I have learned so much this week. for the past little bit I have been repeatedly told the same lesson, about how to forget the past, looking toward the future, and loving the people here on my mission with the pure love of Christ. This week, I feel like I've learned that lesson not only in my head, but also in my heart. Humility is a huge thing. and I know I've been saying it a lot, but I finally am beginning to understand what it means when I say people have to choose FOR THEMSELVES. that's what AGENCY means. I have also learned that a mission is not what it seems. it is an amazing thing, but its very different from every expectation I had.Monday, during emails, I ended up spending a lot of the time talking to this guy next to me, who basically knew my life. it was CRAZY. he basically told me exactly the same things Hermana Simmons and I had been talking about all weekend. (she was trying to drill that lesson into me, but it wasn't quite working). after p-day we taught a lesson and went to family home evening, which was great because the other sisters needed members to be there for their investigators.
another great quote that was shared during this lesson is this:
"we must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us"
Saturday was a long day. we studied untill 10, when we went to the Nevada Day parade. we were there for 2 hours before we started walking. but it was cool to see everyone there. we walked along the edges of the pioneers, members in helping hand shirts, and missionaries dressed normal, handing out fliers for the BBQ we were having right after the parade. we headed over there quickly and had a great time. we had some investigators with us, and we were able to teach them a lot about the church, and the family history center. then we taught a different investigator a lesson, and invited him to be baptized. I think he will get baptized. we were going to teach Rex, but we felt like today was not the right day, so we taught other people instead
Sunday was daylight savings, but we got our clocks messed up, and we almost got up and ready at 5:30 instead of 6:30 :P but we caught ourselves. we had church and I played the piano in Spanish sacrament meeting. I don't play well, but I at least can carry a tune, which is more than most. but I've improved since I started my mission. I know the lord helps those who rely on him. after dinner, We then taught a few lessons, one with our new investigators, and one with Rex. he was drunk, and upset with us, because we didn't visit him, the night before to stop him from getting drunk, but he needed to have agency. he went to a concert, and everyone there had drugs, but every time anyone offered them to him, he would see my face telling him not to do it, so he didn't. I thought that was pretty cool, that I've had that much of an impact on him in such a short amount of time.
This week, overall has been amazing. I have learned so much about loving people. I knew it in my head before, but now I have started to learn it in my heart. and I hope to be able to apply it always.
the first three Christlike attributes in preach my Gospel are: Faith Hope, and Charity, (charity being the pure love of Christ) we cant have charity if we don't have faith or hope. so, if you are charitable, you have faith and hope in something.