Called to serve in the wild WIM! West Indies Mission and Barbados, Bridgetown Mission
Monday, January 11, 2016
lime juice and pig snout
<3 This week was interesting. We had a really wonderful lesson with our investigator, Cathy and her two sons and they have a baptism date for the 30th!!!!!! :DDD I love them so much, they are my long lost Grenadian family <3. Cathy's faith has grown so much since I met her and she's eager to learn about the Savior and His teachings. When I first met her she said, "been there, done that" and instead of walking away, we just talked to her and by the end of it, she asked for a Book of Mormon and now she's in 2 Nephi! :D Our teaching pool has shrunk again, it's tiny really, but I know there are brothers and sisters here that have been prepared to receive the gospel, so the matter is just trusting and relying on the spirit to find them. I have so much about myself to improve and do better! I'm so grateful for a Savior and a loving Father in heaven that will help me change and be better. I know they love us so much, we don't even understand how much. I've been reading the story of King Lamoni and his father's conversions as Ammon and then Aaron taught them the gospel and he says something amazing,
"O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, wilt though make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day." ISN'T THAT AMAZING!?!?!?!? :D He just barely found out that there is a God who loves him and he's already willing to give up all his sins to follow Him and I just look at myself and think, "I have so much more spiritual knowledge than this king and yet, sometimes I'm STILL not willing to give up everything." I know as our love for Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ grows, we will WANT to keep the commandments and change our lives to know Him. It's the way we express our love. Do we love them more, or whatever we're not willing to give up? Just something to think about...and then apply ;)
Sooooooooo I was sick on Saturday....how shall I explain....
It was evening and Sister Timaia and I were dying of heat and thirst because we ran out of water and we were going up a hill to meet someone we had met once before. When we finally reached the porch of the woman, she appeared from nowhere and handed us each a large glass of lime juice and we were so grateful, we downed the juice and right as we gave the glasses back, I had a thought. That this lime juice tasted...different..but I didn't read too much into it. She then fed us a stew with breadfruit and pig snout! :D I tried it. It sufficeth me to say that the taste was good. Then we proceeded to teach what was the most difficult, poorly communicated lesson ever and I wondered what in the world was wrong and why I could not feel the spirit. Everything was fine, we were being obedient, I just didn't know what was wrong. Then as soon as we got up to leave, Sister Timaia and both got headaches and as we're walking home I looked at her and suddenly realized, "THE LIME JUICE". Then Saturday I had the worst headache of my entire life, and felt so sick, I could function for the life of me. I might have lost my pig snout..
So moral of the story is ask for every ingredient, even if they say it's lime juice and KEEP THE WORD OF WISDOM!!!!!!
On another note, our entire branch presidency changed and I'm super excited to work with our leaders and help them out! :D Ya'll don't know how luck you are to have wards and stakes! That's sooo cool, don't take it for granted! I'm super grateful to have grown up around so many incredible members of the church in my life. I love you all!! Last night we had a fireside with President Herrington, our mission president and his wife! We were so excited to see them!!! I wish they were here more often! I love my leaders. Well, I think that's all for this week. I LOVE YOU ALL!!! The church us true.
p.s. here's a pic of my first sand ball, the members