Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Writing to Hermana Abram

For any of you interested in writing to Hermana Abram, she would love you hear from you.  

The two best ways to reach here are:

Postal Service (new address):
1400 Mall of Georgia Blvd Apt #214
Burford, GA  30519

Email:  madeline.abram@myldsmail.net

Monday, November 9, 2015

Adieu to Roswell

Hello everyone!

Guess what! My first transfer has arrived! I will be leaving the Cumorah branch and I am heading to the Lanier Branch in Buford! I am excited, sad, scared, and prayerful. My new companion will be Hna Ray. She is from Lakewood, CO! Cool, huh? I met her a while ago. She is not a native speaker, so that will be an adventure ;) Two gringas together! Apparently the Lanier branch has a lot of really great members and it's a very beautiful area. That was Hna Martinez's (my trainer) first area, and she loves it. I'm excited. Im scared too. It's my first big change since I went to the MTC! Please keep me in your prayers!

Last night, I was released as an Sister Training Leader and I pretty much cried all night. I loved that calling. I loved it because although it was extremely challenging, it brought me extremely close to my Savior. There were times when He was the only one I could turn to. We were single STLs, so my STL companion was not often near me. My dependence upon and appreciation for the Lord grew exponentially.

SO.... Jocelin Luna was baptized yesterday!! It was such a tender mercy to be there for her baptism. We had been praying so hard for a baptism and working as hard as we knew how. I have been working so hard with this family for the last 8 months. And yesterday I got to see them grow and take another step forward back into the church. I love them. I am so grateful I was able to stay another transfer. I have seen so many miracles and tender mercies. Even though it was THE hardest transfer of my mission, it brought the most conversion and blessings. I guess that's a lot how live is, isn't it?
(please forgive the ugly hair. It was a long day with a lot of rain) 
Another cool experience! I was on exchanges with Hna Wallis in Norcross this week! She lives with the Couch family, family friends of my parents. I got to stay in their house, but I also got to talk with them for a few minutes and we went out with their daughter to visit investigators that morning. It was amazing and so fun! I was so blessed to have them right here for so long :)

In Mission Leadership Council this week, someone mentioned something hat touched my heart. She had asked a General Authority, "Will I ever feel adequate?" He responded, "You will never feel adequate because you are always becoming." I loved that. It's okay to hunger for improvement and to desire to change. It's okay if we fall or fail. What counts is that we use the Savior's Atonement to repent and become better.
(Also I got to see my trainer again!!!) 
I'm so grateful for the many people I have met thus far on my mission. Truly, this week and this transfer I have seen incredible miracles. Sis Ayala and I finished strong this week, exceeding all our goals. When I heard I was leaving, I was able to truly tell myself that I have no regrets. Lessons learned! But no regrets. 

Hermana Abram 
Sent from my heart

(sisters preparation day this morning) 

(All the Spanish Hermanas in the Roswell Zone) 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Lessons From Liberty Jail

¡Feliz día de los muertos!

This week has been really awesome and I'm not sure why :) blessings of
the mission!

Halloween was this week and we were supposed to be inside after 5pm,
so we decided to leave out a bowl of candy for the tick or treaters.
But! We were smart and left the candy taped to Mormon.org cards ;)
unfortunately, not many people came to knock on the door. SO LAME. but
we had a good laugh :)

We got to go to the branch Halloween party, which was fun, but we
couldn't stay for too long because my companion was sick all week. She
had strep throat, so Sis Abram will probably be sick as well this week

I have gained a super strong testimony about Joseph Smith this week. I
have heard a lot of bad opinions because we sing a song called Praise
to the Man in his memory. And I used to be a little hesitant to talk
about it, but this week, I realized that we shouldn't be apologetic
for appreciating all he did. Honestly, he sacrificed so much and gave
so much. He suffered so much and he was constantly trying to do the
Lords will. I think we sometimes are overly apologetic as members of
the church when we face questions or oppositions. But truly, I
appreciate him so much.

I was reading a talk this week from Elder Holland called "Lessons from
Liberty Jail." He addresses all that we can learn from Joseph Smiths
prison experience. He explained, "you can have sacred, revelatory,
profoundly instructive experiences with the Lord in any situation you
are in. Indeed, you can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly
instructive experiences with the Lord in the most miserable
experiences of your life....the real test of our faith and our
Christian discipleship is when things are not going smoothly. That is
when we get to see what we’re made of and how strong our commitment to
the gospel really is."

It is so true that we are tested during the most challenging points of
our life. And somehow, the Savior can carry us through it all and He
can and does support us through our trials. We are not alone, and we
will always be supported by the Lord as we follow Him and continue on
our path to discipleship.

I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week, and don't forget to pray! ;)

Love, Sister Abram

Sent from my heart