11 months…and 20 years!!!!!

i cant believe that this week im celebrating 11 months in the mish and 20 years of life!!!!! wowwee. im so grateful to be alive and to be serving Heavenly Father. life is good. and there is just so much goodness yet to come ūüôā

this week was really good! a lot of little tender mercies and the lord led us to some reall promising families! so we stopped by neuzas house again this week and her neighbors said that she was still at the beach. what the heck. but tudo bem (all is well). she will turn up one day, and get baptised. ive got her batismal form all ready to go folded up in my scriptures. in other news, ada our 8 year old girl that we have been working with for such a long time is getting baptised this saturday!!!!! we i first started working with her she said she didnt want to get baptised and her mom (jo) kept saying that she wasnt understanding and maybe when she gets a little bit older. humph. well, we have been talking about baptism with her for the past couple weeks and at first she said, well, maybe at the end of july when its my birthday. and then she bumped it up, maybe, the first week of july when its my brothers birthday. but she asked us about baptismal clothes and who can baptised her and so we knew that we just needed to take the plunge and help her take the plunge and just git r done. that week we fasted and prayed that she would accept; so on sunday, we planned to invite her to be baptised thissaturday. so we got there and i was a little bit scared, thinking what if we scare her off, we can wait until her birthday in july. and then i said to myself, snap out of it. faith not fear, and so we invited her to be baptised this saturday and she said YES!!! and her mom was super supportive and now is really gung ho about raising her kids in the gospel, she knows it needs to be done. this really was such a miracle from god. they have changed and progessed and softened so much from the time when i got here. im so excited and sooo happy. i dont think her baptism is going to count as a baptism for the mission because she is only 8 but really it doesnt matter. satan is the one thats going to keep whispering to us to put off and put off and put off the things we need to do that will help us get back to heavenly father. its happening. this saturday. be there or be square.
so on sunday we went to pick up an investigator but she wasnt home. we ended up missing our bus to get to church and we waited at the bus stop for about an hour for another bus to come. BUT, it was most definetly part of the lords plan for us that day because when we were waiting at the bus stop a young woman came and sat down next to us, waiting as well. so we struck up a conversation and it turns out she actually stopped going to the church she had been going to for a while because she wasnt happy there. we told her about the restoration and she welcomed us to share more in her home another day. the lord makes everything work out the way its supposed to. and when we finally got to church, we sat down and i just took a deep breath and felt so much peace. i felt the calming power of the holy ghost and felt its calming witness that this is christs church.
also, i was reading in the book of mormon this past week. mom shared a quote with me that really inspired me to read in 3 nephi. “the more you know jesus, the more you trust him. he knows you better than anyone. if you want the soothing healing powers of the atonement, you must know jesus“. and so i was reading in 3 nephi 17 and i came to verse 5 and just stopped. so this was when jesus came to visit the people in the americas after his ressurection and it said `¬†1¬†Behold, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto them: Behold, my¬†time is at hand.

 2 I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time.

 3 Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.

 4 But now I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel, for they are not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth whither he hath taken them.

5 And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they werein tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.`   and the holy ghost does what is does best and spoke quietly but with a lightning bolt effect that the Book of Mormon is truly our source of a personal account of the savior jesus christ. what pure emotion this verse oozed. i love the bible and read and study the bible along with the book of mormon but we do not get this kind of personal emotional grasp of the saviors love in the bible like the book of mormon contains. the holy ghost told my heart that this book is true. christ loves us and knows our lives and souls, personally. i know that we can gain a deeper understanding of teh saviors love and our relationship with him through the book of mormon. i know this is another testament of jesus christ. and i know that every one of us can receive a witness through the whisperings of the holy ghost, of the truthfulness and power of the book of mormon and the reality that the gospel of christ has been restored. the church of jesus christ of latter day saints is the church of jesus christ, and his restored gospel is the only way we can return to live with Father. I say these things in the name of jesus christ amen.
love,
sister jackson
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