True law of the fast

Dear ones,

This week I have learned so much! I have pushed myself really hard to get on track and get things done!

One thing I have seen undoubtedly this week is the pure loving hand of the Lord, in all things. I have finally began to again break out of my shell and push myself to truly preach the gospel.
We have been pruning the vineyard still, and have been really seeking for those whom the Lord has prepared for us, and whom we are prepared to teach as week.
I don’t remember if I wrote about this last week….but Its been a true sign when we have to drop someone we follow the promptings we receive and then the Lord has always placed a prepared person in our path the replace the one we just lost.

We found 7 new investigators this week, and we knocked a lot of doors to find them and biked up countless hills to find more! which I love!

We also fasted on Wednesday for missionary work, and we ended up finding 2 prepared people, it was so cool to see the Lord give us strength to complete our food less day on bike and to also find prepared children. I also pushed myself super hard this day to speak as much as I could and to rely on the spirit to hear them and discern what they needed, very cool experiences. Also I read in Isaiah 58 about the true law of the fast…..I loved learning that in the true fast the people “take delight in approaching to God…” and as we honor the Sabbath day and the day of fast we honor him we are promised that “the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” I love this because it’s like our spiritual drink, but also, I don’t doubt that it could be taken literally in the case of the drought at home…pure sincere fasting brings miracles and opens the windows of heaven.

But no matter how it seemed that this week was “tract ghost town” week because no one was home! we still had success in finding the right people! I swear we knocked a billion doors, and door after door after door was empty, but the cool thing was that the spirit of hope was never lost.

We have been focusing on a new part of the area that hasn’t ever been really touched and it’s been amazing to see that each time we go there we find at least 1 new child of god! we were biking down this new road and I see this boy I remember…I stop and say…”hermana! that’s Enedelia’s family!” so we bike up there to see them because I remembered her from December and she has been on my mind alot….they moved and we didn’t know where they had gone and we found them! As we reviewed the 1st vision I asked her look at the picture and read as if this experience was happening to her…after Hermana Brusndale asked her “how would you feel if you could recieve an answer from God, about which church is true?” Enedelia said….”it would change my life.”
It will change any life. As I have learned from the conference reports that the Restoration is is an ongoing process! How cool that our lives can continue to be changed by the beautiful knowledge that God loves us, He has given families and scriptures and profetas to guide those families, and like Jesus Christ, God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet and with the power and authority of God, he translated the Book of Mormon. Through prayer, Reading in the Book of Mormon and Attending church, we can receive revelation we need each day to more fully fulfill our purpose here on earth.

On a happy funny note….as we were finishing companionship invetory in the car (because we didnt have time at home) we are driving through and intersection and i had just thanked Hna Brunsdale for her patience and all and as I was about to read of the next thing a man races through the intersection and Hna Brusndale yells “Man child! What the heck are you doing Idiot?!” then I say….Im grateful for you compassion and understanding…….hahahaha.

All in all….I’m learning alot….more and more I learn to love and be happy.

Hna Brusndale is an animal whisperer…
We have fun!

 

 

 

Its okay, I already know about the angel macaroni

Dear Family,

As most of you already know, I AM BACK IN LYNNWOOD! Where I was born! yay!

and…….*now for the drum roll…. WITH HERMANA BRUNSDALE!

This week has been crazy, crazy fun. Getting back into the Lynnwood feel and getting back on bike is awesome. I have missed my bike so much!

We have had some funny moments….some bloopers you can say this week.

1. we are at a trailer door talking to this girl,she opens door holding a dog and I say “what a cute dog! I would bite it, but I’m scared it would bite me back…” wait….pet, I’d pet your dog.

2. We are walking down the road, this man walks past us and says “hey…no its okay I already know about the angel macaroni…” ….I died.

3. Then Hermana Brunsdale is conacting this lady and she says “hay un mujer tiempo que podemos pasar? what she said…was “is there a woman time that we can come by?
what she meant to say was….hay un mejor tiempo que podemos pasar…is there a better time we can come by?

All of these little moments brought me great joy this week, I have missed Brusndale, we are getting work done and I have learned that the Lord truly provides a way out of trials….right when you think you are going to die.

We have been sifting through the wheat and the tares this week, which have really allowed to raise the standards for ourselves of the kind of people we teach. We expect people to keep commitments because they want to, come to church because they want to and be better, because they want to. Which is something we should all strive to do….live the gospel because we want to!

We have seen a lot of the people that I taught almost 8 months ago…Some of them are still going strong, some of them….have fallen and it’s hard to see, but I have faith that the Lord has a plan.

This week I have seen the growth the gospel provides, not only for me but for the people we are teaching.
I wish everyone could have this gospel, I see people that just look so sad, they say they are happy, but I see something missing.
I feel I am gaining a greater understanding of the plea of Nephi, to just accept, obey and endure. if only it were that easy.

Here are some pictures….I’ll send some next week!

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Dear Family.

The awkward news is…..I’m being Transferred.

Not a fan.

Especially because we have a baptism coming up and things are picking up….Mount Vernon is my home away from home.
This week has been crazy, we only had 2 days of rain this week, and also, we met 4 new investigators.

Hermana Bain and I read in the Liahona about working with members. We read and learned that members are the”planters” and we as the missionaries are the “reapers”….from that we learned that we have been working backwards for about….oh 9 months.
So…we went to the homes of members and role-played with them how to introduce the gospel to their friends, colleges, and just normal people.
It was fun to see the members open up a little bit.
We also had them pray with us as to where we should tract and go, and then take the member with us, and thats how we have found our new investigators this week. It’s pretty cool when the members see the Lord answer their prayers.

Also, my cool friend Elder Fiala finished his mission. Super sad, as a branch they bought him a cake and we surprised him yesterday and we all sad in he gym and ate cake. He cried. I teared up.
Its crazy to see a mission and the change it has on people. It’s sad to see my favorite people leave, but…..life goes on and so does our progression.

Here are some pictures, some of them are of Hna Bain and I, Elder Phillips and Elder Fiala. he’s the one eating cake.

The other one is of some investigators that took us to eat…they 2 chinesse boys that speak perfect spanish…how.

Then our zone…coolest zone ever. Ima miss them.

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Mt Vernon, Week 5

Dear Family,

This week was crazy, and good and crazy.ย This week we were asked to speak in Church. NOOOOO.

I have made it through 8 months without having to speak in church, and I thought that I had made it a little further.
But as a missionary, I am supposed to be an example is what they tell me, I accepted the invitation and I wrote a talk on La Caridad (charity).

In our Spanish branch, sacrament meeting is from 2:20-3:20 and when I wrote my talk I thought that it was a long talk, and seeing that I am a simple speaker and speaking for a long time is already hard in English, I thought for sure I was good.
Turns out when I was called to speak 1st….my talk was maybe 5 minutes long.

I sat down, looked at my watch….then at Hermana Bain..and she said…”there’s no way I can talk for 35 minutes….” but she did! And it was so good….after this, I don’t think they’ll ask me to speak in church again…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, Vicky (whose daughter was baptized on Saturday) is on date to be baptized on June 21st! YAY! What a HUGE milagro….we have been working with her so hard and it was truly the pure spirit of the holy ghost that touched her heart.

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Edwin came to church and the Baptism! MILAGRO! He is doing awesome, I have so much hope for him ๐Ÿ™‚

I know there are a million things I am leaving out this week, but there would be not enough room for everything.
But I love you all, next week we find out who will be getting transferred!
Pray for me! LOVE YOU!

Hna Lyman

…..Its a cat…in a galaxy.

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D and C 127:2

Dear Loved Ones,

This transfer has gone by so fast, It is almost over and then…I am bascially halfway done.
It’s really weird.

I hope this scripture reference is correct, it’s Joseph Smith, and he is talking about how he is keeping discouragement at bay.
I have really been leaning on the accounts in the scriptures about pressing forward with a firm faith in Christ. Trying to learn the importance of being humble and expressing true gratitute and love for the trials I have been faced with.

One thing I have learned is JOY!
I love that Joy in the gospel and in life in general is constant, while our happiness may vary on a daily basis, Joy is different and it’s beautiful. We can rejoice in the spirit of joy and peace and love, and be grateful for the trials we have that give us the spiritual traction we need to grow and progress.

This week we have some new investigators, one of them his name is Edwin, out of the stake, President Bonham said that there will be 50 people from his family baptized! how cool is that…and just from 1 family. So we are working with him *fingers crossed.

Here are some pictures!

some of these are from zone conference all of the spanish sisters, and then sisters and elders combined. Then my bff Hna Brunsdale! One day we will be companions.
Then a white rat…so gross, what do ya do when they just give it to you.

p.s. I ate chicken feet this week.

 

D and C 127:2

Dear Loved Ones,

This transfer has gone by so fast, It is almost over and then…I am bascially halfway done.
It’s really weird.

I hope this scripture reference is correct, it’s Joseph Smith, and he is talking about how he is keeping discouragement at bay.
I have really been leaning on the accounts in the scriptures about pressing forward with a firm faith in Christ. Trying to learn the importance of being humble and expressing true gratitute and love for the trials I have been faced with.

One thing I have learned is JOY!
I love that Joy in the gospel and in life in general is constant, while our happiness may vary on a daily basis, Joy is different and it’s beautiful. We can rejoice in the spirit of joy and peace and love, and be grateful for the trials we have that give us the spiritual traction we need to grow and progress.

This week we have some new investigators, one of them his name is Edwin, out of the stake, President Bonham said that there will be 50 people from his family baptized! how cool is that…and just from 1 family. So we are working with him *fingers crossed.

Here are some pictures!

some of these are from zone conference all of the spanish sisters, and then sisters and elders combined. Then my bff Hna Brunsdale! One day we will be companions.
Then a white rat…so gross, what do ya do when they just give it to you.

p.s. I ate chicken feet this week.

 

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