Monday, November 30, 2015

Anali and divine nature

 So I thought I would share a little bit of my email to president this week!
Hi President! We have had a good week! We were in Cusco and Urubamba this week. We stayed on Monday and the morning on Tuesday because my companion has had more examines and we are trying to figure out what she has. It is frustrating for her because there is no solution and she is in constant pain. She works and works but it is constantly there. It is just gases in her intestines we think... but she is doing the best she can. As she is adjusting to a new area, new people, and the responsibilities... it is a bit overwhelming. But I LOVE her so much! She has helped me so much and is a companion I enjoy. This is such a blessing for me right now.

But we were able to have a baptism this week! It was so good. I love the change I have seen. I see it in each convert. But wow, this work is better than anything else I could be doing. Her name is Anali, she is 20 years old and in her first lesson she said she didn’t believe in God. You can bet I had tears in my eyes as she came up out of the water and she was crying out of joy. But also, she told me... I wish my Mom was here to experience this with me. Her mom has cut her off completely. It breaks my heart. They are devoted Catholics and she said that she will no longer be supporting her in her schooling because of this decision. HOW HARD. Just to follow Christ. Oh my heart hurts for her. But at the same time she IS SO HAPPY. To help others tap into the atonement is unreal. She has been able to literally do things she never thought she could. She has forgiven someone who has hurt her which was extremely hard for her to do. She has come to church every Sunday for the last 5 months, and has read her scriptures and prayed each day. She has made decisions, and followed the commitments we gave her. She is incredible and will be a strong convert. I love her, and I love seeing the change that happens when we apply the gospel.

I have been studying this week about our divine nature. What a blessing it has been for me to have parents that have taught this since day 1. I know that I am a daughter of God. I know my Heavenly Father loves me. Just from this I find strength and desire to work as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I have been able to see this divine nature in others as I have lived my life because when I understand who I am, I want others to know as well. Here in the mission, and especially this last Saturday as I was able to witness Anali make the decision to be baptized I have realized that serving, loving others, and seeing their divine nature brings me true joy. Seeing them change to have better lives is the best thing that I can do. And it doesn’t require going on a mission.

In the new conference issue Rosemary M. Wixom described ways to remember our divine potential.
-Look not only in a mirror but out a window
-Ask Heavenly Father in prayer how he really feels about being his son or his daughter
-Listen to the prophet’s voice; it gives you strength to follow His will
-Serving others
-Partaking of the sacrament weekly to remember that His son, our brother gives us desire to keep moving forward

Ask yourself what you are doing to live your life as a child of God? How can you develop the divine nature that is within you? President Uchdtorf said… “God sent you here to prepare for a future greater than anything you can imagine.”

This last weekend I had tears in my eyes each lesson. I have been asking heavenly father to help me feel of the love he has for each of the people we are teaching and I have felt it. I feel so grateful to be a part of a work that helps others find true joy. I have had the privilege to have the gospel my whole life. I never understood what a blessing that was until I came here into the mission. My family loves me and wants me to follow Christ. My parents rejoice because I am here. I am blessed. The mission has been an addition to my life that will forever be something I am grateful for. I love this gospel. I know that being a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a privilege. An opportunity to learn and grow and oh how I love it.

I have to go! But have a great week! Love you all! D&C 6:8 (One of my favorite scriptures)

Hermana Frame

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