(as usual) and she greeted us and then I said "Como esta?" which is kind of similar to "what's up?" Usually people just say "good" and that's all, so it surprised us when she said "good, just here being sad." We immediately turned back
and started to chat with her. She told us her story, and we explained that we are representatives of Jesus Christ and we share a message of peace and comfort. We gave her a pass along card with our number and invited her to listen to us,
sad to say, in that moment she did not accept us, but I don't doubt that it was planned that we would meet her, and that someday she will remember that short encounter she had with the missionaries and have the desire to know more.
This experience that we had with that woman on the street
has made me think a lot about the trials that we all must face in the future.
President Harold B Lee once said:
“The one who confidently looks forward to an eternal reward for his efforts
in mortality is constantly sustained through his deepest trials.
When he is disappointed in love, he does not commit suicide. When loved ones die, he doesn’t despair; when he loses a coveted contest, he doesn’t falter;
when war and destruction dissipate his future, he doesn’t sink into a depression.
He lives above his world and never loses sight of the goal of his salvation.
“The path to [exaltation] is rugged and steep. Many stumble and fall,
and through discouragement never pick themselves up to start again.
The forces of evil cloud the path with many foggy deterrents, often trying to detour us in misleading trails. But through all this journey there is the calming assurance that
if we choose the right, success will be ours,
and the achievement of it will have molded and formed and created us
into the kind of person qualified to be accepted into the presence of God.
What greater success could there be than to have all that God has?
"There is a refining process that comes through suffering, I think,
that we can’t experience any other way than by suffering."
Although life is sometimes rough, I know that He knows exactly what we need to become the best we can become. Peter once said to a group of "strangers," that our trials are really are "much more precious than..gold"
(1 Peter 1:7, the holy bible)
Con Amor, Hermana Jones