This past week has been ANYTHING but tranquilo. Its been probably the craziest week of my mission, but I have a feeling that this will be the new normal pretty soon here. We had exchanges from Tues-wed, mission zone confon thurs, exchange Friday to Saturday and no rest in between! but that's how we like it... maybe I will unpack one of these days, that would be cool.
So sister dubon and I gave a training at zone meeting on the Basics of the Gospel. The spirit was so strong. At one point I literally had to say, "okay everyone, do you feel that?? the spirit is here!" Sometimes, we get so caught up on if someone isn't keeping the word of wisdom or going to church that we only scratch the surface by teaching about the commandments. The surest way to change behavior is by teaching the basics of the gospel. We really focused alot on applying the atonement and how we can do so in our everyday lives as missionaries of the Lord. Sister Dubon and I learned so much as we prepared for this training. We started by writing on the board a quote by one of the general authorities that says, "the greatest spiritual giants come from the those who were the greatest sinners or those who passed through the greatest trials" We talked a lot about why this is true. The connect here is obviously the Atonement. Its only the Savior that can take away the pains of sin or can give us power from heaven to overcome the fiery darts of the adversary. We both agree that we were so lucky to be given that topic of the training because we learned the most :)
So real quick on the exchanges. The first exchange was with a brand new missionary, Sister W and she came with me in my area. I was 100% relying on the Lord for this one because this area was so new to me and I wanted this girl to see major miracles on her first exchange. and oh boy did we. We were finding Hispanics left and right walking in the calles and set many appts that day. We were driving away and I saw this guy walking into his house and the spirit whispered clearly to me that we needed to turn around and talk to him. so we did, walked up and knocked on his door, has an awesome first lesson, and he accepted baptism! She's an English missionary so was kinda lost the whole time but we left and she said, "I have no idea what went down, but the spirit was SO there!" Later on in the exchange I asked her why she came out on her mission. She mentioned that her best friend/cousin unexpectedly took her own life when she was a senior in high school and it really had a big impact on her. She said it was so hard to cope with, but found such comfort in the plan of salvation, and wants others to feel that comfort as well. I felt prompted to ask a little bit more about her cousin. She showed me a purple wristband that she wears the says her cousins name and I was like wow that looks so familiar. she was talking about her more when I realized that my boyfriend in college wore that same wristband. I grabbed Sister W and was like OH MY WORD. this is not a coincidence. I told her that I dated someone who was very good friends with her cousin and took the lost of S (her cousin's name) very hard and how I visited her grave on the one-year mark of her death. Sister W teared up said that it was such an answered prayer that we made this connection because she really felt as if she needed someone to talk to about all of it. It was such a miracle to see how the Lord knows us so well and works in such mysterious ways.
I love you all! quote of the week from sister dubon and I: "we look so beat, but we are happier than we've ever been"