Hi beautiful Family :))
It has been a great week and start to a new transfer… I am so blessed to be companions with Sister Marroquin again this transfer! She is a wonderful person and I learn so much from her, each and every day. What I admire most is her trust in Heavenly Father and her reverence for spiritual things. She speaks about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Family, prayer, the Temple, Ordinances and the Priesthood with a beautiful reverence. Her love for others shows in the way she serves them through words of kindness and also deed.
Sister Marroquin is developing her teaching skills, especially asking inspired questions. That is one skill that makes her a powerful teacher and messenger of Heavenly Father. We are switching the role of Junior and Senior companion throughout the week. Yesterday, Sister Marroquin was the Senior companion. She was a bit hesitant at first, but by the end of the day, I saw she was more confident in herself. Through time, experience, study, prayer and faith, she will grow in confidence. Her English is improving every day! Yesterday we were talking about this miracle. Before Sister Marroquin left for her mission, she did not speak English. Now, just over 3 months later, she can speak and understand English! I know that when the Lord asks us to do something, to learn a language, be a missionary, fulfill a calling, do an assignment…He will provide a way for us to do it. In Exodus we read of the Prophet Moses. He was commanded by God to lead the Israelite’s out of Egypt. When the Israelite’s came to the Red Sea, they felt hopeless. In reply to their doubts, Moses declared in Exodus 14: 14, “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Through obedience, diligence and faith in Jesus Christ, Moses parted the Red Sea. With the Lord’s help, people “part the Red Sea” every day.
A very special experience for me this week was Brighton Girls Camp, the blind fold iron rod activity. The rope gave me confidence that I would make it to the end, even though I could not see where I was going. I didn’t know when I would get to the end, but I knew that I would. We don’t know when the Lord will come or how long we will be here in this probationary state; but if we heed to the doctrines in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can have the confidence that we will make it back to our Heavenly Father.
On Saturday Sister Marroquin and I were walking throug
h the Square heading to the South Visitor’s Center. Before going into the South VC, we felt prompted to take a walk around the Tabernacle, to see if there was someone we could help. Sitting down by West Gate, we met Norma. She is living in Richmond, Virginia, but originally from Honduras. Her daughter was at a conference, so Norma was babysitting her grandson, Victor. As we got to know her and what is important to her, she shared some very sacred experiences that she had with prayer. People dear to her were overseas in the war. She often prayed for their safety. Norma said, that one night, she dreamed that a man came to her, and told her that her they would return home safely. And in time, they did return home safely. Her faith in Jesus Christ is unshaken. We shared with her the Restoration of Christ’s Church on the earth and she asked if she could study the Book of Mormon. I know that as she exercises her faith in Jesus Christ, she will receive an answer that this sacred book is a true record and a true witness of Him.
I am thankful that Sister Marroquin and I were in tune with the Spirit so we could recognize that we needed to be at that specific place, at that time, to meet Norma.
This week our Mission was blessed to attend President Boyd K. Packer’s funeral service. What touched me the most, was the love between the Prophet, Apostles and their families. They had a unifying Spirit. President Gordon B. Hinkley said of Apostles, “They were called because the Lord wanted them in this office as men who have a witness of his divinity, and whose voices have been and will be raised in testimony of his reality.” After hearing President Thomas S. Monson speak, I knew, President Boyd K. Packer loved and treasured his relationship with his wife, Donna Packer. President Monson said of Donna, “We wanted her to know that we had never heard him bear his testimony without expressing his love for her.” I love President Thomas S. Monson, I know that he is a Prophet of the Lord. He is a special witness of the Savior, Jesus Christ. He hold the same Priesthood authority that Jesus Christ gave to His Apostles during His earthly ministry. I thank my Heavenly Father for a Prophet to guide us and bless our families with saving ordinances, available through the Priesthood. 🙂
Remember who you are, you are a child of God. He cares for you. :))
Sister Lyreche Tata