Letter: October 23rd 2013

so this week has been full of ups and down…i don’t even know where to start!
when we do computer time for language our computer has a weather checker you can check the temp in your hometown and i check Blandings weather everyday! today it says its suppose to be 43 and clear….woot! its so rainy here! like monsoon rain and who didn’t pack and umbrella or rain coat….THIS GIRL. its okay the elders are really nice and let us borrow the umbrellas. but most of time we embrace the rain because its like so fun! I’m working really hard on maintaining a good companion relationship…its really hard sometimes but I’m doing really well and we are figuring this thing out! we pray more than anyone and we are everyone’s favorite companionship…like literally EVERYONE’S even the president of the MTC. good news….MY HOMESICKNESS IS GONE! i miss you guys but its not so much homesickness but rejoicing in the fact that i have an eternal family! woot. sorry my English is so bad…i can hardly speak English and i can barley speak Spanish so the situation needs to improve one way haha. i am striving so hard to be the best missionary ever and to stay upbeat and positive. sometimes its hard but with the lord, the work is easy and my burdens are light.
my scriptures GOT STOLEN!!! how does that happen….i dunno…let me know when you have an answer…i literally was so sad. they were gone for a week…then magically turned in the the reception desk…tsk tsk. just so you guys know i pray for you guys ALL THE TIME like every hour on the hour. so you guys better be getting some blessings or ill start praying more often haha.
so if you wanna picture what its like to be in Mexico with me…..close your eyes and picture this….festivals….all year round…now its day of the dead and saint day or something so they shoot of cannons….firecracker.. and fireworks…music…dancing..people never sleep so there are always a million people on the road and horns always honking 24/7 so we never get good sleep because the cannons make it sound like we are being bombed haha no joke. we haven’t had an earth quake yet and they said thats really weird because they always do. we have safe spots in case of earth quakes…fun eh. GUESS WHO I SAW. elder mosley, morley? i need to pay more attention but hes from Blanding and he is kimber mitchells younger cousin…he is going to Alabama and he left last week. so cool though. and one of my dear friends here worked with shalie flannery for 3 years. her name is hermana jensen.
my district leader was such a teard this week, he said that me and hermana maama have too many friends and we should be hang out with other people so we can learn the language fast…did i tell you that last week? i was like…uhhhh no. i can friends haha. hes kind of…..really mean. thank goodness we have a new night teacher her name is hermana coleman from Provo Utah haha and she is down here teaching until November. shes super in tune with the spirit and if one of us is struggling we stop and invite the spirit in. like i don’t know how to describe it, but she is the apatamy of what learning by the spirit truly means. the boys in my district are 18nd you can totally tell because they don’t take anything serious and i get super irritated because i think this work is so important and there isn’t anything to joke about when it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ. but i spoke to my teachers and things are a lot better now. i actually told the boys straight up that they need to start acting like representatives of Jesus Christ and not boys. they said they were only 18 and i was like….you are adults now, this is grown up time…you aren’t here to vacation or chit chat. take the name of Christ upon yourself and start acting like it……..they don’t disrespect me anymore…was that mean?
but oh guess what…who got called on to speak in church on Sunday….me.
they don’t tell you who is speaking in church until..you get to church haha so you have to prepare a talk every week. aye aye aye. they said it has to be 80% Spanish…i did good though i prayed and studied really hard for it and i’m glad i did.
we had a devotional with my favorite person ever ELDER HOLLAND! he was super firm and we were all silent… he said very important things like GROW UP, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO HOME, I DON’T SPEND MY LIFE PREACHING SOMETHING WHEN I COULD JUST GO HOME. THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU. THIS ISN’T BURGER KING, YOU CANNOT, CANNOT HAVE IT YOUR WAY. i’ve never been so star struck in my life…i was hoping the elders in my district were really listening to that hahaha
last night we had another devotional from lester johnson of the 70s. he emphasized MEMBER MISSIONARY WORK over and over. actually something cool. i sang again in the devotional! my companion didn’t just me and my sweet other hermanas. we did really good. the elders….not so much haha jk but i recorded it and will send the memory card to you when i’m in Washington. we sang senor, yo te seguire ( lord i would follow thee). so powerful
this few weeks in the mtc has truly already captivated my soul. it has truly brought me closer to my savior and has personally testified to me that god does answer our prayers. this week i endured one of the first heartaches of my mission.
from the beginning me and hermana winters just clicked…she lives in utah and we flew out together…shes actually the one that mom gave the scriptures to go give to me 🙂 we were just instant best friends. she got put with a super hard 19 year old companion who only talks about m&m, percy jackson movies, and harry potter. she would pray or study or do anything. hermana winters spoke to president pratt like 4 times a week since we’ve been here, and he said no i wont switch companions…we don’t do that…you have something the lord wants to teach you…so she stuck it out. i would sit by hermana winter and listen to her concerns and hug her when she cried and i’d tell her to use the atonement…but praying for strength from the lord rather than a new situation.
on Monday at lunch she pulled me aside and told me she was going home because she couldn’t do it. i listened to her  and let her finish then i just had this burning impression to tell her this
“that Friday when Jesus cristo was humiliated, abused and ridiculed on our behalf, he didn’t complain, he didn’t go home. he suffered in Gethsemane for US for YOU. that Friday, out of all the Fridays in the world, i imagine is the darkest Friday of the worlds history. when the earth shook and storms were raging, and the temple was rent. when those who worshiped the adversary had there one little triumph. but that despair and gloom didn’t last forever, because Sunday came. when Christ was resurrected. when he broke the bonds of death. hermana, we all have our Fridays…our Gethsemane…when we feel  like the universe wont go on.. BUT. Sunday will come. SUNDAY will come, when you can walk with the savior through Gethsemane. don’t give up”
i had no idea where that came from! she told me she would think about it….i prayed so hard…i pleaded with the lord to answer my prayer and have her stay. i told me we have already lost 1/3 of of heaven and we cant lose another one.i decided to fast the next day for her to have strength. then she told me she was going home and i was utterly heart broken. she called her parents and then found me that night in class. i was expecting a good bye…..then she told me she was STAYING. i seriously broke down and cried. she said she she felt some love she hadn’t had before. and shed fast with me….she said ” i dont know why your fasting but i feel i should fast twith you” then i told her i was fasting for her.
i have never felt the saviors love so much than in that moment. he answered my prayer and she used her agency to fulfill that prayer.
i wanted to know what i had said and where it came from….it turns out it came from a talk that joesph b worthlin gave….called Sunday will come. i have never read that talk before.
i know that god lives, and that through him prayers are answered and we can use him in all things. i know that the spirit truly uses you as an instrument to speak to gods children and he used me. i am so thankful for this opportunity to be a missionary and to be the best i can be. i thank you all for the support and prayers i feel everyday. i am so grateful to be a missionary as the lord hastens his work. i love you all!
TRULY LOVE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!
love hermana lyman
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