Monday, June 9, 2014

Who is going to wait for the sister?

"Quien va a esperar la hermana?"
This week was a pretty good one (but aren't they all in the misión?).             We got to see a sweet woman that the other hermanas in our ward were teaching be baptized this past Sunday. It was an incredible momento when she went under the wáter and then came back up. It was like she really was starting a new life and you could just see the look of relief on her face.
When we were at the baptism, I had a cool moment of inspiration, thanks to something small that the bishop's wife whispered to me after the hermana was baptized:

Hermana Norma had just barely gotten baptized and was walking out of the wáter when the bishop's wife leaned over to me and whispered,                   "Who is going to wait for the sister?" That is not something that seems like it would be incredibly ground breaking and profound, but man, when she said it I just felt a wave of emotion hit me. Being a missionary, you kind of have a lot of responsibilities to think about, especially when there is a baptism going on, so sometimes I tend to get a little caught up on organizing everything and stuff like that. But this sister was so thoughtful as to think "who is going to be there for the her to hold a towel and to give her a warm hug and to reassure her that she made the right decisión?" It just blew me away. Sometimes here we are in life, so caught up in details like "do we have enough programs printed?" and "who is going to play the music?" that we forget the Little things that we can do to help people feel actual, human love. And more than that, when they can feel that we actually care about them, then they can also feel the love of their Heavenly Father radiating through us. THAT is what life is about. THAT is what we are here. 
To help the children of God feel His love. Because it’s true, He loves us, and he expects us to show His love through our actions.

So next time you feel a little overwhelmed from your day-to-day responsibilities, take a moment to soak up the love of your Father in Heaven, remember why you are here in the first place, and find a little way to give some of that love away. I promise it will feel like the weight of the world was lifted from your tired shoulders.
"But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of hear, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear       we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen." 
(Moroni 7:46, The Book of Mormon) Traylor and I are working our little missionary tails off, are seeing some incredible miracles, and meeting wonderful people here. 
Life is great when you are a missionary:) MUCHO amor, Hermana Jones

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