Monday, March 31, 2014

Rain, 6 Elders in the house now, Prepare (the right way) for General Conference. 3-31-14

The time just keeps flying by! This past week was a fun one with all of the rain that we have been getting at random times during the day. Haha have a great story about that! So we went Sunday to pick up one of our investigators whose mother is a member, but hasn't gone to church in 5 years and told us that she probably won't be going back anytime soon even though she told us how much she loved being in the temple and feeling the peace there... Not quite sure what is holding her back, but we had an awesome charla (lesson) about the Atonement of Christ and how everyone can apply it in their life through a small act of faith and hope in Him. But anyways back to the story. We picked him up and then his little brother and sister wanted to come with us. So we were walking to the church and all of the sudden a huge wall of rain coming in sideways nailed us! We started booking it to the church, and our umbrellas did absolutely nothing. We arrived there soaking wet and laughing. Unpredictable weather here but lovin' it. 

This week has been very busy with yet another set of Elders living in our house now. Yes 6 elders in one house. I thought 4 was bad enough haha. The other elders are both Opening areas, and We only have 2 sets of keys and 2 phones for 3 companionships. A lot of planning every morning for times one of the keys or phones has to be in a certain area. Very confusing but we are working on it.

The highlight of the week for me was the Charla that we had with the Braga family about the General Conference coming up. We talked about King Benjamin and how in Mosiah 2 verse 3 it talks about bringing our sacrifices. If we are not sacrificing we are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is part of who we are and what we have to do. There is that type of sacrifice, and then That Sacrifice that Christ asked us to make in 3 Nephi 9 verse 19. We need to have a broken heart and contrite spirit before the Conference if we truly want to receive the guidance and answers in our lives. The Spirit always testifies stronger when we are humble and open to its influence. That takes us back to Mosiah 2 verse 9. Listen with an open heart. We need to act on the promptings we receive because even though the person might be saying one thing, we need to follow through with what we are feeling and thinking. An open, broken heart is receptive to the healing we will receive. We will be strengthened in our testimony and our "heart" will be stronger too. 

Mario is doing well also and just telling everyone that has been bashing on him that he knows the church is true and can't deny it. Great example of patience and conviction for me. He doesn't ever get mad at them, just testifies. The mission never ceases to teach me new things and allows for my testimony to keep growing. I know the Book of Mormon is true and I love how much it teaches us if we spend the time to meditate the words and apply them to our every day life. Christ lives and His Atonement is real. We just need to humble ourselves and let the Atonement of Christ take part in our life. He heals, strengthens, and forgives. Love you all and have a great General Conference Weekend!
                         ELDER Devashrayee


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