Count Your Blessings

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Hi Everyone!!

IMG_3392I am excited to email you all. Its been another great week.

Sister Montero and I have been working on a lot of English grammar and it has been really fun. We’ve been practicing asking questions in lessons so its been good for her to know the difference in using words like “when, where, who, how” stuff like that. We are definitely learning a lot together!

Well to sum everything up, things have still been a challenge finding new people to teach. It has really been a faith building experience and taken a lot of patience. Especially when you feel like you and your companion are doing everything you can and still not having the results you’ve had in the past. But like I said, its very faith building. One night we were so overwhelmed after a long day and people not being responsive. It was super draining! I didn’t want to go to bed upset, so I turned to Sister Montero and told her we should sing the hymn “Count your Blessings”. And then we followed by taking turns listing all the great things that happened that day. I can’t even explain how quickly we started to smile and just laugh everything off. Because regardless of what happened, we knew we did the best, we did everything we could to fulfill our purpose, and there were plenty of tender mercies hidden in our long day.

IMG_3390This was my favorite part of the song:
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings;
See what God hath done.

IMG_3397Like I’ve mentioned before, I am 100% convinced and have a testimony that this is the Lord’s work, so of course it is something that takes hard work 🙂 And the Lord is always there for us every time we need him, even as simple as bringing to remembrance an uplifting song that would change our attitude. But really, there have been so many good things happen even when it is hard, just not always in the way we plan. For example, I have been talking to a lot of people online about the gospel on through chats and phone calls. And no one accepted the invitation, but I had people from around the world seeking advice and sharing uplifting stories with me. So that made me really happy! I also had an amazing exchange this week! I was with Sister Reupena, and she is from Samoa. We had such a good time and had an AMAZING lesson. We discussed the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a 17 year old boy and after the lesson we invited him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. He kept declining. So we shared with him some experiences and ideas. Tyring to figure out what was holding him back. He then said, “Do I have to read the whole thing to be baptized?” WHAT?! We didn’t even know that was something he was thinking about. We laughed and talked about baptism with him and how it will bless his life as he follows Christ. It was too perfect! So even if I am not having these experiences in my own proselyting area, I am privileged to have them while I am on exchanges with the other sisters. I am so thankful for each one of the sisters I work with. Even when my companion and I struggle to help people progress, I am glad for the friendships I have with the other sisters. They trust me and are open with me. It just makes me feel good. I feel like we are all working together and are so much happier even when trials come. So to be able to see the sisters I am working together with happier than before, I would say that this time in my mission is still fulfilling.

Sister Miller

Pictures with Sister Reupena and Sam (our investigator from the Visitors’ Center) before he left back home to Texas 😀 sorry the one with Sister Reupena is blury!