Monday, January 12, 2015

Week # 21 - Be Ye Doers of the Word and not Hearers only!

Hola all ye fair people of the outside world!  

This week has been the BEST. One of our sweet 73 yr old investigators named Victor had us over to help him build his fence and eat some lunch. We sat down and he brought all the food to the table and then stopped, walked over to Hna McGrath with a look of such tenderness and sweetness and kissed her on the top of the head. Then he walked over and did the same to me. Then he says, "God knows how much I love you two." He always prays that God would protect us because he needs us and needs the message we have. Precious :) Then we were building the fence and he starts teasing us call us his "ayudantes" and explaining that Hna McGrath is a terrible one and I'm the good one because I'm tall and have long arms...I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. :) Victor found a lizard and we were looking at it when Victor took it and stuck it on his EAR!  So funny. He then took it off and stuck it on mine! Then when he tried to put it on Hna McGrath's, it just laid there limp. IT DIED. I was looking at so concerned that we had killed it and Victor just goes, "It's okay, it's okay. It's not dead, just sleeping! Let's put it over here and it'll wake up soon." For the record: Definitely dead. Victor is just a gem. I hope and pray that he can get baptized within a year but it will likely be 2-3 because he needs the First Presidency's permission...He wants it so badly. I have gained so much more appreciation for the gospel through his eyes! 

Some of the most amazing miracles have happened this week. We had Elder Zwik, of the 70, come and talk to us and change things in the mission. Yikes. The Lord is so in this work! We have been applying what he has taught and have seen amazing miracles because of it. I have no doubt that the prophets and apostles are called of God and PREPARED by God. I have such a firm testimony that the Lord will never leave us alone because we will always have these inspired priesthood holders and their wives. I am counting on the fact that they are inspired as Elder Zwik told all of the Hermanas that we "will be happily married after our missions". I'm counting on it! ;) 

One miracle has to do with Robert. We actually aren't sure if he is already a member or not. Anyway, Robert grew up in a family that did NOT mention the name of God within the home because of the bitterness of his father. Quite sad, really. Anyway, he is a miracle because the sister's found him about 6 months ago, he got busy, and then out of the blue we ran into him again! He stopped his car, parked and came over to talk to us in the street :) Pretty good sign of being elect when he immediately asked to take lessons again. Anyway, life has been getting harder and Satan has been really stretching him. BUT we got a lesson in with him yesterday and taught the principle of how commandments bring peace. Then we showed him "The Refiners Fire" on Mormon Messages. We explained how it may be hard to follow the commandments and to do the things that we had been asked to, but that we would ALWAYS come out on top.  

I've been reading a lot about Nephi as I have followed Elder Bednar's challenge to read a Proselyting BoM with a specific topic in mind. I chose to use the scriptures to find out Who I Am.  Nephi often bears testimony of how the Lord will always prepare a way for us to complete the things that He has commanded us. Laman and Lemuel were put through the same challenges as was Nephi ....the difference was the way in which they handled their circumstances. I want to have more faith and more trust in the Lord that I won't complain or get frustrated when appointments fall through or when I can't understand people. I want to be a Nephi - strong, stalwart in the faith, and willing to all he has been commanded/asked to do by the mission president. I WILL GO AND DO. Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only. James 1:22 

I love YOU!

Hna Lake

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