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Monday, March 21, 2016

Home in ONE WEEK!

















Hey familia!
This has been a good week. We've been working on our finding skills and trying to find the elect. We don't' have many in our investigator pool but we know our time is dedicated and available to those who need this gospel and the Lord will put them in our path!
The Lord puts the people in your life when you most need them, and he knows which people and talents and skills to use--and His timing is perfect! Anyway, during Knock Out we ran into some cute youth-- one has been struggling with the desire to go to church etc. and the other is thinking about preparing for his mission! It's been really cool working with them :) Hopefully we'll keep seeing them this week! It's awesome being able to testify of the restoration and importance of scripture study, church, and prayer :)
My mission life is coming to an end... it's strange but I know there's good times ahead. Wrote down a really good testimony the other day and going to share it with ya'll. 
I know with an overpowering Spirit the love of Heavenly Father and the trust He has in each one of us. We've been given and called before this opportunity to live and love the gospel and be examples of our Savior. I've been grateful for this knowledge all my life. I came to know the gospel truths through learning simple doctrine and putting it in action. The examples in my life were key and influential. At the deepest darkest times I felt alone, I learned the reality of the LIGHT the Savior has. Of the reality that He is indeed right by my side. He sends angels to comfort and guide us. He sends answers to our greatest yearnings in prayer through the scriptures and the temple. He cares for all the infinite details of our lives and has planned happiness and success for us daily -- through the gospel! I know the Priesthood authority has been restored and I'm ever grateful to be living in these latter days with instant access to the power of the covenants I've made with heaven. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. Through His grace and mercy and the Plan of Happiness, I can have the confidence to stand in their presence and lead on them for support and enabling power, so one day I can receive exaltation with my greatest loved ones ♥ The key is to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and to use the atonement. It's not easy, but the all Omnipotent Lord is on our side, so it is possible. I testify of the love He has for you, of the specific plan he needs of you, and that it doesn't end after his mortal life. He trust/cares for you and it proud of your example and true discipleship. 'Never forsake!' True joy and happiness is ONLY found through His restored gospel. I know it; I'm living it; I love it!
This mission has been one of the greatest miracles of my life. What a confirming witness of the truth. Take joy in this journey as we move forward, as defenders of truth and light! Les quiero muchisimo!

See ya'll soon...con carino, hermana day 



If—
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Source: A Choice of Kipling's Verse (1943)


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Starting my Last 2 weeks in the Sunshine State as a missionary!



On top of the building
President and Sister Henrie

Rowr! My dino sweatshirt!


Selfies!

Bear Grylls would say, "It's a jungle out there!"

Knockout!

Feb 29th-March 14th, 2016

Hey familia!

The last couple weeks have been full of missionary adventures -- as always! A cute little girl was baptized yesterday and we got to bear our testimonies and sing some songs. Also got to sing in ward conference and continued with my piano playing. We did some community service this week and we talked to another 1,000+ people this month! Pretty epic! 


We had an amazing dinner -- Korean barbeque -- with the Sevilla family the other night, they are so amazing and their desire to go to the temple and be able to raise a good family is exemplar! Oh and I could pretty much study the scriptures all day if I could.

One thing I love about being a mission is that 100% of my time is literally dedicated to OTHERS! I love being able to drop everything about myself and just SERVE! I feel as if I'm always "on call" to go give a hug, a pep talk, advice, spiritual uplifting, shoulder to lean on, or someone to listen to. I really love it! I feel like my gifts and talents are truly being used to help others and strengthen me to the divine potential and plan I know the Lord has! 

We had a really amazing conversation with someone, we knocked his door the other day. He was quite intelligent and had some amazing insights. I learned that spirituality is mental and inner strength. I also learned that sometimes we are asking and asking and asking for an answer or comfort, etc., and we're looking at only one angle or directions -- we need to take a step back and look left and right and see the whole picture. That's when we realize that the answer is right in front of us! ​

Love ya'll! See you soon.....

Con carino,

Hermana Day


Some other things I've learned and thought I'd share:

Safe-guards:
·         Be in-tune with spiritual promptings and aware of what will draw you away from the Holy Ghost. Act upon promptings!
·         Be focused with your purpose. To serve and to be a disciple of Christ!
·         Be disciplined and accountable to yourself. Make and follow guidelines. Stay away from potential danger! Be disciplined and have self-control.
·         Be one with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's purpose. Let devices help not distract.

Process for Overcoming Temptation when you feel vulnerable:
·         Be aware and acknowledge 
·         Choose to act

·         Learn and improve