Megan's Background

Monday, March 23, 2015

They Are My Miracle and I Love Them So Much!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a great last week of Spring Break; it seemed to go by fast. :) It has been a crazy week here, full of lots of activities and different things. Here is an update for the week:

Tuesday: Every Tuesday we have District and Zone Meetings. This week we talked a lot about being a super missionary it was really great. Then President and Sister Hansen came by as we practiced for a fireside that we have Sunday night. It was good to talk to them and prepare for the fireside.

Wednesday: On Wednesday we had interviews with President, he does interviews every three months, my last one was the week after Christmas. He is so sweet, it was good to get to talk to him (in English:)) about the area and share with him how much I love my Mission; he gives great council and helps us all to be better missionaries.

Thursday: Thursday was our Family Home Evening at the Mission Home with Family Caceres. It went so well, I was nervous at first, but President and Hermana Hansen taught everything. Since Thursday was the Bolivian Fathers Day, President asked us each to share something about our dads. Talk about emotional. It was such a great opportunity to share my love for my dad and the gratitude I have for him and everything he has done for me, because there is no way I would be here without him. President then shared a video and talked about the Priesthood and the blessings it brings to our families. At the end President asked if anyone had questions, Marianna the 10 year-old girl (my favorite girl in the entire world) raised her hand. We were all curious to hear her question. She then asked if President would baptize her. Ha-ha. We were all caught off guard. President laughed, and looked at his schedule. So, we will be having 4 baptisms on Saturday, April 18th. Zail, Cyntia, Marianna and Zail’s 18 year-old sister Ana Paola that just moved in with them from Peru. After the leccion we played a game and ate BROWNIES, that Sis. Hansen made, and the kids thought they were the greatest things ever. As we were cleaning up President and the kids went into the backyard and played basketball. 

After we left the Mission Home the family really wanted to go onto temple grounds. We walked down to the temple and the gate was still open so we went in and took lots of pictures. I cannot tell you what joy filled my heart in that moment as they talked about how pretty it was and how badly they wanted to go in. Cyntia asked me while we were there if we could make a date for when they could go to the temple to be sealed forever. She asked if I would be able to go, and it just happens that a year from now I will still be here, it would be my last transfer in the mission. They are excited for this goal and again I feel like my heart isn’t big enough for this work. This night was so incredible, this family is a miracle family. They are my miracle and I love them all so much!

Saturday: The Young Women of the Stake had their Dance Festival. It was so awesome. We took one of our investigators, Keila. She is 13 and loves Young Women’s. She lived in Italy for 5 years and had leccions with the missionaries there. She loves the gospel and loves Personal Progress, which of course makes my heart happy. We have fun doing it together. Anyways the Dance Festival was awesome. Each ward represented a different country here in South America, and danced their traditional dance. They had the big skirts and everything. It was really impressive. Our ward represented Colombia because the YW President just got home from her mission there. In my opinion our ward was the best. :)

Sunday: This was such a special day. We went to church in the morning and then that evening at 6:00 we had a Noche Fogonera (fireside) for the entire Stake (our entire Zone) it was for all investigators and members. Everyone was so excited to hear President Hansen speak. We arrived early because I was a part of 2 musical numbers it all went so well. We had so many people come. We had recent converts bear testimonies, rescued less actives bear testimony, Hermana Hansen bore her testimony and President gave a talk. At the beginning of his talk he asked all of the missionaries to stand, it was so incredible to be able to stand in that crowd and see the other 15 missionaries standing as well. In his talk President shared our story about Wilder. It was a story that he remembered from when I shared it with him a while ago, it was so emotional. He also added his testimony about the experience we had. We closed the meeting singing Called to Serve. The missionaries sang the first 3 verses and everyone stood and sang the last verse it was SO powerful. Afterwards Zail asked if we could do it again. Ha-ha. This night went so well, which is a huge relief because it has been so stressful all week.

After the meeting a sweet lady named Sonya (I think I talked about her once, she was baptized almost a month ago) came up to me in tears. Her nephew while riding in a taxi with his family opened the door and fell out. He was critically injured and she had just found out on her way to this meeting. She was so upset. I put my arms around her and hugged her for a long time. We were talking when President came up, he knew her from an interview he’d had with her. She shared with him about the accident and to hear what President said to her was incredible. The comfort and the hope he gave was powerful. Afterwards I told her that we would take her home. As we were leaving, Hermana Hansen looked at me and said "you are exactly what she needs right now." I am not going to lie, I was nervous. I don’t feel like I know Spanish well enough to know what to say to someone who might lose a loved one. Even if I had to do it in English I wasn’t sure if I could offer the comfort she needed. As we drove to her house I said a pray in my heart that Heavenly Father would help me know how to help her. We walked into her house and I shared a scripture in D&C 121: 7-8*. She is a faithful woman and we shared that this is one of many reasons why Elders came to share the gospel with her at this time in her life. Her testimony will help her with this trial. She shared her love and the peace that she feels knowing that she has people and a Heavenly Father who love her. We said a prayer and left. I am grateful for the encouraging words of Hermana Hansen, because I felt inadequate to help Sonya. But, of course this is the Lords work and he makes all things possible. I am exhausted! It’s so crazy how much this work takes from you. I feel like I take on every ones problems and challenges, I have no room for my own. That’s why they stress the importance of personal study. I have no idea how the Savior did it, I am learning more about Him everyday. Sonya asked if we would fast with her, so tonight we are going over to her house to start a fast. I am grateful for her faith.

So this week has been draining, wonderful, exciting, nerve racking and every emotion you could think of, but I would not want to be anywhere else. I am grateful for President Hansen for how involved he is in our work as missionaries. He has a heart bigger than anyone I’ve met and I am so grateful to get to serve with him! I hope you all have a great week. I love you so much and am grateful for each one of your examples.

Hermana Lomax

*D&C 121: 7-8
My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes. 

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