Also funny, after gym one morning, I was asked how it was. I said good, I ran only 2 miles, and did quite a bit of strength training for my arms and abs. Everyone else, except Hermana Henzi, looked at me and repeated "only??” Sadly, we don't have a ton of time to work out, but we do have time. Apparently, 2 miles is super far? I was thinking, uhm, I used to run quite a bit more than this on my easy run days. Hermana Henzi did cross country and knew what I was talking about.
I love singing! Our teacher, Hermano Rasmussen talked of how singing really invites the spirit, and that it was cool when he sang with his companions on his mission... Now our whole district is doing it. Even if you aren't that amazing of a singer, if you sing from your heart, the spirit comes into the room. Hermana Williams and I have done it every lesson since, and it is awesome. Hermana Moir y Henzi do it, and Elders Plumb, Kidd, and Burns have done it too. My advice to future missionaries-try it! Especially because it invites the spirit and you don't have to come up with what to say. As we say, sin mierto (without fear)!
Hermana Williams is grateful for our Panchito practicing over a week ago. Ever since then, I have been talking more in lessons. It was definitely a confidence booster for me, realizing how much Spanish I know, without a prepared lesson. About everyone else in our district seemed to react a bit oppositely, a little unsure now, but for some reason, I needed that experience.
Hermana Williams y yo really have come to rely on each other, and completely trust each other. We will stop in the middle of a thought, and look at the other one, because we don't know where to continue this too, and we just fill in for each other. We originally didn't think of this as comp unity, but realized that it is a sign of trust, and it can help our lessons flow.
This week I was really studying the story of Enos in the Book of Mormon, most specifically the first 8 verses. I have been thinking about how I pray. Do I pray with all my heart? How have my prayers been answered? How have I felt like I received a remission of my sins as Enos did? The Lord tells Enos that it is through his faith that he was made clean. Do I have faith to be clean? How can I continue to grow my faith? That took me to Alma 32:21-35. Am I experimenting on the words I read? Am I taking action, as faith is an action? As you can tell, I really have been pondering this a lot. Something I feel, is that I don't need to completely know. Heavenly Father asks us to have a desire, and slowly, it is definitely a process, that desire grows into a belief and into a knowledge. I can pray to Heavenly Father and I know that He will answer my prayers. I may not get the clear response as Enos, but I have felt the peace and joy that comes from Heavenly Father.
* Also, I have been reading up on how you receive answers from the spirit. How do ya'll receive answers to your questions?
|The Hermanas in my District|
|My mission t-shirt|