Saturday, May 6, 2017

"They did lift their cries to the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies"

La familia Servin. We are really excited that Alex
is going to be able to get baptized soon!
Buenos dias! 

Because it was the end of the month, we were seriously low on miles, and might have gone 30 over, but the elders in our district say they went 50 under so we should be good. We did bike a whole ton this week though, even a few miles in the pouring rain. But we survived, no one got hurt and we feel 500% more like missionaries when we're biking everywhere. 

Hermana Hughes also hurt her foot right before I got here, so 7 weeks ago, and this week we finally got permission to go to the doctor to get it checked out. So after waiting in urgent care for 3 hours we finally got in at around 9:30 pm and got an x-ray, and shared a gospel message with the people working the x-ray machine, and good new is her foot isn't broken, but they also don't know what's wrong so we'll just have to wait and see if maybe it starts to feel better after a while.

The word of this week is reconnoiter, the verb form of reconnaisance. I had my first zone conference this week, and it was incredible, besides the fact is snowed the whole time because Minnesota is crazy. We learned a lot about the importance of following up with everyone. Not just investigators or people you're teaching, but everyone you're working with. If you ask the bishop or a member for a referall you have to go look into it and report back, or in other words reconnoiter, within a week, and show that you place a lot of importance of finding through members and taking seriously the people they ask you to go visit. So now you'll never forget the word reconnoiter. And we had an incredible experience this week asking a member for a referal 

I have learned so many new things from the Book of Mormon this week. One of my new favorite stories is just a few verses from 3 Nephi 4:8-10. When the Gaddianton robbers are coming to attack the Nephites it says "And it came to pass, that the armies of the Nephites, when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi, had all fallen to the earth, and did lift their cries to the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies. And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with a loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies. But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites did not fear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection; therefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea in the strength of the Lord they did receive them." As missionaries, and as members of the church, or as members of whatever faith or belief you are, people are going to think you're pretty weird for believing the things you do and doing the things you do. Our faith might be viewed as weakness, but we know we place our faith and our trust in God, and that is all that matters. When our first line of defense is crying out to the Lord God for protection, He can protect you against anything the world might try to throw at you. 

Missionary work is so hard, but it is also so amazing, and everyday you learn more and become better and know how to do more and be better the next day. Thank you as always for the love and support, keep doing great things! 

Spanish Speaking Missionaries in Minneapolis

Bike Day!

Road trip to Wisconsin (just to see this sign then
we drove back across the bridge)

Stillwater is the best! A great day of antiquing :)

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