Something awesome: we got SEVEN new investigators!!! We had exchanges this week, so I spent the whole day with my old trainer Hna Monerly (It was just like the good ol' times). We did some service as a mission for the World Police and Fire Games that is being held here in Fairfax this year a while back, and we finally got our free t-shirts!
Something not so awesome: it's getting hotter and "humid-er", and it's not fun. Seriously once I walk outside, it feels like I'm swimming!! The mosquitos still love me. I'm 1/3 done with my mission, I only have one dang year left! :(
Hispanic fact of the week: So, Hispanics are always late and they love saving things until the last minute. In fact, the English missionaries sometimes tease us in the Hispanic program that the culture is rubbing off on us because we usually are the last people to get to meetings. Anyway, you can only imagine what happens when you combine Hispanic standard time with Mormon standard time...yep everyone is late to church. It's pretty funny, I love it! Spanish program is the best!
Something I learned this week: Hna Riddle was actually the one who originally showed this to me, but I was thinking about it this week and studied a little bit more about becoming perfect. In the new testament, Jesus is giving his sermon on the mount and he gives the commandment to be perfect, he says," Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)
Then, in the Book of Mormon, when Jesus appeared to the people as a resurrected being he said," Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect." (3 Nephi 12:48)
The second time, Jesus included himself when he was describing perfection. Pretty cool right!? There is no way that we can become perfect here in this life, we will still need to work on it for a long while.
I also read a quote from Joseph Smith that reads, "I believe the Lord meant just what he said: that we should be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect. That will not come all at once, but line upon line, and precept upon precept, example upon example, and even then not as long as we live in this mortal life, for we will have to go even beyond the grave before we reach that perfection and shall be like God.
But here [earth] we lay the foundation. Here is where we are taught these simple truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in this probationary state, to prepare us for that perfection. It is our duty to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than we are today. Why? Because we are on that road, if we are keeping the commandments of the Lord, we are on that road to perfection, and that can only come through obedience and the desire in our hearts to overcome the world.”
So as long as we are striving our best to be better everyday and to become more like Christ, everything will work out.
¡Que Dios les bendiga, cuídense mucho!
Well, Ashley "loves missionary work!" That is all I can really ask for and I am very grateful to the Lord for blessing Ashley for doing HIS work, which in turn has blessed her life and the life of our family, by bring into our lives a greater Spirit of Christ! Although we have distractions, disappointments, struggles, sadness and also happy and fun times in life, when we focus our lives around Christ and try to live more like Him, we are humbled, blessed, and better people! As Ashley said, we just have to keep on trying to be better tomorrow than we were today!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is beautiful and will bring joy to our lives. Nothing the gospel teaches will ever harm us but only benefit us and everyone for the better. By learning and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and completing the requirements our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ have set forth through word and example, we will be eternally blessed far greater that we can even imagine. The amazing knowledge of the Gospel brings peace and joy and this is why we are a missionary people--we want all to know and benefit from the blessings of the Gospel!