October 10, 2016
So this week was super great!
Miracle 1: Nephi didn't smoke at all this week! He's also taking his
scriptures to work every day this week!
Miracle 2: The members in our paroisse pulled food together to help feed one
of our amis and her famille for a week (they gave way more than what was needed
Miracle 3: Cathy came to church and brought her two little girls too!
We were rarely in our secteur this week because we had to play taxi drive
for other sisters in the mission, but I love roadtripping so I couldn't
This past thursday we were chez President Bize again for Conseil des
Dirigeants. He gave a super great formation that I wanna share with y'all. He
told us quelque experiences he lived when he met an Apostle and Prophet of the
church during his teenage years. He is a convert to the church, and at that
time he met the Prophet, President Spencer W. Kimball. Later on he was able to
translate for Elder Gordon B. Hinckley when he came to visit France, who would
later become one of our Prophets too.
President told us "There are no secrets in the church. They tell us
all, and our leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ are just as we hoped they
would be: kind, loving, forgiving, charitable, humble, service oriented, and
they crack jokes just like us. ...Now how can we become like the Apostles of
As missionaries we desire to have simply one simple thing on our mission,
and it's not baptisms. We seek to have the Spirit with us.
Alma 13: 28-29
28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy
name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that
which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble,
meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;
29 Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal
life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be
lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.
The Spirit is the only thing that can help us touch the hearts of those we
teach. People say that contention brings a bad spirit. No. It doesn't bring an
evil spirit it just chases The Spirit away. We can't help others feel the
JOY of the gospel when we don't have the Spirit with us.
Surtout we can't resolve situations between family, friends, and loved ones
by not conversing. We just build contention between one another which keeps the
Spirit even farther away.
We can't become like Christ or His Apostles like that. It's impossible. We
NEED the Spirit with us to teach, testify, and resolve.
I remember many days where I was just annoyed and had no motivation to work.
I still have those days. We ALL have those days. And I knew and could feel that
I didn't have the Spirit with me. I knew I couldn't go out that day and help my
companion feel of that JOY. I knew that prayer was the only thing that
could help me. I remember specifically one day my companion and I were getting
ready to leave. Before we leave the house we always prayed. As I sat on my bike
with my hands on my handle bars I prayed for our safety. I prayed for our amis,
our members, and the other missionaries. I also prayed that He may accord us
His Spirit, the happiness, and motivation to work that day. I needed to humble
myself if I wanted Him to help my companion and I that day. After the prayer I
remember perfectly as I was peddling I felt an overwhelming sense of happiness
and peace wash over me. I finally had His Spirit, that happiness, and the
motivation to work (because wow...it was hotter than blazes that day).
The Spirit is there to help us not just in our spiritual aspect of life but
in every aspect. We literally cannot succeed without him. Y'all....he is
your best friend during those times we feel so alone in a crowded room. We only
need to follow the council that Alma gives us in chapter 13, and if we do we
get a few steps closer to becoming like Christ and His Apostles.
So, the phrase "Forgive and Forget" literally does come from the
Lord. He councils us that if we work at trying to become more like Him He will
literally FORGIVE us of ALL we have done and FORGET ALL we have done. He
literally promises us that.
Simplement if we wanna become like Christ and His Apostles we can
"forgive and forget" too. We wanna be cool, calm, and collected like
them, so why not?
Y'all President Bize's formation was ON POINT! And I just had to share it
"Life is for laughing!" as Charly says in the film Charly.
We can't afford to live our lives without the Spirit to help us. JOY brings the
Spirit and the gospel of Jesus Christ is JOY.
Other than that this week was super!!
Je vous aime!! Ua here Te Atua ia outou!
-Soeur/Tuahine Morrill :)