Monday, January 26, 2015

Something Ive really been focusing on this week is the mistakes we have made and continue to make, and the way we see these two things. We have an investigator who{s wife passed away about 2 years ago from cancer, and from a bad surgery that occurred. This man has such a deep sadness of confusion and anger. And not just because the loss of his wife but because of the doctor who made this mistake. He puts all of the blame on this doctor and on himself. He feels it is impossible to rid himself of this guilt. He couldnt be any more mistaken. God loves us. He is our Heavenly Father, He does not want us to suffer. He wants us to have joy, and we can recieve that joy through forgiveness.

"We must recognize that we are all imperfect—that we are beggars before God. Haven’t we all, at one time or another, meeklyapproached the mercy seat and pleaded for grace? Haven’t we wished with all the energy of our souls for mercy—to beforgiven for the mistakes we have made and the sins we have committed?

Because we all depend on the mercy of God, how can we deny to others any measure of the grace we so desperately desirefor ourselves? My beloved brothers and sisters, should we not forgive as we wish to be forgiven?" -Pres. Uchtdorf

We have all made mistakes, and we continue to do so. But when we get on our knees and plea for this sweet gift of mercy from our Father in Heaven we will grow to comprehend the great importance the Atonement of Jesus Christ more and more in our daily lives. I know without any doubt in my mind that the Atonement is real, that God forgives and He loves. And I know that this is the only way we can progress. Dont listen to the Prince of suffering, Satan, he wants you to fall while our Heavenly Father wants us to fly.

Recognize your imperfections but dont be immobilized by them.

con mucho amor,

Hna Waddell
Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that like wise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and ninejust persons, which need no repentance.

we had a family home evening and it was a party haha, we played the flour game

and I had splits with my awesome sister training leader hna Borja from Paraguay!

Monday, January 19, 2015

So I know Ive been really bad with writing lately, but don't worry, Im going to do better.
This week has been full of mishaps and letdowns, while at the same time a chance for me and my investigators to build on our testimony.
I just want to share a short story on a new investigator we found. Her name is Bety and she has had a lot of trying times in her life. We went to visit her the other day and the moment she opened the door her face just lit up. Shes was more than excited to tell us about an experience she had with The Book of Mormon and prayer.
Things had been going down hill, she couldnt find work, her son was sick, shes taking care of her granddaughter because of other family problems; when she decided to take a moment to pray. When she prayed she asked for comfort and help in these trials she was passing through and then had the impression to read in the Book of Mormon. She opened to a random page and began to read. She told us with red watery eyes that the chapter she had read had been exactly what she needed in that moment. And the rest of that following night and day everything started falling into place. She knew that these blessings were from her small act of faith to pray and read the word of God.
I am in love with these moments. Seeing the faith of others grow is what causes my heart to throb every day as I am thanking God. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. And I know, without a drop of doubt, that God hears and answers our prayers. It has been confirmed to me constantly.
Although we have had a lot of hard times this week, its made those little things that much brighter.
Focus on the good, and search for the better.
(a scripture from the chapter she read...Moroni 7:48)
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure.Amen.

Les quiero mucho.
con amor,
Hermana Waddell


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