Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Transfers...Nothing Happened

Today is transfers. Nothing happened, but we are looking forward to another great transfer here in Guarabira. 
Sunday was a miracle, we brought 6 people to church- hats been our struggle this last transfer, so we were thrilled. And...we are helping 2 of them prepare to be baptized soon. One of them, Adailton even convinced his mom to come to church and now we are teaching their whole family. Yesterday we taught the word of wisdom and they all agreed to live it! Miracle, because even the ones who haven’t been to church are willing to accept the revelation to the prophet, heed the word of God and reap the blessings! Whoot!
Wednesday we had a sisters meeting. Fun to see all ``my girls`` again. My old companions seem to be doing well and it was nice to get to the city of JP again. 
Friday was a surprise. Katie’s mission president called mine, thinking it would be nice if Katie and I could talk for a few minutes. It was great! I was so impressed with how kind her President is. It was wonderful to talk to my best friend and even better to know, as I want each of you to know, that Katie is in very good hands. He told me that they love Katie and are taking good care of her. That she is a ``very sweet, sweet girl``. Anyways, he is a good guy, and I am quite sure he is one of the 3 Nephites.
I watched to Emma Smith movie this week. One quote really stuck out to me. She said something very profound- something I wanted to share with those who maybe think they aren’t strong enough these days to carry to load they have been called to bear. She said, “Strength isn’t something you have... it’s something God helps you find.”
I promise you that you are stronger than you think. And if you don’t feel strong yet, keep trying. Keep praying. Don’t give up and God will show you the strength that has been there all along.

Let us be faithful as the servants in the scriptures. The story of 3 in the book of Daniel is one we can all learn from. I read a quote, ``The faithful will not be totally immune to the events on this planet. Thus, the courageous attitudes of the imperiled Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are worthy of emulation. They knew God would rescue them. ‘But if not,’ they vowed, they would still serve god anyway.``
It is in serving God that we will understand better His love for us, and in that love find strength. His love is infinite. ``He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we are lost and without compass, God loves encompasses us completely...He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken... regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. Now matter our distress, now matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near unto Him so He can draw near unto us.`` -Uchtdorf.
I also read a really wonderful talk called ``Preserving the Heart´s Mighty Change``- conference October 2009. It has nothing to do with the quotes or ideas above, but, Read it! It’s really great.
Thank you for the emails, letters and support. I got a lot of it this week. Know that all is well here- I am happy as ever to be doing God’s work. Just take care of one another there, ok?
Have a wonderful week and be safe. Help each other. Please, just help each other. We all need it. 
Sister Seal

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