Hello family and friends!
This week was pretty normal.
Wednesday night we had a really special day with one of our member families. They are called the Gows. Brother Gow called us earlier that week and asked if we would come over for dinner on Wednesday. So we did! And when we got there we found out that it was Sister Gow's birthday. She was turning 82! And she made us the most delicious teriyaki burgers. But she got kind of emotional during dinner. We asked what happened and she said that this was the first time in their life that they had the missionaries over. Brother Gow had never invited missionaries over to eat before, and that this was the best birthday she had ever had. I wanted to cry! It was so nice.
Thursday was pretty good, we had weekly planning and a way solid lesson with Maria who is getting baptized this Saturday. Then on Friday we drove to San Diego again! This time Elder Hamula of the 70 spoke. He was awesome. Here's some of the notes I took:
Casualness is the gateway to disobedience. This war is not casual. If we are not ready, we will become a casual missionary. And in the heat of the battle we might become a casualty. You study the BOM and if you hold on to that testimony, I assure you that heaven will guide you carefully and hell will have no power to take you off that course. And believe me hell will try. When there is too much noise, you can't hear the spirit. Develop the attribute of quietness and soberness. Rarely does the voice of the Lord press. You have to understand who you are before you can understand the gospel of Christ. The best trees grow slow. Now why is it that the Lord has you grow slow? He's got His purpose, to have you grow. He wants you to understand something else.
Then, I was studying in the book of Moses, and when Satan comes to tempt Moses. But because of the spiritual experience Moses had previously had, he was able to resist the temptation. And then I read this quote from Elder Holland: "In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited. … When those moments come and issues surface, the resolution of which is not immediately forthcoming, hold fast to what
you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes. …The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue--it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do
have and the truth you already know"
So, if you are struggling at all with your faith, I ask you, don't give up! Hold on and love the Lord,
and good things will come. As President Uchtdorf said: "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters--my dear friends--please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith. We must never allow doubt to hold us prisoner and keep us from the divine love, peace, and gifts that come through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ”
I love that. :) and I love all of you! Keep going, God is good.
Love always, Hermana Fowlks