Monday, August 31, 2015

Week 9: Trials, TIWI and Teaching With The Spirit

YEE HAW!!!! What a week. It is starting to go by fast. It felt like just a couple days ago that I was emailing last weeks email. Well last Thursday I was really frustrated and hating life, and I wasn't sure why God gave us certain trials, and in my exact words I said, " I don't know why God gives us certain challenges, and that is one question I am dying to find out". Fast forward to the next day, Friday Aug.28,  dololololololue (fast forward noises), Again here is what I said in my journal: "It's funny how it took me only one day to recognize and understand why my trials are so valuable". Because we (Elder Christensen and I) were able to talk to Achilles (18 years old) and his dad (Basilio, who is some age of a dad) on Friday, and Basilio asked this amazing question: How do you come to know God, because I think that he is there, but I'm not sure? So in that moment, I was prompted to share my conversion story to the gospel of how I was going through a lot of trials a couple years ago, and it didn't seem like there was too much light in the future because of my sickness. In that moment of pain was when I came across 2 Nephi 26:23-24 which reads:

23 For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness.

24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him.Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.

 I told them, that I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do not let us live in darkness. We are able to have light in our lives, and we can overcome any challenge. The spirit was really strong in the room, and I know that it was the spirit who was talking. They also started asking questions about the Plan of Salvation, like: where are we from, why are we here, and my dad who died was a good man, well . . . where is he right now? I was like: I love you!!! Because we had practiced the Plan of Salvation that morning, and when we shared the Plan of Salvation, the spirit grew stronger and stronger. I am so grateful for my trials. They have helped me so much in my life, and more importantly I am able to easily relate to those in tough situations. I know that through Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ we can overcome any trial, no matter how hard it may be.

I had an amazing day Yesterday!!!! We had 5 investigators come, to our Spanish and English ward (I don't know if I have said this, but that I am in a Spanish and English Ward, entonces I get to speak English and Spanish, but that I get to speak English, so yeah I like English, not saying I don't like Spanish, cause I do, but Spanish is difficult, and when people are talking a million miles per hour in Spanish, it just goes over my head. But yeah English is good)!!! It was amazing. I think the best part about the whole thing was the talks in Sacrament meeting. The talks were based on overcoming trials, and how we can do it with the help of our Savior, which was perfect for me and Achilles. Then the Sister speaking shared how she deals with heart problems every day, and how she has overcome this trial by building a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ. It was peeeerrrrrffffeeecccctttt. The spirit was so strong, and I was literally glued to the speaker. Oh my goodness, I still can't believe how perfect it all worked out.

This week has been fun as well as spiritual. Some of the fun things that are happening are that Elder Christensen doesn't sing very often, and I do a lot, (Elder Bell he is exactly like you). But if this plays out like the Elder Bell situation, he'll be singing by next week, I'm sure of it. Another funny thing is that we have this thing in our car that can track our speed, tell us when to slow down, tell us if we are driving aggressively, and a couple others. Well, when we get 3 aggressive drivings we lose our driving privileges (3 per person). So last week, I was driving, and it was raining and I didn't see this bump, and I hit it hard, and it was crazy, and TIWI (is the name of it) was like (read this in a super low male voice) Aggressive Driving, so that was fun. But then E. Christensen was driving and the same thing happened to him but that he got two in one day. So basicamente we have been driving extra careful because apparently TIWI doesn't like us.


One more thing is that knocking doors is super fun but so scary. It is so weird just knocking up to some random persons door and talking to them about the gospel. I get so uncomfortable, and one time Elder Christensen and I went to this one door, and right as the person opened it up, Christensen ran around the corner. He is just the kindest buddy ever. But all is well, all is well. Basicamente I'm Giddying up like a cowboy. But it is fun.

I love the mission. It has new things in store each week. It is tough, spiritual, fun, crazy and full of light. It is so amazing seeing the light come into people lives. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us. We are here to make a difference in our families, friends and random peoples lives. I love you all. Remember who each one of you are. Recuerda quien es. Nos Vemos.

Sincerely Elder Heiner

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