Strength through Trails

Dear Family!
 
Heellllllooooo from Washington!
 
How are you all doing and what are you doing!!?
 
This week was Amazingly awesome… and Amazingly the hardest week to date of the mission. I testify that what Richard G. Scott is true…..”When a wise Heavenly Father feels it necessary for you to grow he will give you trials, sometimes simultaneously, when they aren’t consequences for disobedience then they are meant for growth and improvement….” This isn’t exactly what he says but its the part that I remember that impacted me the most. 
 
I know that I haven’t been disobedient, so these trials are meant for my growth, as hard as they are, and as many times as I find myself on my knees….They are indeed from the wisdom of Heavenly Father. Yesterday I received a blessing from our awesome Zone leaders and I had so many answers to prayers! I had been praying and reading a lot individually, and trying to receive personal revelation and petition the Lord, but sometimes…the best thing to do is to just get a blessing. That way I don’t leave it to myself to confuse the simple answer from Heavenly Father.
One thing I will share from my blessing is: “the role you play in your companionship is the role you are supposed to be playing, and the role the Lord has Chosen for you….”
I don’t know why that was such a huge comfort to  me, but it tied right to what else I have been studying this week….my patriarchal blessing.
 
One day while I was studying this week I was so frustrated because usually I can make connections and get awesome revelation during personal study, but for some reason I just wasn’t and I couldn’t focus. So I went upstairs and prayed and felt to read my blessing, and I have never learned so much in my life!
 
Its so funny how simple The Lord speaks, but how powerful his words are. I couldn’t believe the many new things I found and they many things that have been fulfilled and are going to be fulfilled! I couldn’t stop rejoicing in the fact that the lord is in fact ” I The Lord am bound when ye do what I say….” It made me so happy and gave me a new hope of things to look forward too!
 
Guess what is so funny?! So usually on holidays we have to be in by 6pm for safety reasons…This upcoming Sunday is Superbowl (GO HAWKS)  and we have to be by 6pm….So weird right…we decided we are going to watch the testament movies while you guys are watching to superbowl haha! you guys better cheer hard for wasington! I was about to buy a Seahawks shirt at Walmart today…until I sat the price of $40! So I decided to wait.
 
And the best thing for last MARI WAS BAPTIZED THIS WEEK!
My 1st baptism! It was so special I cant even explain it in words! it was perfect, and such a clean, pure spirit was there. When she came out of the water she took a deep breath and closed her eyes…then she looked over at Sister Andersen and I and just smiled…it was SO SPEICAL!
When she came back from changing she gave us hugs and she couldn’t stop crying and saying…I feel so light! I feel so light! in Spanish of course but it was such a beautiful experience! I gave her the book that Brooke and Lynette did and Hermana Andersen and I wrote our testimonies in it and she was so excited! 🙂
 
This is my purpose as a missionary….to bring others unto Christ….because through Christ is all things possible. How beautiful the Atonement of Jesus Christ is. He is the only Begotten of the father and is almighty. The Atonement covers us, it strengthens us….I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can find rest. I know that His Atonement is infinite and Eternal. I know that baptism is the first step we take in becoming closer to God. The first covenant, out first leap of Faith. Isn’t it just amazing!
So, besides the trials and the struggles…watching Mari walk into the waters of Baptism. Seeing her in white…made everything, all of it worth it.
Because this is the Salvacion of souls! I love it!
 
I love you all! So much!
Thanks for your support and prayers….I can literally feel power through prayers.
The work of God is certainly and undeniably true and real and I love every second of it!
 
until next week! Love Hermana Lyman
below is a picture of the lake I live across the street from! Lake Stevens!
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ImageMari and IImage
 
me, Mari, Andersen, and Miller (her trainee) and then Rebecca the little girls is Mari’s niece
Imageme and my Favorite girl ever, her name is Loria and she is so funny. 
Imagethen this is down town Lake Stevens, LOVE IT.
 
 
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January 20th, 2014

Hola mi familia bonita!
How are you doing this week and what’s new in B-town?
So this week was amazing! I am learning so much and I have so much to grow but everyday its getting better and I am getting stronger 🙂
I wrote dad and told him that I watch conference from October that Aunt Diane sent me.. and there’s this saying President Monson says “the stronger the wind, the stronger the timber” and I can testify that it is totally true, I prayed for work, but I was given a different work first, the becoming of a missionary for the Lord is hard, but it is worth is!
So, this week I was blessed with the gift of a humble heart.
Ill start from the beginning….So we went to the school and helped at the food bank for the kids that don’t have anything and for the general public and we organized food just helped them out, so fun, then they gave us food to give away to the homeless people we run into, and we were like…okay! but we don’t really run into people…but we took the food anyway trying to figure out who we could give it to, then Hermana Maama and I were in Cavalero (an area) and we went into Albertsons to wash our hands and while I was waiting for Hermana, I met this woman named Hope.
When I went to wash my hands Hermana Maama talked to her, after I came back and hope went in, Hermana Maama told me a little about what she had found out about Hope.
Hope had actually lived in Kaysville Utah, she was in an abusive relationship and before she ran away she went to temple square because she wanted to go into the “castle” the temple, and when she found out she couldn’t she was like…”why!? I’m a beautiful daughter of God too aren’t I” so cute. So then she hid money and ran away to the first place she could afford a bus ticket….Seattle.
So she has been living in the shelter for 1 week and is trying to find a job, she saved up enough to come up the cavalero and she was just in Albertsons to by a thing of Jello, and she would just have enough to get back to the shelter. So we were like…we are going to give her the food!
When she came out of the restroom we told her we were going to give her the food and she was so shocked! and then she was like…”wait I have to buy jello, I’ve been saving my quarters!”
So we walked with her to get jello and she was like “darn! this jello is $2.50..i can ration for a week.” I have a special place in my heart for women like Hope and I could see her pain and feel her sorrow….So I told hope that I was going to buy jello for her..and she was like “no its okay its okay!” but I bought her jello….and she started crying and she gave me the biggest hug.
She told us that she was in cavalero for a reason and she knew God had put us in her place for a reason and she was going to find out why! We taught her a lesson at the bus stop and we have her a book of Mormon. She was so sweet and she did not want to get on the bus to leave and I didn’t want her to either.
This week was awesome, even though that’s only a 1 hour example….its an example that God LOVES EVERYSINGLE ONE OF US!
Its small moments like this that have the biggest impact on my heart.
I know that this church is Gods church, it is not mans church. I can even count how many times I have heard…”naw im okay I have a church”
But the question we ask isn’t…do you have a church?
The invitation we give is….will you come unto Christ?
Its so simple we overlook the plainness and simplicity of the gospel, we can read in the books of Nephi and Alma how they rejoiced in the plainness of the gospel, and its true, everything we need to know and teach- we can learn in primary.
What an awesome gift we have of the spirit and the light of the world!
I love you all SO much! Seriously you guys are the greatest and spoil me to much.
But the gospel calls so Im off to work!
LOVE YOU ALL LOADS!
until next week,
Con Amor,
Hermana Lyman

Lake Stevens Week 2

This week went by so fast!
I have no ideas where time goes….its crazy..and guess what, we only have 4 weeks until next transfers and Im pretty sure Im getting transferred, but I don’t know yet…its just what I feel right now, but one thing is for sure that The Lord ALWAYS has his plan and Ill take it!
This week my companionship grew in unity and love and the ability to work today. I cracked down on the area book and we spent 4 hours going over EVERYTHING! And its still not done but it is now at least functional! I love that book!
Then we had awesome lessons and we had 6 days of hard core tracting and being detectives…I don’t think my feet have ever been so sore or have been all of these colors hahah
But the other day Hermana bain and I were tracting and it was a straight up downpore! haha my “waterproof” boots are no longer waterproof and I have never been so wet! we would knock on peoples doors and we would be wet and our hair was like just took a shower and theyd be like….can you come back another time? haha and so we’d say yes and keep going..then the housing coordinators passed us…bro and sister brown, they are awesome and they gave us a ride-then when we got out of the car there was literally a puddle in their back seat and they said when the car needed cleaning theyd call us…but at least we got a ride for a few blocks..this week We are going to ask president for bikes because when the 4 of us separate 2 get the car and the other 2 walk..and walking takes a lot of time. So I hope President will give us bikes!
But this week has sure been a hardship week, so me personally. Most of it trying to figure out how to have been faith, how to build it, and how to exersice it, its a huge challenge but little by little I am learning and little by little I am growing and that is why I am here…I am not here to be perfect.
I also gained a huge testimony on the protection that missionaries receive.
The same day that is was raining more than usual Hermana bain and I were just walking and talking when this car stops to turn and the car behind it swerves onto the shoulder where Hermana and I were walking…Right infront of us! We are so lucky that we weren’t hit and were okay!
not only that example but just everyday we are proteceted and I love it! Its a huge blessing and I want to be a missionary forever…maybe president monson will come out will a “life mission” some of the prophets in the Book of Mormon had…totally kidding. but ya never know!
One weird thing that has been stressed upon us is being prepared with food storage and water….so its a sign GET PREPARED!!
Anyway I wish I could remember more….darn.
But I guess the only thing that matters is that the gospel is true and I love it! I love waking up everyday with the spirit and love.
What I love about being a missionary is that we always get to look for POTENTIAL.
EVERYONE HAS POTENTIAL! we can all grow and grow and become better and better! what better message is there than that, the message that we can all help each other out and become perfect like our father in heaven. I LOVE YOU ALL!
Happy Monday!
Hna L

Lake Stevens

Family!
You all probably know this already but guess what! I have been transferred! Wow! To Lake Stevens WA. It is small and cute and I love it! I am in a 4 pac….yuup that’s right….4 pac
My awesome companions are Hermana Hansen, Bain, and Maama.
This has already been an awesome growing experience and I love it up here! the area needs A LOT of work…but good work. mostly like getting things organized and orderly and understanding the sacred purpose of the area book and the people we find. I am excited to grow with my companions.
This week I had the very special opportunity to grow really close to my dear sweet Hermana Bain. We have had lots of experiences together- and really love the work and the people…and the fact that we can all grow close to God by loving everyone!
We have another really hard investigator name Tomas….he reminds me Edgar in the sense that he is not open and receptive…so we will have to see what the lord wants done.
Also, I have learned how important it is to teach by example and by love. because that is the way the savior taught and that’s how we learn best.
When I first got here….Hermanas Hansen and maama were just getting over fighting and doing better- Hansen was convinced the work was blah and the area was dead…so that made maama think the same thing…and poor Bain was having a hard time dealing with the tension of the other 2 hermanas…
So when I got here there was a lot that I was thrown into. But I prayed a lot and I thought a lot and read my scriptures…ALOT.
That’s when Bain and I got really close and I started checking up on her everyday and I encouraged her to write down tender mercies of the lord everyday.
Ive been being really loving and positive with Hermana Hansen and trying to help her see her potential in this area and on her mission. I have ben very patient and even more lovin with Hermana maama. I love her personality and I know that once she gets the language she will be soild. I have seen so much growth in them all this week and I am so proud!
I SEE THE POTENTIAL OF THIS AREA and I am not leaving this area until it reaches that potential because there are the children of the lord. I am not leaving.
I have been studying the Pearl of Great Price these past couple days and have 1 chapter until Im finished reading it all…I invite you all to read it because it is amazing and I have learned so much about God, and about his loving characteristics. I wish everyone knew God like this…
Last night Hermana Bain and I went tracting to some people and decided to tract this neighbor hood…for 3 hours we were knocking..and since Hispanics are harder to find here we do a lot of English contacts….we didn’t get inside 1 door….we had doors slammed in our face one after another and huge dog run after us…but as we were walking away from another door..i looked at Hermana bain and I was like…
“I love this….I want to do this all night” she responded and said “me too, I love this”
every door that is closed and every person that isn’t interested is another testimony builder…another time I get to give thanks to the lord and pray for strength.
I have never used hand warmer and toe warmers as much as I have here…nor have I ever been so cold…but I love it…I love meeting people that need the gospel in their lives. I love every  single aspect of missionary work.
I have a testimony that God has a plan for everysingle one of us. That he is loving…we are the work of his own hands. Christ loves us so much that he died for us…he drank the  bitter cup for us…that is the only way we can return. So it isn’t fair for me to ask…why is this so hard…it wasn’t easy for Christ so why would it be easy for me.
I love this gospel. I love my companions- I love Lake Stevens…I love my mission I LOVE YOU ALL! This area will build me and polish me and I love every second!
until next week….love Hermana lyman!