February 16, 2015

hola hola

Happy late Valentine's Day!

This has been a good week. We had a lesson with a woman named Laura. She has been investigating the Church for a while now, but she has gotten a lot more serious about it lately. She wants to get baptized before the end of the month! The only thing is, she is not a huge fan of the Book of Mormon. We had a lesson with her about why God would give us the Bible AND the Book of Mormon, and the purpose of the BOM and how it helps us. It was beautiful to feel the Spirit testifying that God truly does love all His children-- in Jerusalem as much as here in the Americas, and in the past as much as today! Laura agreed to study the book and pray about it to know the truth for herself.

Friday night we were visiting with a family (well, at least the kids. The parents are super supportive and want their kids to go to a church, but the parents say they are "too busy" to go themselves). Anyway, the oldest daughter just broke up with her boyfriend, and Saturday was "Di­a del Enamorado" ("Day of those in love"). During the closing prayer, the younger brother (who is 13) was praying and he said "Please bless the children from all over the world... and all of the single girls." Hermana Percival and I had to use all of our self-control to not burst out laughing. I could not believe that this boy would use a prayer to annoy his sister! Oh well. Good news is that nobody laughed, and the older sister didn't say anything about it afterward.

I was studying Jacob 5 the other day and I loved the fact that at least 8 times the Lord of the vineyard says that it grieves him to have to lose his trees. Knowing that the trees are really representative of God's people, I loved verse 41 "And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept, and said unto the servant: What could I have done more for my vineyard?" There are times in everyone’s life where, despite the blessings we have received, we are disobedient to God's commandments and bring forth "wild fruit." But we can know that our Heavenly Father does all He can- ALL He can- to save and help us. If we only turn to Him and accept His help, He can heal us. His love is that powerful. I know He lives and I know He loves us.

Have a marvelous week!

Hermana Simmons

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