This week two of my companions are going home. It is super sad to say goodbye, and even worse because one of them I don't even get to say goodbye to. We are starting a steady run of changes where a bunch of sisters are starting to go home, so I will see more and more people leave me :( It is super sad.
Yesterday my companion and I had the opportunity to talk in Sacrament. I think this is my fifth time talking in sacrament since starting the mission. I think this talk was my favorite. I stole a talk from Elder Uchtdorf and another one from President Monson, which are my two favorite mission talks that always help and inspire me. The first one my Elder Uchtdorf is called "Your Wonderful Journey Home" and talks about how once we were all together in a beautiful and wonderful land. In this beautiful place, we knew and loved each other. We made special promises to each other, and to God, and we had high hopes for our journey here. Now, here on earth, we need to fulfill these promises, because if not, one day we will be in a judgement with God, and with them, and they will ask us "why did't you do what you promised? I could have lived with my family forever, I could have been so much happier had you just told me about the gospel." It is our job, here and now, to help those who we have already promised to help. We shouln't look at people as they are now, but as they can become, and then I shared a story from President Monson
I love this story, because truly, if we look at people as they can become, we will always look for ways to help others and bring them t othe gospel.
And right now, we are in the Christmas season! And people's hearts are open and full of joy and happiness. So we invited every person to invite neighbors, friends, anyone, to have a family home evening about Christmas, and to invite us :) And my invitation is to everyone of you as well, to have a special Christmas family home evening and invite less active, new converts, and non members to feel the joy of Christmas and feel closer to Christ. Plus, we are hearing that the church is going to launch an awesome video for Christmas, so that would be a great way to share with others!
This week especially I have been feeling the urgency and importance to share the gospel. I have been studying a lot about the Plan of Salvation, and what happens after. I read Doctrine and Covenants 76 probably five times trying to truly understand the degrees of glory and everything that happens. Something that truly left me shocked is verse 109, that says that the telestial kingdom will be filled with people.
How sad! How many people will not have the opportunity to live in the Celestial Kingdom! Truly we should work a little harder to make it to our Celestial Kingdom, because if not, we will have all eternity to think about what we didn't do. Also, should we not worry and do all we can to try to help those around us make it to Celestial Kingdom, and not be stuck in the Terrestial or Telestial? Seriously, the difference in the degrees of glory in section 76 is a little shocking!
For good news this week our amazing Mariellos finally went to church!! We are so excited for her!! We hope that she can progress and truly come unto Christ! She told us this week that she feels a difference when we are with her, and whenever we leave she always feels more peaceful and calm. That made me feel super good :) Since sometimes we walk and walk and talk and talk and nothing! But things like that makes up for everything.
We also had a few days of running really fast to keep from getting drenched. There was a huge rainstorm, and a few of our investigators yards turned into lakes. It was exciting to try to jump rockes and other things to keep from getting wet. But seriously... a lake. It was great.
Well I hope you al lhave a great Thanksgiving week!!! Hugs and kisses from Honduras.