Not much time this week because I had to take a survey! So, i’ll get to the important parts of the week.
Well, Cristina didn’t end up getting baptized. Her parents don’t support her at all and there was a lot of contention in the home because of her decision, which is really sad. It was really sad to hear what she is going through, but we are going to keep working with her and supporting her in whatever decision she takes. I truly love her and only want the best for her, and I know that this gospel truly brings the greatest amount of peace and joy that we can ever acheive in this life. I told her we will support her in whatever decision she makes, but that we are only there because we want the best for her. We’ll see how this next week goes.
Okay, when I get home I will noooot be watching scary movies. That’s a fact. As missionaries, we are “set apart from the world” with a blessing which seriously makes us more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It also makes us sensitive to any other form of spirit. I was in a member’s house eating and in the next room over, someone was watching a scary movie….I honestly felt a really dark presence and knew it was coming from the movie. Movies like that are super captivating and can actually scare us, and it is because it invites bad spirits. It invites bad energy into the room and it is not good for our souls. We should be occupied watching movies or listening to music that uplifts us and makes us happy. Search out the things of God because anything that doesn’t make you feel true joy or happiness is not of God and we shouldn’t waste our time on it.
This week I learned that you really can change someone through love and through actions. If someone doesn’t treat you right, it can be hard to act towards them with love. I promise you that if you look past the things they have done to hurt you and just try and love them, that God will bless you with that attribute of charity. If someone treats you badly, you look past it and serve them, they will have a change of heart. Love them and realize that they are also a child of God and they just need love. People are bitter because they have gone through hard experiences in life. So cheer them up! Hug them, write them a note, wash their dishes, make their bed, compliment them, let them see that you truly love them! Even if you don’t at first, as you serve them more, I promise you that God will bless you to have love for them. It is the most incredible thing we can do. You can truly change people through simply serving them and loving them. And I know it is easier said than done, but if you can do this you will not only see a change in them but you will see a change in yourself. You will have more patience, more love for everyone, and you will be a lot happier in life. You won’t hold grudges, you won’t have that weight in your heart causing you to be bitter towards them. It is a true blessing and an example that Jesus Christ Himself has given us. Just love others. That is why it is the second greatest commandment. Because if you love everyone, you will do all that God and Jesus want you to do…and you will have a happy life.
Side note for ya’ll….Hermana Dunne has a companion that has been very challenging do deal with so needless to say, she is learning a ton from her experience with her. –Lisa (her mama)
This week I also read in 1 Nephi 5:2, 4-6 and learned how we should treat someone if they have a concern or complaint. study it and apply it to your lives. Study how Lehi reacted to the situation.
I also read in 1Nephi 6:4 and really loved what it said. that is the whole purpose of the book of Mormon…to persuade men to come unto God and be saved. How beautiful is that? It is incredible that we have the blessing of such a book. I encourage everyone possible to read this book and reflect on what they learn from it. I know it changes lives. It’s changed mine. Study it daily and I promise you that you will see a difference in your lives, as I have.
I just want to finish with two scriptures.
1 Nephi 17:3 “And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth NOURISH them, and STRENGTHEN them, and PROVIDE means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them.” really reflect on that scripture. It has power.
The other is 1 Nephi 1:20 : “…the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, BECAUSE of their faith, to make them MIGHTY even unto the POWER of deliverance.” This scipture too is so powerful. Really reflect on these and realize what that means for you.
I hope you all had a really great Easter and that you continue to grow in your Faith in God and Jesus Christ…because THEY LIVE. I know it with all my heart and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Love, Hermana Dunne! :}
no pictures again….her sd card has a virus:(