Monday, November 7, 2016

Aligning Our Will With His

November 7, 2016
Hey Family and Friends!!

So, I have had the best week of my mission—full of miracles and spiritual revelation. This week was Zone Conference and Zone Training.
Both were just so revelatory and amazing. It was all about personal and companionship study and how we can be more unified and prepared
for the Lord’s work. We are also doing a mission wide Book of Mormon challenge by reading 9 pages a day until Christmas day. It is the best!  I have loved every day of it! It is so amazing how as we read the scriptures, the Lord makes certain things that had never stood out before suddenly stand out! I just love it!!

A super cool miracle that happened this week was during district meeting. My companion and I had been talking about the changes we were going to make as a companionship to become more unified and in tune with the Lord’s will so that we can receive His blessings.
Right after Sister Goff and
I discussed what we were going to do, our phone rang and Sister Goff quickly answered it. It was from Sister Brunner, the bishop’s wife. She said that she had a “golden referral” for us. A member of our church from Mexico contacted Sister Brunner and wanted missionaries to go and visit her friend Maria Munoz, right here in Abilene, KS.  She had been talking to Maria about the Book of Mormon and now Maria wanted to learn more. Right after we got off the phone we said a prayer of thanks to the Lord and then drove back from Salina to Abilene and got in contact with Maria and set up an appointment with her the next day. After our lesson with her, she was excited to prepare for baptism on November 27th!! I know that as we show the Lord that we are willing to change and align our will with His and show Him our desires that He blesses us.

Alisha’s mom asked if there was an Abilene Ward AND a Salina Ward or if they were combined.  The people in Abilene must drive 30 minutes to get to the church building in Salina, KS.  For her friends and family in CA, that is a distance!
So, the Salina Ward is Abilene and Salina mixed together but we are hoping to someday have an Abilene ward.

Her mom asked when the next transfers were.
Transfers are next week. We will find out next Monday if either of us stay or leave or if both of us leave... cuz that happens too.  

Alisha’s mom likes to ask what was the funniest thing that happened this week.  Sometimes she isn’t sure she should have asked.
The funniest thing that happened this week was... hmm.. oh!  Sister Goff and I like to see how many cockroaches we can kill while in some people’s homes and then when we get back in the car, we tally them and then make up stories on how the cockroaches reacted when they saw our foot looming over them.  Then we make up screams for them!   Hahaha so freaking funny!!!

Well, that’s all! I hope you have a great week!


Sister Magda!

Watch Your Words

October 31, 2016
Sister Magda knew that her mom, aunt and grandma were meeting at McDondald's on Halloween for Swiggies and Giggles so she sent this picture to show her solidarity.

I know that I have been super bad with sending emails out ha ha. It’s mostly because by the end of the week I can't remember what happened that week.... the days all blend together; it’s so weird. But, I will do my best to remember.
Last Monday was Ibet’s 18th birthday so we took her out to Joe Snuffy’s for dinner.
It was super fun! She’s just a ray of sunshine. She’s getting her patriarchal blessing soon and she’s excited and so are we.
We’ve been working with Karla and she’s doing well. She had the Priesthood bestow a blessing on her home this week and the Spirit was so strong. She is such an amazing person! She loves learning more about the gospel and she loves reading the Book of Mormon! Last week she committed to living the Word of Wisdom and quit drinking coffee! She is preparing for baptism on November 20th.
trampoline smiles

So here is a funny/odd story... we went to a less active member’s house to visit a lady.  We brought a member of our ward with us.  This lady wasn't home but her mother was. (Her mother is not a member of our church.) We were visiting with her and admiring her Halloween decorations. The conversation then turned to speaking about her daughter and the Gospel.   The mother then opened up to us and told us she had listened to the missionary lessons when the elders were teaching her daughter and that she almost got baptized.  The sad part was that when those particular elders were transferred to another area, she decided not to. The member we had taken with us said, "It sounds like you were only interested in converting for the elders and not for the Lord or his Gospel"... I thought to myself, "uh oh" and then those two just went at it and were like bickering and the member said, “Your daughter is less active because of you and your stubbornness!" Then the mother got so mad and walked back to her house yelling "GET OUT! GET OUT!  THIS IS WHY I DON'T LIKE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE" and slammed the door.... I was mortified. Later that day the less active member that we were trying to visit in the first place called us and asked who the member was that argued with her mom so she could go talk to her. It was so scary!  We must be so careful with people!  Even if we are saying truthful things, if it hurts someone, it may be best left unsaid. 

Last Tuesday I went on exchanges with Sister Dingman in Salina, and we had such an awesome time!
I love having the chance to learn from other missionaries and see how much they love the Savior and how they share His love for their investigators through them. Afterward, we exchanged back and went to Olive Garden and talked and laughed and had a great time.

I love my mission so much there is literally nothing better than to be the Lord's missionary preaching the gospel to my brothers and sisters. I love Kansas so much!!
It is the most wonderful and beautiful state. The Lord has blessed me so much; he sent me to the best mission in the world!!!

I love you all so much have a Fantabulastic week!!!


Sister Magda