Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ"

Una semana mas! The MTC is the greatest, and I'm feeling a little apprehensive about not knowing a lot of Spanish still, but really excited to get out into the field!

So many great stories from our district this week. Hermana Cadavieco sprained her ankle playing volleyball, and Elder Prina got a concussion. But everyone is happy and healthy now,a  lot of prayers have been answered, and it seems like everyone is going to be able to get safely off onto their missions. 

The other day we were walking to a meeting, and Hermana McCracken and I were way ahead of everyone else because some of us like to get places quickly and some of us like to meander around until we eventually get there. It's a good thing we're not the pioneers because it would have taken us 20 years to cross the plains. 

Also, always be aware of everything you're wearing including jewelry as a missionary, I was wearing a really long necklace with little beads that look kind of like pearls, and we were teaching a couple from Guatemala who are Catholic, Hely and Jose, and Jose saw my necklace and was like "Oh are you catholic?" Because I didn't realize it looks kind of like a rosary at first and as soon as I realized I felt so bad and everyone was confused, so Hermana McCracken and I spent ten minutes trying to explain it even though we don't know any words in Spanish that related, but we figured it out and they understood and weren't offended at all, but I will definitely pay more attention in the future. 

We had an amazing devotional last night. Linda K. Burton, the General Relief Society President spoke to us. We talked a lot about being disciples of Christ, and how as missionaries we are representing Him to the world. Our voice is his voice and our actions are his actions. We've been talking a lot about this topic this week, and I've applied a secular story to a spiritual thought, but I think it kind of works. Elder Holland gave a talk at the MTC a few years ago about how as missionaries, and how as disciples of Christ, we don't pull people up to Christ, we go to their level, and help them work their way up. We don't start using words and acronyms and gospels terms they don't understand, we figure out where they are and help them get up from there.
It's like a guy is walking down the street and falls in a hole. There are going to be plenty of people who will write directions to get out and throw them down to them. As missionaries, as disciples of Christ, we jump in the hole with them, and say "I've been down here before, and I know the way out." Because all of us have had experiences and we have all felt lost at some point. But we know the way to get back into the light. And it's because Christ did the exact same thing for us. He did the hard work, he performed the Atonement he paid the price for our sins, and paved the way for us to return to God. Christ has felt every pain and every sorrow and borne every trial right along with us, and he knows the way out because he walked it all alone so we don't have to. The gospel of Jesus Christ is amazing, that someone could love that much. So we can have joy in this life and eternal life with God. And He already did the heavy lifting. We don't have to suffer, we just have to have faith. It's amazing that an imperfect person like me gets to share this incredible message of a perfect Savior and a perfect gospel. 

Being a missionary is amazing! Thank you so much for all of your love and support! I love hearing about all the things you are doing and all the spiritual experiences you're having. Les quiero mucho! Next stop, Minnesota!

Hermana Meredith

3 Nephi 5:13 "Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have 

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