Monday, May 4, 2015

This week I accidentally waxed off part of my eyebrow

Buenos tardes!

WOW. This week has been something else.

For starters, I have never seen more people in their underwear as I have this week. About 4/7 of the doors we knocked on were answered by someone not wearing anything but underwear. Even members of the church. Super interesting. I also realized this week how this is the only time of my life that I will be able to just randomly get into people's homes without too much effort. It's super easy to invite yourself over when you are a missionary! 

I also realized this week that this is the only time in my life that I will be so close to the priesthood! Although I am not a priesthood holder, I can promise people blessings in the same way priesthood holders can when they give blessings. All because I am a set-apart representative of Jesus Christ. It's crazy to think about, but it is also really amazing to think about too. I only have 15 more months left of this opportunity and privilege, and I can't believe how fast it is going. 

Today, I read 3 Nephi 11 and 12 in the Book of Mormon, when Christ appears to the people in the Americas. Holy cow! It is so cool. I wish I could explain more about what I felt as I read, but the only word is joy. I love the Book of Mormon and I'm actually sad that I won't be able to read it forever and ever. 

However! I have started reading the Old Testament and I have a lot of questions for any of you to answer: 

1. Why was Noah drunk in his tent, and why did he curse Canaan when Canaan wasn't even there? 
2. Why did Abram allow his wife Sarai to take out her jealousy on Hagar? 
3. Why did Abram tell Sarai to pretend to be his sister when they met with Pharaoh? 

Answers to these questions would be greatly appreciated :) 

We went on exchanges this week and I learned so much. I was working with English-speaking people in Lilburn for the day with Sister Rowe. That girl is on fire. She taught me so much. We didn't waste a moment trying to see people. We visited more people than I thought was possible! She is such a diligent worker and truly understands her purpose. Being able to separate myself from the Roswell bubble of mine helped me regain my vision as a missionary. Since working hard to be like Sister Rowe after exchanges, we saw many miracles. We felt so much more productive and I'm sure that was exactly what we needed to do. 

For language study I began to read Doctrine and Covenants 11. I had to translate it from Spanish into English and the interpretation was exactly what I needed. Here's what I heard: "Sister Abram, if you desire to learn this language, you will be the means of doing much good in this generation... you have a gift, or you will have a gift, if you desire it in faith, put your trust in the spirit... it will illuminate your mind and fill your soul with joy... but wait a little longer... keep silent, invoke my spirit... with all your heart... be patient until it comes... your tongue will be loosed... don't be afraid to stay silent, study my words until you have overcome... don't deny the Spirit... treasure up your heart until the time, according to my wisdom, you will be able to speak." 

Our humbling moment of the week was on Saturday. Sister Martinez lost her license, and I lost mine a while ago, however I have a temporary copy that is valid until June. The problem is that we have machines in our car and we have to have permission to drive the car, which I don't have yet because I'm still new. Basically, we had no way to get to any of our appointments. After much murmuring and complaining, we decided to walk to a nearby Mexican shopping center and just talk to people. The very first person we met was named Noe, and he was incredible. He listened to everything we had to say, and gladly accepted the Book of Mormon. We have an appointment with him tonight, and he plans on coming to church next Sunday. We taught him everything about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. It was a miracle. If we had a car, we wouldn't have had that experience. The APs called us that night and told us that I would be authorized to drive until Sister Martinez gets a duplicate license (which we will get on Tuesday), so now we can continue working. 

It's amazing how the work is going here. We have so many funny things happen to us. We have so many lows but so many highs. I'm starting to love it. It's honestly been a challenge to be 100% committed, but I'm getting better everyday. It all starts with getting out of bed no later than 6:30am ;) 

I love you all so much! 

Yo se que esta es la iglesia de Jesucristo! A medida que he leido el Libro de Mormon, mi testimonio ha crecido muchisimo. Yo se por medio del espiritu que Jose Smith fue un profeta de Dios y que el LDM testifica del amor de Dios y Jesucristo. 

Que pasen muy buena semana! 

Hermana Abram


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