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