Monday, February 8, 2016

"the week of finding news" (February 8, 2016)

doing ciber in the capilla. with my sisters!
yay we could work this week!
so this week was actually pretty great! we were able to do many wonderful things and actually work.
we found about 20 new investigators this week and spoke to more than 70 people in the street. in our mission right now my president want each missionary to speak to 10 people everyday. 20 each companionship so we have been doing that this past week. and really weve found so many wonderful people who have real questions. we will go back to visit them this week and if the progress ill mention them next week!
so monday was great
tuesday we had district meeting. well there is this elder in my district that loves to sings and has a great bass voice. hes from texas. is trainer is my district leader and during the meeting my district leader says "and now we will hear a musical number from elder magby and hna sanders. nearer my god to thee." i had no flipping idea so we stood up, and some of the other elders took out their cameras and recorded. it wouldve been fine but elder magby picked a note too high! so when it was my turn to sing i had to use my choir voice! it was fine but i was lacking air because i was nervous! i havent sung in front of people for so long!! and as a duet was just weird but whatever it was funny i guess! 
wednesday we went to san nicolas and stayed with the hnas. we did divisions with them becuase i had a doctors appt. the doc thinks im celiac but it could be just inflamation or something..idk but ill let you know next week. but it was fun! one of the hnas is hna kraft. shes just starting out but shes already a great missionary!
thursday we get back to our area and we decide to just contact people. we found 3 couples who are married!!! (never happens) haha and other people who are great!
friday we also found many new people
saturday the same thing but we missed the bus on our way to corealtion meeting and had to take a taxi. oops! 

sunday....oof. well this last week the relief society president decided to go inactive and the whole hour of relief society was spent gossiping about her. we felt really uncomfortable. one less active who is reactivating was there and her face was just blank and annoyed the whole time. haha and an investigator from the elders was their and just kept staring at us haha and well about half way through i was getting really uncomfortable and well we all know i cant hide my emotions really well so i just was looking out the window so no one saw my face. i was just like that until i felt "someone has to have the courage to say this isnt right" so i took a deep breath, put on a smile and rose my hand high. i just said clearly and loud so everyone could hear "we shouldnt speak about other people here. we come to church to learn how we can follow christ so we should only talk about Him and how we can walk in His ways. gossiping isnt how we draw closer to him. so let us focus on him and his love." well the last ten minutes was spent talking about the parable of the lost sheep. some mentioned a few more comments but whatever. one thing ive learned is never fear to say the things that the spirit tells you to say. sometimes the truth is hard to hear but it is necessary. :)
my old-battle wounded bag
so that was my week in a nutshell. it felt wonderful to be back on my feet and be able to walk well! the bugs are insane here but its okay. im so flipping happy. my companion also is growing so much. its been a wonderful time being with her and being able to see all her growth in this short time and see how she has taught me and how ive become better because of her! 
also i got  a new bag to proselite (sp?) my old one got so messed up haha but the new one i got is exactly the same hahaha but it looks newer and isnt destroyed!

well this week i was just feeling so much gratitude to be able to be here. i love walking all day in the crazy hot heat of argentina. speaking spanish and meeting all kinds of people who need spiritual help. 
this morning i focused my study on the story of christ and his atonement. i read in matthew mark luke and john. but one thing that ive never noticed before is in luke
 54 ¶Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. 55 And when they had kindled fire ithe midst of the halland were set down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 But certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, Thiman was also with him. 57 Anhe denied him, saying, Womanknow him not. 58 And after little while another saw him, and said,Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, am not. 59 And about the space oone hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of truth this fellow also was withim: for he is Galilean. 6And Peter said, Man, know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
 61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
62 And Peter went out, and wepbitterly.
after he denies Him the 3rd time the lord looks on him. just imagine what kind of look and emotion the lord was feeling. the only apostle who followed him yet who denied ever knowing him. would it be a look of betrayel, of annoyance or the "i told you so" i imagine the savior just looked at him with a longful sadness. pain and love for peter. but peter knowing this probably just felt awful. knowing he had fulfilled this prophecy. not being able to have done better and because of the disappointment he wept bitterly. i thought about how i want the savior to look at me. i want to be bold and tell everyone that i know Him. that He is my King and my Savior. i do not want to shrink at opposition but stand up to it so that when the lord looks down on me he smiles with the smile of a longtime friend who is happy to know i love him. 
if we make mistakes and dont always say the things we should or do the things we should, think about what happened next with peter. He cries, repents, gets over it and then leads the church and is persecuted until the end of his life. so when we mess up we should just repent quickly and do our best to make up for what we couldnt do. Christ will help us on our journey to true discipleship. just trust in Him. 
well thats my thoughts for this week. love you all!
hna sanders
the half of a large spider friend. weve found like 10 of these...
all different colors but normally about half the size of my palm. #argentinesummer

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