Monday, November 3, 2014

The week when nothing went according to plan....

October 20, 2014

Wow..... I love being a missionary!!!! I LOVE it! I LOVVVVVEEE IT!!!! haha it's weeks like these that just make me realize how much of a blessing it is to do real missionary work and to work hard. Have you ever heard the saying you don't realize what you have until it's gone? Yeah.... I testify of the truthfulness of that statement :) This week, my 3 callings came calling... (mission nurse, sister training leader, full time missionary) and it made for quite the chaotic experience. We weren't able to work much in our area until the last couple of days because of it and the absence of working was super hard!

Since last week was super out of the normal, we were looking forward to a week that was more on the tranquila side. We had consejo de lideres (leaders council)on tuesday which meant traveling and not working either, and in our prayer at the end of the day we thanked Heavenly Father that we were going to have a normal day with some really important lessons on wednesday and were excited....... uh... NOT. Wednesday turned out to be one of the craziest days of my entire mission!!! We got to know our taxista friend, Z, really well because we were practically with him all day! He was like our personal chauffer. It's good cause he's a recent convert. We had a sister missionary that we have been working with who has had really bad knee problems who was getting ready to go home on medical release so we were running a lot of errands for her and helping her with her companion because they couldn't leave the house and it was nuts. We had to run to the store to get them food, run to the pharmacy for medicine, run to the store again to get pillows for her legs, run to the pulperia (store) to get them ice, run to the internet cafe to make copies and off to the bus station to send off documents for immigration, etc etc etc. Finally we were getting ready to go to some important lessons around 6pm annnnnnnd the power went out in our part of the city. Nooooo!!!! When the power goes out it's really dangerous and we have to go back to our houses. Me and Hermana S just sat there dumbfounded for a second and almost burst into tears right in the middle of the internet cafe. Buuuut they are things that we can't control so we just took a deep breath and went back to the sister's apartment in another colony and spent some time with them. It was probably really good to be there for the sister when she needed us, and maybe it was Heavenly Father's way of telling us that it was okay.

Thursday we went to Roatan to do divisions and it was an incredible day. We had some really great lessons and I felt the spirit so strong. We didn't have time to do two separate divisions with the two different companionships, so we were in a trio for the day. One thing I love about the companionship I was with is how much they "preach by the way" and open their mouths with everyone. Waiting in line at the grocery store, walking out of appointments, walking down the streets. They literally talk with EVERYONE they can! I feel like because they are so faithful in that aspect, God puts the people in their path because he trusts that they will talk to them. I learned a lot from being with them for a day. At one point this young teenage girl walked past us and said, what church do you guys go to? We introduced ourselves and invited her to church and got her address to visit her and all of a sudden she said, "oh how much I would love to be apart of your church!!!" and she gave Hermana Z a HUGE hug and was super excited. It kind of caught us off guard, but it was awesome :) Someone once told me that God gives the best references, we just have to trust that he'll put them in our path. 

I had a sweet experience on the bus ride home from La Paz after the leadership council. A few rows up from me there was a young father holding his baby, and he kept lifting her up to play and every time he would she would look right at me and give me the biggest smile! It was so adorable. All of a sudden I felt an overwhelming love for her and for her family and I began to pray that this little girl and her family would have the gospel in their lives and have the blessings that come with it. Then, I had the distinct thought come to my mind, "well, then do something about it!" The bus was full and there wasn't really an opportunity for us to go talk to them, but there was an elder sitting right behind them so I handed him a folleto (brochure) with our name and number for him to give to the dad. It was perfect timing because right after he gave it to them and explained it to them they reached the place where they were to get off and they were gone. It was a reminder to me that sometimes we pray and pray for something and expect Heavenly Father to do it all for us. But we need to act! He needs us to help them. We need to pray as if it all depends on the Lord, and then act as if it all depends on us and He will open the doors for everything to work out :)

I sure love you all and am so grateful for your love and support. I hope you have a great week!

Until Next Week,
Hermana Bennett

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