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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Holocust Museum today-INCREDIBLE!!

HI :) how are you!? thanks for the emails and letters! I know things are hard, things are really hard always! Heavenly Father, I know this for surety that He tests us for a reason, and its because He knows already that we can handle it! We volunteered to come to earth and to pass the test! And its our job to ask. With everything that has gone on, rejection and rejection, canceled baptisms a couple days before here in the mission field, I KNOW that if we ask and tell Heavenly Father please "I cannot do this!" he WILL answer us and help us. One thing I have really learned is that He does not want us to be confused, we aren't here on the earth just to WORK, Work, WORK, make money, spend it, that cycle which I have seen in pretty much every person I meet. He wants us to become like Him, and LIVE the gospel of His Son. It is incredible some of the experiences I have, well i might say all of them, which truly test my faith, and I feel most of the experiences I have are for me.
So today, we were heading back from the city-we finally went!!!! Visited the HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL-again-it was INCREDIBLE!
On the Metro home we got off our stop and were walking up to the car, all of the sudden at the bus stop we see Jose(a recent convert) waiving in the bus driving by! We have been praying praying praying to find him. About 3 weeks ago we saw him in the street and he told us that he didn't want anything to do with the church because of some of the things he had done, etc. He doesnt have a phone number, and the place he lived at was empty the past couple weeks. Basically he didn't feel the atonement would work in his life. It was a MIRACLE in the middle of some random street we saw him. He got off the bus and headed towards us.We talked with him and helped him realize it doesnt matter what you did, as long as you are williing to repent and never go back. So we got his new address. Wow it is incredible how the Lord truly knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts and answered our prayers. This gospel is a gospel of truth and miracles, it completes and edifies people in a way that we would never see possible without someone who sacrficed His life for us. On my planner i have a saweet picture of a blind man and Christs hands touching his eyes and I cut out in the Liohona this "El puede curar TODA HERIDA" which means "He can heal any wound." I love that. I have really seen that throught the Atonement of our Savior, wow when we sin, he will help us, if we have weaknesses, he will make them stronger, if we have sadness, he can really make them go away. The Atonement isn't just for sin, its for times of sadness, and weakness, trials and frustration. We have to act right? thats the only way! We can really feel of that love after we submit our will. It is the best feeling. I am grateful, so grateful for the happiness and comfort of this gospel, of the message of LOVE that it is. I have learned that love and charity are essential and if we illuminate this Christlike attributes into our lives and live them, we will become more like him and change. Change is good! I think a lot of people don't accept change well, a lot of missionaries don't wanna see that "change" in themselves, but hey, that's what we are here for on this earth, to change and to become more Christlike, to accept the downfalls and learn from them and grow from them :) My theme i write in all my planners is "let the mission change you!" I dont want to go back to where I was before and if i do, then wow I really didnt learn anything on my mission, and it would deny the existance of our purpose here on earth. I love this area. Its been tough but I know that the Lord always provides, and it may not be always in the way we want it to be. Its super humid still! Today a little rain, which was a nice refresher. My comp is excellente!!!! we have such a fun time, she is really funny and we enjoy every minute together, i really just love her with all my heart. She is helping me so much with Spanish, I wont let her speak English with me lol. We have had a lot of funny things happen to us just the couple weeks we've been together. Its saweet!!!!!

Well g2g time is so short!! I love you all and pray for everyone! ::)
take care
Con Amor,
Hermana TAV :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I LOOOVE missionary work. IT rocksss!!!!!

Im STAYING :) in Olney South-they are keeping it FULL-PROS :)wahooo and BIKES:) my new comp is sooo great! Hermana Gomez. She is from here-but yea she is from slavador i think. :)We had our second baptism this past Sunday!! Luis got baptized(the one with the lower leg amputated.) The baptism was incredible and the spirit was so strong. He brought his walker into the font for stability. It was so cool. I love this area. Its gonna be great this next transfer. We are finding a lot of potentials. I have really loved working with Hermanna menedez. she taught me a lot, hard work and obedience. I love her sooo much..shes my "mom" :) haha. There arent any new sisters this transfers. Im so excited to work with Hermann Gomez. she has strep right now though :( it is a little sad :( and i stil have the "death cough" as my roommates call it. I was sooo sick on thursday. I had to sleep during my studies it was awful then i was like..i cant do this anymore(sick thing) so i took a shower, said a prayer with my comp and got ready and i felt better that night and since then its been better. For about 2 days my body was soo weak. I hated those days. But im better :)
We are working with Rony right now, he is so great and is really progressing a lot. We took him the the VC last night and taught him about lesson 3-the gospel of Jesus Christ. Wow the spirit was so strong and we were watching a talk sobre the importance of baptism and everything. I love this work and the opportunity I have everyday to share my testimony and see the light in other people's eyes. I am grateful for the comfort and happiness I feel through the Atonement and through this gospel. I have really learned so much about who I am, and what I want to be :) I am grateful for faithful hardworking members of this church who really make things possible because members of our ward are incredible and really are dedicated to helping us. :)
I love this gospel, I LOOOVE missionary work. IT rocksss!!!!!
Hermana ChelsieTavernier :)

Had our FIRST BAPTISM this past week

We had my first BAPTISM on sunday!!! wow it was so amazing. Miguel :) He is so great and the spirit was so strong at his baptism! It was so cool. We have ANOTHER baptism this sunday with Luis! It is so good. The work is finally coming up in our area, wheras it was dead for a while. We have a couple other investigators who we will be extending dates to soon this week. :) It was an eventful week. Particularily because there was a huge storm/tornato like downfall. The power was our for a couple days, thankfully not in our apartment because ours has its own plant system. BUT everywhere else=NO power. And still they dont think it will work until saturday in most areas here in this county. It is sad! There was an earthquake about 2 weeks ago too! And they have never had one here before. But the storm was sunday around 3 right after we left church. We were going to go home, but thankfully members invited us to eat at their home so we werent on our bikes :) close one there! So things have been kinda rough for a lot of members here. Other than that everything is great! We have transfers next pday already! I cannot believe it! That was the fastest 6 weeks ever!!!!!!!! It feels like I just got to the mtc still. Well...everything is coming along and I finally feel adjusted to everything, time the streets and places, the bike, the culture and the weather! :) I am so grateful to be here at this time, to have my companion who continues to help me progress and learn how to be a great dedicated missionary. Spanish is comin along. :) So I was reading in the Gen Conference ensign from may 2009 the talk by E. Eyring called "Adversity." It is such a wonderful talk. Please read it! It is a wonderful talk that will help anyone with any issue or circumstance that seems unfair. It is powerful and motivating! I am grateful for our prophet and apostles who tell us exactly what we need to hear. They are incredible, inspired men! i love this quote by Uchdorft..."as we extend our hands and our hearts towards others in Christlike LOVE, something wonderful happens to us! Our own spirits become HEALED, more REFINED, and STRONGER. We become HAPPIER, more PEACEFUL, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit." Wow i love that. I mean isnt that what we all want right? To be happy and peaceful and strong? I know I do! lol. And as we do a self check daily of who we were that day and what our actions we resemble Christ? I know that when we act as He would act, we feel His love, and nothing else matters, because we are focused on Him and who we want to become. I am so grateful for this gospel and its message of happiness, love and truthfulness! How fortunate we are to have it in our lives.
I love you all veddddy much :) Hope everyones doing excelllent. hugs to all :)
Love always,
Hermana TAV :)