zanni. Wow my mind is blown with how much I was able to learn from them! The conference was 6 hours long but felt like 2. One of the things that stood out is when Presidente Zanni said "Esta es la escuela de los Dioses." Translates to This is the school of the Gods. And it is so true... and not just the mission, but all of life! We are being formed and shaped into a creature worthy of becoming Deity. How amazing is that? It hurts sometimes... but it is worth it.
This week was definitely a trial of my faith! I left this conference with such a desire to work and to give everything. We went out... and literally everything this week fell through. We were both a little bit sick because it is so hot (speaking of which, our schedule changed due to the heat. We now go to bed at 11:00, return to the apartment at 10:00, and wake up at 7:00!). Our appointments fell through, no one came to sacrament as they said they would, and we had a few companionship struggles. It was hard to stay optimistic... to keep this vision of success in our minds. But I know that after the trial of our faith is when we receive the witness. And if we endure it well, we will be exalted on high. But I will admit... it just about killed me on Sunday when our investigators didn`t come to church. I love them all so much... they have all had such hard lives. I want them to find rest to their souls... and I know that only comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Sometimes it is hard to listen to so many sad stories from people´s lives. Many deaths and trials and sicknesses. And you just love so much, and want them to accept these things and have peace and joy. I found this scripture that I love.
Hebrews 10:39 "But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe unto the saving of the soul."
I love this so much, and I am so grateful for the miracles I have seen all around me. So many! Something funny that happened: Mika found an answer to a prayer through the Book of Mormon in Alma 36:1. She asked me, "Can you translate this scripture into English? Because I want to tattoo it on my back." Hahah it was really funny. I will have to explain a few things.
Something else that is funny that happened: I saw a Rodent of Unusual Size from "The Princess Bride!" No joke they exhist here in Argentina, and it was just about the sickest thing I have ever seen. It was so gross... and it was a pet tied up to a tree!! I was in a dangerous area and couldn´t take a picture with my camera, but maybe next time.
And I don`t know if you can tell... but I really struggle to write in english. and spanish.
Love you all!
Love, Hermana Eleanor Briggs
Monday, November 3, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Wow it has been quite a week.
We are teaching a couple right now and seeing so many miracles, t
|The familia Rendon...they are my Colombian family! All from Colombia and our neighbors are strong members.|
|Tarantulas in our pension! But we fumigated and now all of the bugs are completely gone!|
Monday, September 22, 2014
What a week. Sad and hard to be honest... but I am learning so much. I also had a lot of really good and funny things that happened as well... but I´ll just start at the beginning.
On Wednesday night as we stood outside waiting for a colectivo to take us back to Gálvez I got a call from Presidente Zanni. He told me that my companion needed to be in the mission home early the next morning with all of her things, because she was going home. She´s been sick for a long time, and that is why she was leaving.
I´ll be honest it was super sad and for the next three hours as we traveled back we just sat close to each other and didn´t say much. We got home, packed all of her things, and she left for Honduras the next day.
I am in Paraná, a large city here in Argentina. It is so awesome and beautiful... always so many things to see! I am in a trio with the Hermanas Capacitadoras (sister training leaders). Hermana Rasband and Hermana Moberly! Of course they are amazing, because they are over all of the Hermanas in the Northern half of the mission! I am learning so much about how to teach and work hard and organize my time efficiently. They are amazing examples to me, and we laugh a lot. They are both at the very end of their missions and will be leaving soon. What is with all of these goobyes!?? No me gusta.
I will probably be finishing the transfer here in Paraná with the hermanas capacitadoras-- which means I have two more weeks here at least. While I am away from Gálvez, two Elders are going there every other day to teach my investigators that will be baptized September 28th (THIS SUNDAY). These Elders are so awesome... waking up early and traveling to Gálvez (a 2 hour journey). It is weird I won´t be able to see my investigators be baptized, even though it is still my area.
But I saw miracles this week. Here in Paraná we are having a baptism this satuday of a brother and sister, and I have been able to see them make little changes in their lives (Elin is 14 and German is 19 or something like that). First they prayed for answers to know if Joseph Smith is a true prophet. They both received answers through the Spirit, and know that it is true. They have stopped drinking alcohol and aren´t staying out as late! They know that a covenant is a promise with God, and they are not going to break it for anything. It is so amazing to see these changes taking place, and how drastically their futures will be changed by these small acts of faith.
On Monday before I left my Zone, we had a Zone Conference. The Spirit was one of these strongest I have ever felt in my entire life. Here are some quotes that I picked up from my Zone Leader.
"If you don´t see the miracles in hte mission, it´s because you´re not paying attention."
"The limits for man are the oportunities for Dios."
"If you want to see things you´ve never seen, you have to do things you´ve never done."
I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me, and that if I am obedient and seek His will, I will follow that plan. Love you so much!!
Love, Hermana Eleanor Briggs
Monday, September 15, 2014
Hola familia!I have seen so many miracles this week-- especially with the language. For the first time today I decided to read El Libro de Mormon for my personal study. I have been afraid to try it, for fear that I would be too focused on understanding and not be able to receive revelation for investigators, less actives, my companion, myself, etc. But I understood it! And more than that... I received answers on how to help some of our investigators! I am so grateful. Heavenly Father has been helping me so much. Sometimes I need more patience or guidance or hope, and I go in my room and climb up on my top bunk and kneel down and pray. Immediately I feel that my Savior is there. I am so grateful, and I want everyone to know that they can receive the same sentimientos.
We also had a family home evening and I can´t even describe to you the feelings I had while there. I guess "cozy" and "warm" are the words to describe. Really, the spirit was just so strong. I felt like I was at a family reunion or something... I love the people so much and care about them so much. We all laughed and cooked and joked and lifted each other up. I taught a lesson on keeping the ten commandmentsd: because I want nothing more than for them to repent and receive the peace and joy of being clean and dwelling in the presence of God.So I was left with a lot of time to think this week as I studied in the pension while my companion was sick. And something I thought is this: I don´t know the life of Brother Philip Paul Bliss, who wrote "More Holiness Give Me," but he was so inspired. That perfectly sums up the mission. Not just this mission, but the mission of life.
- More holiness give me,More strivings within,More patience in suff'ring,More sorrow for sin,More faith in my Savior,More sense of his care,More joy in his service,More purpose in prayer.
More gratitude give me,More trust in the Lord,More pride in his glory,More hope in his word,More tears for his sorrows,More pain at his grief,More meekness in trial,More praise for relief.
More purity give me,More strength to o'ercome,More freedom from earth-stains,More longing for home.More fit for the kingdom,More used would I be,More blessed and holy--More, Savior, like thee.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Hola from Santa Fe!Today I am the city of Santa Fe, which I think is beautiful. I imagine it looks a lot like Europe... maybe a tiny bit dirtier :)