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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week 27 Modesto


This week was definitely una semana loca.   We received tons of water (it rained for 2 days straight) and got a little road rash on my leg but hey, they never said missionary work was easy. lol  It is definitely worth it.  Yesterday the chapel was full with people it was amazing.  I have never seen such a full chapel.  Less actives as well as investigators.   It was amazing.  

Luz, an investigator we had that we gave to the other Hermanas since we divided the boundaries  is doing amazing.  The hermanas swang by her house and she's been reading her Libro de Mormon and praying EVERY day since we last met with her!  That amazed me.  She is all the way in Mosiah.  She knows that the church is true and has a baptism coming up.  

We are now teaching Lupe (the recent convert) 's brother, Jorge.  We hope that he will keep acting in faith.  

We are teaching tons and finding ourselves lost more and more.  The work goes a lot easier when that happens.  

Yesterday I was reading in Helaman 11 and in this chapter we can see the whole Pride circle. How God blesses his people, he lets them prosper.  But as we prosper we draw farther away from him.  We rely no more on himself but on our own strength.  
And it came to pass that the people saw that they were about to perish by famine, and they began to remember the Lord their God
The whole first part of this chapter talks about how Nephi just prays and pleads with God that he will forgive this people of wicked but his words are not enough, they begin to see it.  They recognize that they are in the wrong and through verses 8-16 we see these people are pleading asking for forgiveness because it took them so long to recognize they were in the wrong. 
17 And it came to pass that in the seventy and sixth year the Lord did turn away his anger from the people, and caused that rain should fall upon the earth, insomuch that it did bring forth her fruit in the season of her fruit. And it came to pass that it did bring forth her grain in the season of her grain.

Yet God is beautiful.  He is bound to his word. He promises us that when we repent he will forgive us.  He will release his anger and let the blessings pour out. How loving is that.  We put ourselves in the misery and he just waits angered and frustrated.  

God really wants us to be happy. Sometimes our hard human hearts have to see the punishments and consequences to recognize we are the are in the wrong.  Trust in God.  Trust in his plan for you. In verse 23 And in the seventy and ninth year there began to be much strife. But it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi, and many of their brethren who knew concerning the true points of doctrine, having many revelations daily,therefore they did preach unto the people, insomuch that they did put an end to their strife in that same year.

We learn we too can have daily revelations.  I can promise that as we seek to correct ourselves and follow God's plan, we too will receive many revelations daily. 

May you all be safe this week and remember your divine identity.
Hermana Waters

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