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that we are on public transportation we always get lost and are always
waiting way too long for the bus. Wa-wa is a Latino word for bus but in
some countries like Chile, wa-wa means baby. So it's a really funny
phrase to say depending on what type of Latinos are around.
But twice just this week we have been waiting at bus stops and different Elders saw us and gave us rides!
on the buses, we talk to a lot more people. It's amazing to see how
many people know how we are even on this side of the Country. We don't
even have to introduce ourselves half the time! It's so cool to see the
prophesy being fulfilled that the Gospel will sound in every ear, to all
people. It's happening! Everyone we talk to knows someone in their life
that is a member!
Though, not all people are kind about it, we
were trying to find a less actives house and saw a guy shoveling snow,
so I asked him if we could help and he talked to us-well I should say
lectured us for 20 minuets about our religion. But he did thank us for
offering so if anything hopefully he can just think of the church now as
good people trying to help out.
We had an amazing zone
conference! All of our mission presidency spoke to us. My favorite thing
was President Packard's discussion on repentance. The English
translation of the word changes our view on what repentance means. The
Hebrew word is Shub which means to turn or return. Repentance means to
return to God. The Hebrew to Greek translation word is Metanoeo, meta
means change and oeo means air, so change how we think. Become a new
creature through Christ. The error is in the Greek translation to Latin
the word is Poenitere, poen means punish. That is not what was intended
for the word to mean! We should think of repentance as turning away
from our sins, and turning to God.
"Exaltation is a process of
becoming. Repentance is a process of becoming. If you aren't repenting
then you are not becoming, and if you aren't becoming, then forgiveness
will not help you very much." -President Packard
That's why in the scriptures it says to speak nothing but faith and repentance to the people-faith and turning unto God.
are going crazy this week! As a zone we set a goal to have 70 new
investigators this month. We only have 7 companionships, so that's 10
new investigators per companionship, the record before was 39. In 3 days
we are already at 23 new investigators!! It's so cool! Hermana Riggs
and I got really pumped when we set the goal so we decided to be as
obedient as possible so the Lord could work through us, the next day we
got 3 investigators! We have a total of 5 in our companionship. The Lord
has already prepared these people, He is just waiting for us to be
worthy to be His vessel for these people to come unto Christ.
I am so grateful for our Heavenly Parents and the love they have for us!
And to be able to share a message about our individual worth to those
who don't think they have worth. As I testified to Elena, our new
investigator, that God loves her and she is destined to be a Queen if
she follows the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the proper authority, she
cried. I have never felt the power of the Spirit that much in my
mission. How grateful am I to have been a vessel!!!!
I was transferred from Martha's Vineyard to Revere, Massachusetts!
To a SPANISH WARD!!!!!! I have never worked with a Spanish Ward. Only groups! So this is huge! Haha. There's a total of about 500 members... only about 110 are active.
We got a lot of work to do.
THE BRO ZONE
So I am now in the Cambridge North Zone, which was called the BroZone. There were only Elders in this zone but not anymore!!!! Sister Riggs and I are here!
There's about 20 Elders and 2 sisters. And it is so much fun!!! And they are really supportive! They are always asking us if we need help and when they can they pick us up because we are lost... I love them all so much!
So we always say
"I am shot gunning [Revere Spanish]"
That means that both myself and my new companion are replacing the two missionaries that were in the area. In our case, Revere 1st had two Elders. One Elder went home and the other was transferred to another area.
Sister Riggs and I both came and shot gunned Revere!
And boy it has been an adventure!
The missionaries before us didn't leave any notes, maps, schedules, etc.
Sister Riggs and I don't know where to go. To say it nicely, the Elders didn't do anything here, hence we are technically opening a new area.
The Elders APARTMENT......
was a complete mess.
I don't even want to get started...
It took us 2 days to clean it.
People, opening an new area is super hard! And especially when you don't have a car. Sister Riggs and I don't know where to go or how to get to places and it is really overwhelming. But you know what? Since when has missionary work been easy? Yeah I might cry myself to sleep since I got here because I just don't know how I am going to get to all the less actives homes. I don't know how to get to places, I don't know where streets are, I don't know anything. But I will succeed because the Lord knows everything. He know where His people live. He knows their needs. And He will guide me to them. He has told me that everything is going to be alright and I trust Him. I have never felt the Lord's love and guidance more than I have ever felt it since I got to Revere. And maybe because in other areas I had a car or at least a companion who was there longer. But here we are alone. And it is okay. How else am I suppose to grow? There is no growth in comfort zones.
The Lord is with me and He is with all of you, as long as you let him in!