Rachael's Mission

Mexico Torreon Mission October 2015 - April 2017

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Week 67 (Just Kidding...Have Patience!)

I have to preface this letter from Hermana Lutze... I thought it was ironic that she talks about patience when I had quickly assumed (showing my lack of patience?😀) yesterday that we would not receive a letter from her this week. 

Querida familia y amigos,

Well, another great week in the mission, We still haven't had fruit here, but I think we are finding some really great people that can progress!

Let's see, Monday we had an activity for only las Hermanas because we are super poderosas. Only las hermanas reached their goal in baptisms so we had a party! We watched a movie, we played games and we ate Carne asada, chiles with cheese, quesadillas! It was so delicious!!! 

Tuesday We are still working hard right now. This area doesn't have anyone with a baptismal date, so we are working on finding the chosen ones. We had to drop some people today that were not going to progress. Sometimes it's hard to do that, but it is important that they know the consequences of their decisions. They have their free agency. 

Wednesday we encountered a woman named Silvia who looks like she could progress! She is already reading the Book of Mormon with her husband! The only hard part is finding them at home. However, where there's a will there's a way!

Thursday we continued to explore our area. I am trying to memorize it as fast as I can!

Friday we had a great capacitacion de Zona and found some amazing new investigators! Yay! I hope we are getting closer to the escogidos!

Saturday was a great day as well! We contacted una hermana and as we talked she started to cry and express that she is passing through difficulties in her life. Sadly she is not in our area, but I love how the gospel can help everyone in every situation. We also went to visit Ma. Guadalupe and she accepted a baptismal date! Yay! However she has to go out of town for 2 weeks. When she gets back I think she is going to progress a lot and be baptized! That is what we are praying for :).

Sunday, sadly our investigators with baptismal dates didn't come so we are back to zero. But it's okay because we are going to continue to work with our new investigators and find the people that really want to go to church and have the gospel in their lives. You learn a lot of patience in the mission with your investigators, with your area, with your companion, with yourself. In fact, there is a whole new level of patience that you have to learn in the mission. 

In Preach My Gospel it says, 

Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God’s will and accept His timing. When you are patient, you hold up under pressure and are able to face adversity calmly and hopefully. Patience is related to hope and faith—you must wait for the Lord’s promised blessings to be fulfilled.

“Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required.”

–President Thomas S. Monson

Now that type of patience is hard to develop. To not get angry frustrated or anxious. To accept the will and timing of the Lord. But this is the type of patience that we need. The patience that is full of faith and hope, the patience that can endure all things. I am still not perfect at this type of faith, but I am trying to learn to trust more in my Heavenly Father, do my part and wait for my promised blessings with the assurity that they will come. I am working on having more faith and hope in Him. However, I know that we will need this type of patience in the future with the problems and challenges that are going to come in the future. We are going to have to hold on to this kind of patience so that we can keep the faith that everything will be okay and that God hasn't abandoned us, that He is still with us watching over us. We have to remember this part of Doctrine and Covenants 136:31 "My people must be tried in all things, that they may be prepared to receive the glory that I have for them, even the glory of Zion; and he that will not bear chastisement is not worthy of my kingdom."

It is a necessary part of this life and we must bear it with patience so that God may bless us with His eternal Glory. That is what He has waiting for us!

I love you all so much! I invite you all to become more patient this week and study how the Savior showed patience.


Hermana Lutze

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