December 12, 2013
The power went out again a couple of times this week. It seems to happen when the weather gets stormy. It´s fun though! Although, it always seems to happen right when we are about to use something electrical. Tuesday we fasted from speaking English as a district. We started before dinner and went until lunch the next day. I felt like my brain was going to explode, but I was surprised with how much Spanish I actually know. Honestly, I full heartedly believe in the gift of tongues. In these short 6 weeks I have been here, I´ve been able to communicate on a level I was never able to do with my 4 and a half years of French. Our roommates are so helpful and nice. They reassure me all the time that my Spanish is really good. I don´t exactly believe them, but I am proud of the achievements I´ve made here. I definitely don´t feel ready to go into the field but, I know that if I continue to work my hardest and trust in the Lord he will help me.
On Sunday we were talking about a talk by Elder Christoffersen. I´ve heard it before, but it´s a really good one and I think you all should look it up. I don´t remember the name of the talk, but he tells a story about a current bush. There is a Mormon message about it too. A man had just bought a farm and this current bush was like six feet tall and not producing any fruit. So the man took some pruning sheers and cut the bush down until it was just a small stump. This bush looked like it had a tear and the man seemed to hear the bush say, "How could you do this to me? I used to be so tall, now all of the other plants will look down and laugh at me." and the man replies, "Look little current bush, I am the gardener here. I cut you down so you could grow to be what you are, which is a current bush that produces good fruit." Anyways the story on goes to tell about the man not getting a promotion in the military that he was qualified for, because he was Mormon. And he was mad and upset and accusing the Lord, saying "How could you do this me?" When he heard his own voice say, "I am the gardener here. I cut you down so you could grow to be what you are." Sometimes we need to be chastened before we can achieve our highest points. We won´t understand why until much later, but the Lord knows. I have had to put so much trust in the Lord since I´ve been here in the CCM, but I know that He is only cutting me down so that I can grow to be the best missionary I can me. Mosiah 24:14-16 (I believe) talks about bearing your burdens with patience and the Lord will make them light.
I love you all so much. I can´t believe it´s Christmas time, because it feels like July here! But I´m so excited to get to talk to you in a few weeks!
Have a wonderful week.
Link to currant bush talk:
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