well, hello family and friends.
so this week i had the joy of feeling some earthquakes and i got to tell ya that i about wet my pants. it’s quite scary bc you don’t know what to do when the ground is shaking; you don’t want to move in fear of the ground crumbling where you step…at least that is what i thought…lolz
so the first earthquake i felt while i was wiht an investigator….who happens to have a phobia of earthquakes so when it started she just went nuts screaming bloody murder, which made me want to cry cause i didn’t know what was going on. we took her two little daughters and all five of us exited the house safe and sound where we waited for a while and then left.
after this there were other earthquakes but we were walking and didn`t feel it.
the second earthquake that i felt happened that same night whenwe got home. we dropped our bags and kneeled down to say a prayer and as i was praying the floored just moved back and forth i looked up at hermana quin and she was looking right at me. i quickly said a prayer for protection and we exited the house. the bad thing is that we live on the second story of a house and so we were able to feel the earthquake more strongly.
the third earthquake i felt was super weird. i don’t remember a whole lot bc i was suuuuper tired! so at about 1 am i woke up. i dont remember why…i cant remember if i felt something or someone told me to wake up…i dont know i just woke up. about 5 seconds later our house was just shaking. and hermana quin didnt wake up. i yelled and told her we were having an earthquake and right then our zone leader called us to see if we were okay. which we were! but i have to admit it was pretty funny to walk outside and see that all of nicaragua was up and outside their houses.
just to let all of you know, I AM ALIVE AND WELL. ha
so as i have been reflecting on all that has taken place i keep thinking about a scripture that is found in a book of scripture called helaman. it says:
And thus we can behod how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in Him.
Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flockes and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of precious things of every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them; yea, and in fine, doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts,and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One–yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedinly great prosperity.
And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine, andwith all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him.
I LOVE THIS VERSE. because it is so true no matter how bad i dont want it to be.
the lord not only gives us trialsand hardships to make us stronger but he also gives them because he wants us to return to him…to remember him.
i can also testify that this scripture come to pass once again here in Nicaragua. the people are remembering the Lord… after these events, i have seen so many evangelical groups having cultos outside. and why? they are worried. they are worried and know the only person they need to turn to is the Lord Jesus Christ. president told us that this is the perfect time to preach repentance to the people. and i know he is right.
i ask each one of you to strive to always remeber CHRIST.
THROUGH THE GOOD AND THE BAD.
always keep him first in your life and when the bad times come you will be made stronger.
so i have also been thinking and reflecting on the time that i have been living as a missionary here in nicaragua. I will say that even though it has been such a short time, i have grown so much as a member of christ’s church,as one of his disciples,as a missionary, as a daughter, as a sister, as a person, and as a future wife and mother. i would NEVER trade this experience for anything of the world. for i know that what we see is temporal but what we do not see is eternal. I LOVE THE MISSION through the good and the bad. AND I LOVE MY LORD AND SAVIOR.
SO WHO LOVED CONFERENCE???????
and i got to watch sunday all in english!
haa just picture all these gringos sitting in an airconditioned room watching conference on a flat screen. i felt like a queen!
so i loved every talk….its funny bc im still not done reading and studying the last conference! and now i have another one! haha how grateful i am for the words of the lord through his servants.
here are some things i liked:
i trained and prepared to come to earth.
checkpoints are essential in our race of life: baptism, sacrament, receiving holy ghost, temple.
my actions will determine my eternal salvation.
eliminate the weights that stop your progress.
cheer your loved ones on.
the MIRACLE OF THE ATONEMENT CAN HEAL ANY MISTAKE!
is the load im carrying helping me progress in life? press forward in faith?
do i have spiritual traction?
pull your load with christ.
ENDINGS ARE NOT PART OF OUR DESTINYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!
we cannot love god and not love others. we cannot love others and not love god.
our church is THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.
not the mormon church
out of all the titles he could have used…he used HEAVENLY FATHER.
every act in the church of jesus christ is done in his name!
build our foundation on the rock which is jesus christ.
CHOOSE WHO YOU ARE GOING TO FOLLOW AND COMMIT TO FOLLOW HIM ALWAYS.
no sacrifice is too great to receive the blessings of the temple.
the lord knows best…he trains, helps, and shapes.
be sensitive and be willing.
obedience is an emblem of our faith!
We WORSHIP THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE FATHER.. NO ONE COMPARES TO THEM.
dont chase more after temporal than spiritual
submit your will to his even when you might not know why!!!
be grateful IN our circumstances.
so there are some that i liked….haha.
well, i want yall to know that i love yall with ALL OF MY HEART.
THE CHURCH IS TRUE.
JESUS CHRIST LIVES AND LOVES YOU.
LES QUIERO MUCHO.
ESPERO QUE USTEDES PUEDAN SENTIR MI AMOR QUE TENGO PARA USTEDES DE ACÁ EN NICARAGUA.