- Gladys Porter Zoo last Pday
- Unexpected exchanges with the one and only Sister MacNamera.
- The treasure hunt with the Paxman's
- Boat races with the Perez's
- Driving in the pouring rain
"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" squealed the people of south Texas. Welcome to hurricane season, Sister Hemmingsen. Not only did water shower down from the heavens this week, but so many miracles.
The talk given by Elder Utchdorf last conference, "Grateful in Every Circumstance" (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/grateful-in-any-circumstances?lang=eng ) is a challenge I decided to take on. We need to be grateful for the things we have, but we must realize that true happiness can be found with a spirit of gratitude.
Being a missionary changes your perspective. Being able to do so many good influences in my life and bastante (tons) of opportunities to prepare me for situations on my mission proves to me that Heavenly Father loves us so much and knows even the little desires of our hearts. I started a miracle journal where I write 5 blessings down that I saw that day. Here are some from the week:
The members here are few, but so giving and selfless. We can ask them for anything. We have dinner appointments every night. Which leads me to another blessing: ever since I started my mission I have been able to eat everything (minus gluten foods of course) that is put on my plate. And if any of you knew me when I was growing up, you would know that is a HUGE miracle. I would not eat ANYTHING.
Another blessing is my companion. We established a pact that we were going to have really good communication. Whenever there is a problem, we talk about it right then and there so that it doesn't build up. I am a person who tends to hold it in until I burst. But because of the pact, we are getting along so well, and I feel like I am just out preaching the gospel with my friend. It's the greatest.
Then theres Sister Karen Kimball who is an angel sent to be our personal assistant. She comes to any lesson whenever we need her help. Her testimony is so powerful that I tear up almost anytime that she talks about this gospel. Karen is from Maryland, but is down in Port Isabel until she can marry her fiance from Guatemala.. long story.. I'll tell you later.
And now for the miracle of the week! Finding my camera! I think I already told ya'll about it, but it I am just so grateful! I left it at Jason's Deli last Monday. I called the restaurant everyday for a week until they finally looked at the security cameras. The manager said he didn't see anyone take it, so I just accepetected the fact that it was lost. I was so sad, but decided that I did everything I could do to find it and thats when Heavenly Father provided. A man found it in the parking lot, found a photo I took of Spencer's email, emailed him, and then emailed me. He returned it that day.
So I challenge you to write down your blessings. The more you do, the more you will see how many miracles you would write off as a mere coincidence! It's not! Everything happens for a reason.
I love you all so much.
Shout out to DV. I hope homecoming was rad!