Had to start this email off with laughter so everyone could be happy. SMILE 🙂
This week was the most awful and incredible week ever.
I’m going to talk about 5 trials and then 5 blessings I saw this week.
1. We stopped by a member’s house to drop off a Book of Mormon she asked for and got yelled at and the door literally slammed in our faces by her anti-lds husband.
2. I got more insults and rejection this week than i have in my whole mission.
3. Our house flooded. (however that was more fun than it was a trial hehe)
4. I got suuuper sunburnt. (hurts to move)
5. I got hospitalized and diagnosed with a stomach infection!
All of these five things were trials that kind of brought me down this week. The worst being that I had to go to the hospital because I had to go to Quito and I lost a lot of time to work this week because I had to recuperate. I was really dehydrated and really sick. I couldn’t leave the house for a few days and that is honestly the worst thing ever when all I want to do is go out and talk and teach.
However, Heavenly Father is Great and is full of mercy, love, and miracles. Here are the five blessings I saw this week:
1. We had changes last night but I didn’t get changed. 🙂 I have more chances to work in this sector and with Hna Lopez!
2. I am getting better healthwise. With each day I get stronger.
3. 98 people came to church yesterday! Usually we have 60 or 70. AND my converts from Ibarra came to visit me!
4. Edwin Iza (who i was working with before I got moved to the other side of Quinchuqui) got baptized on saturday!!
5. Heavenly Father blessed us with a miracle couple who will be
Of all of these blessings, the last one is the one that truly has strengthened me the most. Yesterday we got a call from our branch president. He told us there was a couple who wanted to get baptized. Turns out they had been going to church and receiving the missionary lessons in Brazil for three months and were TOTALLY prepared to be baptized! They got their interviews yesterday and after talking with our mission president, everything is going to work out and they will be baptized tomorrow.
One more thing: Try and see both sides of the situation when you’re going through a rough time. And I promise that if you ask Heavenly Father for a different perspective, and do your part, that He will bless you with it. He will heal and comfort your heart. Keep pushing forward; the Lord has a lot of blessings in store for those of you who are keeping His commandments.
Lots of love,Hermana Dunne 🙂
Here is my August 4th letter:
Hey people! Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
1. this week i taught a lesson HALF in kitchwa! I am learning….slowly….but surely. haha
2. the rumor is true. as the mission goes on, YOU LOSE ENERGY. i am allllllways tired. it is horrid.
3. I am doing better 🙂 working at least.
4. This week I helped an 90 year old woman cross the street. We pass her all the time so i asked her “how have you been?” and she goes “MAL! no ve no puedo caminar?!” or “BAD! can’t you see i cant walk?” it was the saddest but most precious thing ever because then she started to cry. Lesson learned. Don’t ask questions. Just help.
First of all, I want all of you to know that God never forgets us.
If we stop keeping God’s commandments, our bodies and spirits are no longer pure or worthy enough to have the Holy Ghost with us. God doesn’t forget us, but we distance ourselves from Him as we disobey His commandments and we are given a time to reflect on our actions, repent, and be worthy to have the Holy Ghost with us again. Helaman 6:34-35, 7:22-23 teaches us that we must act first if we want God’s help. So, in order to not distance yourself from God, “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God.” (D&C 121:45)
The other day my companion fell while watching a hippy twirl flags. She fell straight on the curb and her backpack went flying and i went to help her up and asked if she was okay. As i had received the response earlier from the older woman crossing the road, my companion said “no! I just fell!” So what I learned is that when we truly have charity, we won’t waste the time ASKING, but we will use it ACTING. If we see someone sad, someone suffereing, someone struggling…rather than asking if they need help or if they’re okay, we should act. HELP OTHERS OUT!
We must DO OUR PART, but at the same time we must trust in God and His hand in our lives. Work towards whatever it is that you want whether it be an occupation or a Christlike attribute…do your part…and then God will do His. But you must be willing to do as He wants because He knows what will benefit us more in the end, eternally.
I recommend reading the talk given in the August 2014 Liahona page 42 aaaaand “to be free of heavy burdens” by richard g. scott (liahona november 2002) really great talks. 🙂
Gotta go! love you all lots!! LOVE, HERMANA DUNNE tilll next week!