This ones going to be a short one and I wish I had more time!
This week I have gained a strong testimony of Heavenly Father's love. Through many people and experiences I have seen His hand in it all and it just amazes me.
Tuesday we had interviews with President Stoker. The love that man has for us missionaries is incredible. I am so grateful for his inspiration and the ability I have to feel God's love for me through him is incredible. Sometimes when an area is slow you tend to think of yourself as horrible missionary...and I'm sure its happened to every normal missionary. So I expressed to President my feelings of inadequacy and he was inspired to tell me and Sister Olsen to read through Preach My Gospel Chapter 1. And in the chapter there is a section that lists attributes and actions of a successful missionary. So we read through them and then listed off things that we had actually done that displayed those actions..and we realized we weren't horrible missionaries and actually quite successful. And that set the tone for an amazing week of miracles. My eyes were opened to the successes we were having that we hadn't noticed before.
Wednesday we had exchanges and our Sister Training Leader, Sister Bowns, came to Waterville with me. That girl is so AMAZING!! A couple days before she was prompted to give me a scripture to study in Enos 1:17 which says," And I, Enos, knew it would be according to the covenant which he had made; wherefore my soul did rest." And she challenged me to read it and think about how covenants can help us rest. But after she gave it to me I couldn't remember it..but then I found it that morning in my personal study and I centered my studies on that one scripture. It goes on to say, "And the Lord said unto me: Thy fathers have also required of me this thing; and it shall be done unto them according to their faith; for their faith was like unto thine." So I was pondering on how faith can help in leading to covenants and by those covenants how we can rest. I'm still learning and trying to better understand it but I realized that as we make and keep covenants we show our faith in Heavenly Father and through that we have a promise that He will keep his side of the bargain. And when we keep those covenants we can be at complete rest knowing that He will help us and give us full access to the blessings of the atonement. Sorry if that doesn't make sense but it does in my head...Think about it though and let me know your thoughts :)
Well my time is up..I will share more next week. I just know though that God is so aware of each His children. I have felt His love as I develop pure love for his children here in New England. I am continually amazed at his power and wisdom! He is an awesome father.
Hope you all have a greaat week! And #sharethegift of Christmas!!
Love you :)